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Smiley faceGOP operatives worry Trump will lose both the presidency and Senate majority (2020-05-28 )
Washington (CNN) A little more than three months ago as Democrats cast their ballots in the Nevada caucuses Republicans felt confident about their chances in 2020. The coronavirus seemed a distant far-off threat. Democrats appeared poised to nominate a self-described socialist for president. The stock market was near a record high. The economy was roaring. President Donald Trump looked well-positioned to win a second term and perhaps pull enough incumbent Republicans along with him to hold
Smiley faceMartin Scorsese Self-Shoots Short Film for BBC About Being in Isolation (2020-05-27 )
The legendary filmmaker explores what the shutdown has meant to him in the project set to air as part of 'Lockdown Culture With Mary Beard.' Martin Scorsese has made a short film for the BBC about being in isolation. The self-shot film in which the iconic director explores what the lockdown has meant to him is set to premiere on May 28 in the final episode of Lockdown Culture With Mary Beard the retitled new series of the BBC's flagship arts program Front Row Late. Lee Daniels also appears on
Smiley faceFrance Plans to Reopen Movie Theaters on June 22 (2020-05-28 )
Spectators in their vehicle attend a drive-in movie screening of 'ET' in the French riviera city of Cannes on May 20 2020. Cinemas in the country are allowed to gradually begin operating again after the government issued strict COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. France will allow cinemas to reopen June 22 the government disclosed Thursday. The move was part of a general relaxing of lockdown measures unveiled amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Like in many other countries the majority
Smiley faceSan Francisco testing blitz shows Covid-19 hit mostly low-wage workers (2020-05-28 )
Early in the coronavirus outbreak as the first infected patients trickled into Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Diane Havlir noticed a troubling trend. Most were Latinx most were men and most were young. The infectious disease specialist wanted to understand why — and what it meant about how this new virus was traveling through her city. Havlir who runs the HIV/AIDS division at the University of California San Francisco knew she needed data and a lot of it. While it seemed ne
Smiley faceTwitter's New Fact-Checking Stance Sets Difficult Precedent (2020-05-27 )
Twitter Inc. the notoriously unfiltered social network that has been called out for doing both too much and not enough to moderate conversations on its service has entered new territory -- at a particularly risky time. After years of staying on the sidelines as President Donald Trump pushed what many critics have deemed false and questionable information on its social-media service Twitter on Tuesday took the unprecedented step of publicly rebutting two of Trump’s tweets. When Trump posted
Smiley faceFearing coronavirus spike some Arab Gulf states turn to a supposed enemy: Israel (2020-05-28 )
With fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections looming some Arab Gulf nations have turned for help to an ostensible enemy and a country they don’t officially recognize: Israel. Call it COVID-19 diplomacy according to Yoel Har-Even head of the international division at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center one of Israel’s top medical institutions. The hospital has received inquiries about services and treatments from private individuals and businessmen from countries where “you have
Smiley faceCBS News cuts 75 staffers in ‘painful day’ (2020-05-27 )
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) CBS News is the latest casualty amid the COVID-19 pandemic after announcing job cuts for 75 staff members Wednesday. Susan Zirinsky CBS News president admitted that it was a “painful day” in a memo seen by Page Six. We’re told the cuts also affect flagship show “60 Minutes” — and that Zirinsky personally phoned as many of the affected as she could time permitting. She wrote: “None could have foreseen the economic fallout
Smiley faceNews Corp shuts down more than 100 print titles hundreds of jobs to go (2020-05-28 )
News Corp Australia has confirmed it will axe hundreds of jobs and stop the print editions of more than 100 suburban and regional mastheads as part of a major restructure aimed at cutting costs and consolidating its editorial and commercial operations. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed in April that the company was undertaking a major review of its business model and regional publishing business. The cuts follow a string of newsroom closures triggered by the coronavirus pandemic an
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Smiley face2020 Election: News Polls Presidential Candidates Results Primaries & Debates (2020-05-28 )
Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Thursday she does not want to be presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick. “It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration she said in a statement. “Nevada's economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get back on their feet.” Read More »
Smiley faceMinnesota governor calls in National Guard as Minneapolis braces for more violence (2020-05-28 )
Around midday Thursday the violence spread a few miles away to a Target in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood where police said 50 to 60 people rushed the store attempting to loot it. Police and state patrol squad cars later blocked the entrance but the looting then shifted to shops along nearby University Avenue one of St. Paul’s main commercial corridors and other spots in the city. St. Paul spokesman Steve Linders said authorities have been dealing with unrest in roughly 20 different ar
Smiley faceUK to increase Hong Kong visa rights if China pushes security law (2020-05-28 )
British National (Overseas) passports were issued to Hong Kongers born before the 1997 handover and under current rules passport holders can visit the UK for up for six months but cannot work or apply for citizenship. As of December 300 000 Hong Kongers held a BN(O) passport. Raab said Britain was now ready to change this rule. “If China continues down this path and implements this national security legislation we will change that status and we will remove that six-month limit and allow
Smiley faceEnglish Premier League to resume June 17 (2020-05-28 )
The English Premier League the most watched sports league in the world will restart next month. Beginning on June 17 with Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United the season will be wrapped up in six weeks with the other 90 games still to be played being held at weekends and at midweek. The schedule and return date were discussed at a meeting of the 20 clubs Thursday with the BBC reporting that all of the clubs agreed to the restart plan in principle. Advertisement
Smiley faceU.S. economy shrank at 5% annual rate in Q1 (2020-05-28 )
The downward revision to first quarter GDP reflected weaker investment by businesses in their inventories which was partially offset by slightly stronger consumer spending. Economists believe the lockdowns that shut wide swaths of the economy and triggered the layoffs of millions of workers will send the GDP sinking at an annual rate of 40% in the current quarter. That would be the biggest quarterly decline on records that go back to 1947. It would be four times the size of the previous decline
Smiley faceTim Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibodies (2020-05-28 )
Sen. Tim Kaine announced Thursday that he and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. In a statement the Virginia Democrat and former vice presidential hopeful explained that after testing positive for the flu he continued to experience symptoms. In April both Kaine and his wife Anne were told they could have mild cases of coronavirus but were not tested because of a shortage in testing. The symptoms went away in mid-April he said. Advertisement “We each tested pos
Smiley faceNevada secretary of state reviews MedMen donation allegations (2020-05-28 )
The office of Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske is reviewing allegations that the co-founder of MedMen made illegal campaign contributions to Gov. Steve Sisolak after POLITICO reported on the claims. Wayne Thorley deputy secretary of state for elections confirmed to The Associated Press that the office was reviewing the allegations detailed in a lawsuit against the company by its former CFO James Parker. A spokesperson for the secretary of state's office could not immediately be rea
Smiley faceTrump acknowledges ‘very sad milestone’ of 100 000 coronavirus deaths (2020-05-28 )
President Donald Trump on Thursday offered his first expression of sympathy in observance of the milestone of 100 000 American coronavirus deaths tweeting his condolences after drawing criticism for failing to reflect on the human cost of the outbreak in recent days. “We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100 000 ” Trump wrote online. “To all of the families & friends of those who have passed I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love
Smiley faceViolence again rocks Minneapolis after man’s death; 1 killed (2020-05-28 )
News helicopter footage showed protesters milling in streets near the city’s 3rd Precinct station with some running in and out of nearby stores. A Target a Cub Foods a Dollar Tree and an auto parts store all showed signs of damage and looting. As darkness fell fire erupted in the auto parts store and city fire crews rushed to control it. Protesters set other fires in the street. Officers could be seen surrounding the nearby precinct not attempting to intervene in the looting. Multiple
Smiley faceTrump launches his salvo against social media — will it land? (2020-05-28 )
Under the executive order Trump said he is asking regulators to reinterpret a law that shields internet companies from lawsuits over content on their sites a safeguard that has allowed Silicon Valley’s giants to generate some of the world’s biggest fortunes. My executive order calls for new regulations ... to make it that social media companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield he said But any such action depends on inde
Smiley faceTrump’s ‘big action’ on social media rests on limited legal powers (2020-05-28 )
These are answers to some key questions about Thursday’s announcement. What is Trump doing exactly? The president signed an executive order Thursday afternoon that calls on various agencies to take a hard look at the long-standing legal protections that safeguard online companies from libel suits and other litigation. These protections under a statute known as Section 230 are a crucial tool that companies like Twitter and Facebook rely on to amass their fortunes — offering Trump a target
Smiley faceZuckerberg Dorsey spar over Twitter’s flagging of Trump’s tweets (2020-05-28 )
Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg’s remarks in a string of tweets Wednesday evening imploring Twitter’s critics to “leave our employees out of this.” He also vowed the company would “continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally” and “admit to and own any mistakes we make” in the process. “This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth ’” Dorsey added. “Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information
Smiley faceEffort to renew FISA crumbles (2020-05-28 )
Speaking to reporters Thursday the California Democrat blasted Republicans — at the urging of Trump — for “abandoning their commitment to national security. This has always been bipartisan Pelosi said at a press conference. All of the sudden [Republican] commitment to national security disappeared by a tweet the twinkle of a tweet. By Thursday afternoon the House overwhelmingly voted to go to conference with the Senate. Lawmakers also agreed on who should represent the chamber
Smiley faceNevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto withdraws from Biden VP consideration (2020-05-28 )
Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Thursday she does not want to be presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick. “It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration she said in a statement. “Nevada's economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get back on their feet.” Advertisement Her withdrawal comes as
Smiley faceFamed Democratic pollster: Warren as VP would lead to Biden victory (2020-05-28 )
Introducing POLITICO Dispatch: An insider's briefing Fast. Short. Daily. We take you behind the headlines and help you understand the biggest stories driving politics and policy. In measuring several different messages of various candidates without their names attached Greenberg told Biden's team that Warren's message about a “rigged” system was “dominant” among the groups Biden needs such as millennials who may feel disillusioned by the tumult of recent decades. Greenberg's analysi
Smiley faceWhat If Trump’s Record on the Pandemic Is Better Than We Think? (2020-05-28 )
Trump does work for all of us of course and his response to the cataclysmic events of 2020 presumably will be the preoccupying question — what else comes close? — as voters this fall decide whether he continues to do so. At the moment that U.S. deaths have passed the 100 000 threshold more than any other country it’s fair to ask: By what rational standard could Trump pass this test? In the spirit of that question a newsroom colleague gave me a challenge: Take the other side and make
Smiley face‘This is What I Want’: Why Trump Needs a Packed Convention (2020-05-28 )
For all his norm-breaking Trump adores old-fashioned pageantry. He has waxed enthusiastic about military parades and reveled in royal red-carpet treatment overseas. And little has captivated him as much as the lively quadrennial jamborees when a political party chooses its presidential candidate. Indeed according to GOP operatives I spoke to who were with him 32 years ago at their party’s convention in New Orleans the four-day crescendo of public affirmation is what piqued his interest in t
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Smiley faceUN Chief Warns Leaders Pandemic May Cause Historic Famine; US China Russia Aren't There to Hear (2020-05-28 )
The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world ” with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to earn a living unless action is taken now. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told the high-level meeting on measures to help low- and middle-income countries cope with fallout from the crisis that it could lead to “a lo
Smiley faceActivists Criticize New Anti-violence Campaign in Mexico (2020-05-28 )
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Activists criticized a new Mexican government ad campaign on violence against women Thursday saying it minimizes the problem and depicts women as aggressors too. A video included in the campaign urges men and women to “count to ten” before lashing out at people in their home an approach used in a similar campaign in the 1980s. But activists said that reduces a huge structural and cultural problem to a simple issue of anger management. For example the very first sce
Smiley faceNIH Director: No Way of Knowing If Virus Came From Wuhan Lab (2020-05-28 )
The director of the National Institutes of Health told Politico the novel coronavirus is not manmade but there was no way of knowing if the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan China. Whether [the coronavirus] could have been in some way isolated and studied in this laboratory in Wuhan we have no way of knowing Dr. Francis Collins told the news outlet Wednesday. He added but nature created this virus and has proven once again to be the most effective bioterrorist. His comments come a
Smiley faceUK May Extend Visas to Hong Kong People Amid China Flap (2020-05-28 )
The United Kingdom will give visa rights to close to 300 000 people in Hong Kong should China impose national security laws in the city. The U.K.'s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel made the move not long after China's National People's Congress declared it would enforce national security legislation against the former British colony. Raab said he would extend the British National (Overseas) passport holders for an additional 6-12 months which could lead to future
Smiley faceChinese Propaganda Rips Trump's Virus Response as 'Incompetent' (2020-05-28 )
Chinese state media on Thursday called President Donald Trump’s administration “incompetent” in its coronavirus response. An editorial that was published in Thursday’s People’s Daily the official publication of the Chinese Communist Party called out the US death toll which surpassed 100 000 people. It also suggested that the Trump administration change its response efforts to the virus pandemic. The op-ed stated that the U.S. death toll represents “one of the darkest moments in
Smiley faceMost Countries Underreporting COVID-19 Deaths (2020-05-28 )
Many countries are not reporting all of the fatalities linked to COVID-19 The Wall Street Journal reports. According to the newspaper global death statistics indicate that very few countries are accurately portraying how many coronavirus deaths they have had. Data from the U.S. Russia U.K. and the Netherlands all show the number of deaths from all causes tallied has increased from March. But not all of those deaths are being attributed to coronavirus. The exception is Belgium which accor
Smiley faceUS Joins G7 Artificial Intelligence Group to Counter China (2020-05-28 )
The U.S. has joined an international panel for setting ethical guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence. The Trump administration had earlier dismissed the idea. The White House's chief technology officer Michael Kratsios told The Associated Press on Thursday it is important to establish shared democratic principles as a counter to China's record of “twisting technology” in ways that threaten civil liberties. “Chinese technology companies are attempting to shape international
Smiley faceUN Host UK Set New Date for Climate Talks in November 2021 (2020-05-28 )
BERLIN (AP) — Host Britain said Thursday that the next global climate talks postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic will be held in Glasgow from Nov. 1-12 2021. The U.N. talks originally scheduled for this November are regarded as an important moment to review progress since the Paris climate accord was agreed in 2015. Countries that have signed the Paris Agreement are due to submit new plans by the end of this year for curbing their greenhouse gas emissions. U.N. climate chief Pat
Smiley faceEU Renews Syria Sanctions with Conflict in Its 10th Year (2020-05-28 )
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials military officers and business people over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council headquarters of the 27 EU countries said in a statement Thursday that the sanctions would be extended until June 1 2021 more than a decade after the conflict began “as the repression of the civilia
Smiley faceFrench Way of Life to Resume with Restaurants Reopening (2020-05-28 )
PARIS (AP) — The French way of life is set to largely resume next week with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. In a speech on Thursday Prime Minister Edouard Philippe promised that “freedom will at last again become the rule.” France is one of the world’s hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus and was under strict lockdown for two months before starting to ease restrictions on May 11. Authorities have re
Smiley faceRegional Court Orders Panama to Protect Migrants' Health (2020-05-28 )
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A regional human rights court has ordered Panama’s government to immediately provide medical care and more sanitary conditions for some 2 000 migrants detained near the Colombian border. Prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic Panama had practiced what it called a “controlled flow ” which allowed migrants emerging from the dangerous Darien jungle to rest at camps before boarding buses and continuing their journey up through Central America. Now border police are hol
Smiley facePrince William Urges Men to Open up on Mental Health Issues (2020-05-28 )
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has admitted he’s found being a parent overwhelming at times and that the “life-changing” experience of having children brought back the trauma he experienced following the death of his mother Princess Diana. Speaking during a new BBC documentary airing Thursday the second-in-line to the British throne told former professional soccer player Marvin Sordell that emotional events of the past — such as losing a parent — can resurface. “Having
Smiley faceKosovo's Caretaker Governing Party Holds Peaceful Rally (2020-05-28 )
PRISTINA Kosovo (AP) — A few thousand supporters of Kosovo's left-wing governing party surrounded government buildings Thursday to oppose the nomination of a new prime minister by the small Balkan country’s president. The participants maintained social distancing and wore masks and gloves during the demonstration around the parliament main government and presidential buildings in Pristina. A big poster at the rally read “We want elections.” A spokesman for the Self-Determination Mov
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Smiley faceThe issue of police violence entered the 2020 campaign with the death of George Floyd (2020-05-28 )
The incident and President Trump’s and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s responses to it thus far are giving us a lens through which to view their political calculations regarding the challenges of appealing to diverse voting blocs: black Americans deeply angered by police violence suburban voters uncomfortable with the country’s racism and Americans who are sympathetic to police and want a leader who will be tough on crime. AD AD The story had been grabbing headlines for a
Smiley facePredictions for a post-coronavirus economy you won’t hear anywhere else (2020-05-28 )
Because of our newfound fear of dangerous microbes we are meant to believe that people will now think twice about boarding an airplane checking into a hotel attending a concert or taking their kids to Disney World. And having discovered that they can work just as well from home the betting is that white-collar workers will no longer be willing to make those daily commutes to downtown office buildings forever changing the nature of work and triggering a mass exodus from New York Seattle S
Smiley faceTrump retweets a video saying ‘the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat’ (2020-05-28 )
Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico! https://t.co/aCRJeskUA8 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28 2020 What lay ahead was entirely predictable. People are rightly pointing out that a president just promoted the idea of dead Democrats. Trump will have the kind of plausible deniability he craves — the guy even said he wasn’t being literal! — and the world will keep turning. AD But the speaker has also made clear he wasn’t being entirely figurative. And Trump’s history w
Smiley facePeople are mistaking stimulus payments for junk mail or a scam (2020-05-28 )
The prepaid debit cards allow recipients to make purchases online and at any retail location where Visa is accepted. Recipients can also receive cash from in-network ATMs and transfer funds to their personal bank accounts without a fee. (Fees may apply if an out-of-network ATM is used.) The cards issued by Treasury’s financial agent MetaBank were intended to speed the process of getting out the payments. Tens of millions of others have received their money by direct deposit check or the D
Smiley faceAnti-Trump super PAC launched by Republicans takes aim at McConnell (2020-05-28 )
The Lincoln Project has a much smaller war chest than other independent groups going after Trump. But it is aiming to make the most of its unique position by directly antagonizing the president who appears particularly piqued by the involvement of lawyer George T. Conway who is married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. AD AD While the group’s primary focus is Trump it has also sought to needle other Republicans it accuses of enabling Trump’s presidency. In a statement George
Smiley faceVA says it has ‘ratcheted down’ use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans (2020-05-28 )
“We have ratcheted down as we’ve brought more treatments online ” Wilkie who wore a surgical mask told the panel. “And I expect that to continue.” AD At the height of its use VA prescribed the drug to 404 patients the week of March 29 agency data shows. The most high-profile proponent and user of hydroxychloroquine is President Trump who has heralded the antimalarial drug as a treatment “game changer” and asked patients “What do you have to lose?” by taking it. The pres
Smiley faceThe Trailer: What we’ve learned from the great mask war (2020-05-28 )
In this edition: Why Biden thrives in Trumpian chaos what new looks at the Sanders campaign say about the left and what an ad war in New Mexico says about Republican primaries. Welcome back to the Internet's No. 1 resource on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act! This is The Trailer. President Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday. (Doug Mills/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Joe Biden donned a face mask for a few minutes Monday as he laid a wreath at a Delaware war memorial. He wore it again
Smiley faceTrump might have won three states in 2016 solely on the strength of Republican absentee voting (2020-05-28 )
The point is that Trump clearly didn’t vote in person very often. As president he still doesn’t voting by absentee ballot even when it’s not necessary. He’s not alone. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also generally votes by absentee ballot as does Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway. Normally such details are unimportant if not expected. But Trump McEnany and Conway have all spent the past week or two disparaging voting by mail bolstering the president’s insis
Smiley faceTrump won’t say whether Minneapolis police officers should be prosecuted for death of George Floyd (2020-05-28 )
Trump won’t say whether Minneapolis police officers should be prosecuted for death of George Floyd President Trump on May 28 said he asked the Department of Justice to investigate the death of George Floyd who died in police custody on May 25.
Smiley faceTrump suggests shutting down Twitter says he doesn’t know how it could be done (2020-05-28 )
Trump suggests shutting down Twitter says he doesn’t know how it could be done President Trump on May 28 said he would shut down Twitter if it were “not honorable ” but also said he did not know how he would be able to shut down a U.S. company.
Smiley faceGraham urges senior judges to step aside before November election so Republicans can fill vacancies (2020-05-28 )
“This is an historic opportunity ” Graham said. “We’ve put over 200 federal judges on the bench. . . . If you can get four more years I mean it would change the judiciary for several generations. So if you’re a circuit judge in your mid-60s late 60s you can take senior status now would be a good time to do that if you want to make sure the judiciary is right of center.” AD Depending on the number of years they have served on the bench judges who are age 65 and older are elig
Smiley faceResearchers ponder why covid-19 appears deadlier in the U.S. and Europe than in Asia (2020-05-26 )
Parts of Asia reacted quickly to the threat and largely started social distancing earlier on. But researchers are also examining other factors including differences in genetics and immune system responses separate virus strains and regional contrasts in obesity levels and general health. AD What are the numbers? China where the virus emerged late last year in Wuhan has recorded fewer than 5 000 deaths which translates to three deaths per million inhabitants. Japan has around seven per mi
Smiley faceBank sanctions delistings: U.S. poised to take financial fight to China (2020-05-28 )
The dimensions of the conflict broadened this month when President Trump moved to prevent a federal retirement fund from investing billions of dollars in shares of Chinese companies. Days later the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would require Chinese firms listed on U.S. stock exchanges to provide transparency about their finances and ownership to auditors. The measure if signed into law could force scores of Chinese firms to delist from the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. AD
Smiley faceThe coronavirus pandemic gets personal for a family of pediatricians in the Philippines (2020-05-28 )
The coronavirus pandemic gets personal for a family of pediatricians in the Philippines Medicine runs in the Ablaza family but with no end in sight for the pandemic in the Philippines and a severely undermanned health system the pandemic has hit close to home.
Smiley faceHundreds killed villages destroyed in massacres undermining South Sudan’s peace deal (2020-05-27 )
The violence however comes on the heels of the formation of a new government in South Sudan one intended to bring an end to a civil war that began in 2013 and has cost more than 400 000 lives. The two main belligerents President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar declared “a new dawn” and that “peace has come to stay ” but many other militant leaders who were jockeying for power were left out of the deal which was signed in late February. “The deal could have been the
Smiley faceChina endorses Hong Kong security law imperiling city’s status as financial hub (2020-05-28 )
“This fundamentally changes the landscape for both the rule of law and for the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong ” said Antony Dapiran a Hong Kong-based lawyer and author of the new book “City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong.” AD AD “Beijing is imposing this law over the heads of the duly elected legislature and in contravention of the Basic Law ” he said referring to the mini-constitution that has allowed Hong Kong to enjoy relative freedoms under a “one country two systems
Smiley faceChina-India border standoff: what could go wrong? (2020-05-28 )
Amid the global coronavirus pandemic assessing exactly what is happening in this dispute between the two most populous countries on Earth is difficult. Much of the border region is closed to the press so reporters have to rely on statements and leaks. AD Many accounts suggest that aggressive Chinese patrols in the area known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC) were to blame — or in what may not necessarily be a contradiction that Indian construction in the region had been interpreted as
Smiley faceCovid-19 put him in the hospital where he thought he’d die. Months later he’s still recovering. (2020-05-27 )
Covid-19 put him in the hospital where he thought he’d die. Months later he’s still recovering. Masahiro Hoshino 74 and his wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on the Diamond Princess cruise ship where he contracted the novel coronavirus. From his hospital bed in Tokyo he recorded his last goodbyes to her and their sons. But after months of recovery he is back to playing his saxophone.
Smiley faceHong Kong protesters defy police crackdown to resist China’s tightening grip (2020-05-27 )
With Hong Kong's role as a global financial center increasingly clouded Chinese President Xi Jinping is escalating a crackdown and advancing plans to end the strife-torn city's autonomy and hasten its full integration into China. AD Beijing's rapid moves in Hong Kong have been denounced by the United States and allies but Washington took its first clear diplomatic steps Wednesday. AD Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress that Hong Kong no longer should be considered autonomous
Smiley faceHouse passes bill to ease access to small-business loans in pandemic but impasse with Senate remains (2020-05-28 )
The House legislation strongly supported by business groups that lobbied hard for changes to the existing program would give businesses more time to have the loans forgiven and paid off by the U.S. government. The vote came as the Labor Department reported that an additional 2.1 million Americans filed jobless claims last week bringing the 10-week total to more than 40 million applications. AD The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has emerged as one of the most visible elements of the $2 t
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Smiley faceTrump’s Deregulation Efforts Pave Way for Economic Recovery (2020-05-28 )
Igniting an economic comeback is the federal government's most important job now that efforts to flatten the curve and support medical workers have succeeded. President Trump recently released his Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery empowering federal agencies to remove red tape to help businesses quickly and safely recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Russ Vought acting director of the Office of Management and Budget argues Typically when our country has face
Smiley faceFamed Democratic pollster: Warren as VP would lead to Biden victory (2020-05-28 )
Introducing POLITICO Dispatch: An insider's briefing Fast. Short. Daily. We take you behind the headlines and help you understand the biggest stories driving politics and policy. In measuring several different messages of various candidates without their names attached Greenberg told Biden's team that Warren's message about a “rigged” system was “dominant” among the groups Biden needs such as millennials who may feel disillusioned by the tumult of recent decades. Greenberg's analysi
Smiley faceTucker Carlson: Mail-In Ballot Harvesting Is Ripe With Voter Fraud (2020-05-28 )
TUCKER CARLSON: A lot of people in this country have been suffering through this pandemic but many of our most ambitious politicians have treated the disaster as a massive opportunity. A chance to implement their entire agenda all at once immigration amnesty to massive tech censorship. The biggest goal is to eliminate every remaining barrier to voter fraud in this country. They claim to do that by enacting nationwide mail-in voting. Earlier today the president tweeted this about universal ma
Smiley faceThe Green God That Failed — Almost (2020-05-28 )
One of the signal intellectual events of the early Cold War period was the 1950 publication of The God That Failed in which six prominent figures explained why they broke from Communism. The book was a sensation because it came from leading figures on the left rather than from longtime anti-Communists whose arguments and commitments were discounted. Most of the six distinguished and diverse figures including the Hungarian Arthur Koestler Italian novelist Ignazio Silone and American Richard
Smiley faceAnother Pearl in China’s String? (2020-05-28 )
Plans in Cambodia for a massive tourist resort on an out-of- the way island don‘t add up and may serve a different goal. The Cambodian island of Koh Rong long a backpacker’s haven lies just a quick boat ride from Sihanoukville a city that has come to symbolise the governmental intimacy of Cambodia and China. Omnipresent Chinese-owned casinos along with frequent reports of criminal behaviour have turned Sihanoukville into a “sordid gambling mecca”. A growing wave of anti-Chinese s
Smiley faceHaven Can’t Fix Employer Health Care (2020-05-28 )
Haven never stood a chance. The nonprofit created by Amazon Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to tame costs and improve quality in job-based health insurance is floundering after more than two years of operations. Its problems stem from a flawed premise. The founding companies assumed that employer-sponsored coverage could be fixed with entrepreneurial energy and creative use of information technology. They were wrong. The cause of today’s dysfunction is misaligned incentives embedded in
Smiley faceRep. Ilhan Omar: No Way To Justify Police's Extreme Aggression Towards George Floyd Protesters (2020-05-28 )
Shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at unarmed protesters when there are children present should never be tolerated. Ever. What is happening tonight in our city is shameful. Police need to exercise restraint and our community needs space to heal. https://t.co/vwAIV7t5WJ — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 27 2020 I am heartbroken. Horrified at the needless death of George Floyd another innocent black man murdered by police in our community. Frustrated that we keep finding ourselves in
Smiley faceGeorge Floyd's Brother: Justice Means These Cops Need To Be Arrested Convicted Of Murder And Given Death Penalty (2020-05-28 )
Philonise Floyd George Floyd's brother said Thursday he wants the police officers involved in his brother’s death to be executed for murder. People are torn and hurt because they're tired of seeing black men die constantly over and over again Floyd told CNN Thursday morning. They took my brother's life. He will never get that back. I will never see him again. My family will never see him again. These officers they need to be arrested right now. They need to be arrested and held accounta
Smiley faceWatch: Riots Looting Arson At Protest Over George Floyd’s Death In Minneapolis (2020-05-28 )
The affordable housing development is gone. Wendy's too. AutoZone a husk. pic.twitter.com/95UjML7lN6 The owners of this Cub gave me permission to show the damage inside pic.twitter.com/Y1j0Zs1byz — Lou Raguse (@LouRaguse) May 28 2020 Some officers are starting to head home. Several protesters remain. Lotsa camera phones out recording. A man walks up and laments the destruction of the building where he worked making medical devices and such. Someone nearby says that even days later peop
Smiley faceLooters In Minneapolis Ransack Target Burn Down Wendy's (2020-05-28 )
Footage from inside the ransacked Target at the Minneapolis BLM riot last night. People brought their children there. Others could be seen using drills and other tools to try and remove cash registers. Drugs from the pharmacy were looted. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/LZSflcRRV9 Someone recorded video of himself looting what remained in the Target pharmacy in Minneapolis. A person is recorded using a hammer to try and break into the safe. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd pic.twit
Smiley faceHow Media Sensationalism Big Tech Bias Extended Lockdowns (2020-05-28 )
This is Part 2 in a series. Last week Part 1 discussed How Fear Groupthink Drove Unnecessary Global Lockdowns. Epidemiologists created faulty lockdown models. The media promoted fear. Politicians assumed worst-case scenarios and big tech suppressed dissenting views. This is how people’s fears grew disproportional to reality and how seemingly short-term lockdowns stretched into months. Did You Know? As of May 20 the CDC estimates that coronavirus has an overall infection fatality rate of
Smiley faceTrump and Musk unite over Twitter the moon and sticking it to the establishment (2020-05-27 )
Tiana Lowe a conservative commentator for the Washington Examiner who recently wrote an article defending Musk said she hoped it was a sign that Musk fans and Trump fans could find common ground over their shared enemies. “We don't see him hinting and nodding and winking at the alt-right and we don't see him hinting or nodding or winking at racism or sexism ” Lowe said. “But there is sort of an attitude of if Texas is going to let me run my business that's great. If fake news media i
Smiley faceThe COVID Guidance Muddle: No Wonder We Stand Divided (2020-05-28 )
As officials across the U.S. struggle to enforce a “new normal” of mask wearing and social distancing while convincing their citizens to accept continued partial or full lockdown restrictions a closer look at public health authorities’ messaging over the past four months makes it clear why the nation has become so divided over the pandemic response. Adding to the muddle of late is disparate guidance regarding plane train bus and car travel. For the first three months of the pandemic p
Smiley faceGive Small Businesses Liability Protection (2020-05-28 )
As America opens up businesses need Washington’s help. Those that survived the pandemic now face a new outbreak: lawsuits. Without legal protections passed by Congress businesses large and small will face a tidal wave of crippling litigation that will extinguish any hope of a successful recovery. McDonald’s Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods are already battling overzealous attacks by trial lawyers. Companies like these are big enough to weather the storm. But small businesses could be was
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Smiley faceCorporate America is very very bullish on the economic recovery from coronavirus (2020-05-28 )
New York (CNN Business) Business leaders predict the United States will swiftly dig itself out of the deep downturn driven by the coronavirus pandemic. Two-thirds of US executives surveyed expect the American economy will recover from the recession within one year according to a survey of 300 decision makers conducted by TMF Group that was shared exclusively with CNN Business. And nearly three-quarters (74%) of those CEOs founders and other high-level execs are very or somewhat confident in
Smiley faceJCPenney reopens 150 stores (2020-05-28 )
New York (CNN Business) JCPenney which filed for bankruptcy just two weeks ago is in the process of reopening hundreds of stores. The retailer said that it reopened its doors at 150 stores in 27 states. The stores had been closed because of health concerns and stay-at-home orders prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The newly reopened JCPenney stores brought the company's total to 304 reopened stores. It expects to have 500 stores opened by Wednesday June 3. But the reopenings come at the same
Smiley faceStarbucks mugs and tumblers are in hot demand from bargain hunters (2020-05-27 )
New York (CNN) Forget Gucci Chanel or Louis Vuitton. It's Starbucks that's emerged as a hot brand for bargain hunters. Shoppers in the past several weeks have flocked to popular resale marketplaces like Poshmark and OfferUp to score mugs tumblers and cups bearing the Seattle-based chain's brand. Starbucks SBUX Poshmark CEO Manish Chandra said a pandemic-triggered nostalgia fordrinks and the Starbucks experience has made it the number one trending brand on the site. Starbucks nostalgia is fu
Smiley faceThe pandemic is changing how much frozen food we buy (2020-05-28 )
San Francisco (CNN Business) Pantry-loading has extended into freezer-stuffing in the pandemic and that means frozen food items like Stouffer's Lasagna Hot Pockets and Marie Callender's pies are flying off shelves. Americans shelled out $15.5 billion in the frozen food aisles during the 11 weeks that ended on May 16 2020 a 40.2% increase from the comparable year-ago period according to Nielsen data. It's good news for a category that has seen a big revamp in recent years as consumers shun
Smiley faceFresh air bright lights and no clutter: What makes a pandemic-friendly restaurant (2020-05-28 )
But it's far from business as usual. In addition to following new social distancing and hygiene rules restaurants have to figure out how to get customers in the door. Understanding what consumers are looking for right now will help. Enter Tanya Spaulding principal at Shea Inc. a full-service restaurant design firm based in Minneapolis Minnesota. She shared her tips with CNN Business on what will bring customers back in the pandemic era. Among the solutions: bright lights and clearing the
Smiley faceMajor milestone: Coal consumption falls behind renewable energy in the United States (2020-05-28 )
New York (CNN Business) The last time the United States consumed more renewable energy than coal was in the 19th century when hydropower was just getting started and wood burning was a major fuel source. Now it's happening again as the nation consumed more energy last year from renewable sources like solar and wind than from coal. This is the first time that has happened since before 1885. America's coal consumption collapsed by another 15% last year to its weakest level since 1964 the EIA
Smiley faceAdidas and Allbirds are teaming up to create a shoe with zero carbon footprint (2020-05-28 )
New York (CNN Business) After exchanging some cheeky messages on social media in the wee hours of Thursday morning Adidas and Allbirds are linking up. (Sneaker companies they're just like us!) The sportswear company and sustainability-focused Silicon Valley-based shoemaker are joining forces to create a high performance sneaker with the lowest possible carbon emissions. It's an unusual partnership of two competitors in the fast-growing eco-friendly footwear space with the aim of setting a ne
Smiley faceAmazon says it will keep most of the jobs it added during the coronavirus pandemic (2020-05-28 )
New York (CNN Business) Amazon hired 175 000 temporary employees during the pandemic to keep up with unprecedented demand. With no sign of letup Amazon has decided to keep about 70% of them -- permanently. The company has been on a hiring spree since March when government leaders across the US began issuing shelter-in-place mandates to stem the spread of Covid-19. Amazon AMZN On Thursday said it will offer full-time roles that pay at least $15 per hour and offer a comprehensive benefits pac
Smiley faceDisney CEO explains why it's safe to go back to Disney World (2020-05-27 )
New York (CNN Business) Disney World is set to reopen but is it safe to return to the most magical place on earth ? The Disney resort located in Orlando Florida plans to reopen on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios the company said on Wednesday. The resort which closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic will implement several health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during a phased r
Smiley faceDisney World sets reopening date (2020-05-27 )
New York (CNN Business) Disney World will reopen its gates ending a multi-month closure of the park that left the Walt Disney Company reeling . The Disney theme park which employs some 70 000 people plans to begin a phased reopening on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios the company said on Wednesday. Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its parks The plan was ap
Smiley faceAmerican and Delta are preparing for potentially massive layoffs (2020-05-28 )
New York (CNN Business) Plummeting demand for travel has forced two major US carriers — Delta Air Lines and American Airlines — to gut their workforces through voluntary exit programs and layoffs. In a letter addressed to employees American said Wednesday that it needs to eliminate about 30% of its management and support staff because of its transition into a smaller airline. In addition to the staffing cuts the Dallas-based company said involuntary separation decisions will be communicat
Smiley faceBoeing lays off nearly 7 000 workers (2020-05-27 )
New York (CNN Business) Boeing laid off 6 770 workers Wednesday part of a plan to reduce 16 000 total jobs because of the rapid decrease in air travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have come to the unfortunate moment of having to start involuntary layoffs CEO Dave Calhoun said in a message to employees Wednesday. I wish there was some other way. While Boeing notified the laid-off workers Wednesday most will stay on the payroll through the end of July the comany said.Before Wednesda
Smiley faceEasyJet to slash workforce by 30% as it prepares for years of weak demand (2020-05-28 )
London (CNN Business) Low-cost European carrier EasyJet has announced plans to slash its workforce by up to 30% as it overhauls operations to reflect reduced demand for air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company said in a statement Thursday that it will start a consultation with employees in the coming days to reduce staff numbers. It will also slash its fleet size make changes to its flight network and find more efficient ways of working. EasyJet has over 15 000 employees acc
Smiley faceLatin America's largest airline LATAM files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (2020-05-26 )
Atlanta (CNN Business) LATAM Airlines Group the largest carrier in Latin America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday according to a statement released on its website. Reservations employee pay flight vouchers as well as passenger and cargo operations will not be affected according to the statement. The U.S. Chapter 11 financial reorganization process provides a clear and guided opportunity to work with our creditors and other stakeholders to reduce our debt address commercial ch
Smiley faceDisney CEO wants you back in the parks mask and all (2020-05-27 )
With Disney World looking to reopen in mid-July CEO Bob Chapek explains to CNN Business' Frank Pallotta why the mandatory use of face masks and social distancing won't spoil the fun.
Smiley faceZipline's drones are delivering covid-19 supplies to hospitals. Here's why that matters (2020-05-26 )
Residents of Huntersville North Carolina might notice drones flying above the city. That's because Novant Health in partnership with Zipline has begun using drones to help deliver life-saving PPE to its hospitals. Here's how that could potentially shape the future of health care.
Smiley faceWatch the biggest moments in SpaceX's history (2020-05-26 )
Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. Since then the company has had a series of innovative breakthroughs and a few memorable mishaps. Source: CNN Business
Smiley faceHBO Max is here. Its boss explains why it's worth the price (2020-05-26 )
Chairman of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer Bob Greenblatt tells CNN's Frank Pallotta what to expect from HBO Max the company's new streaming service - available for $14.99 a month - that he claims offers a more curated slate of content.
Smiley faceRupert Murdoch's News Corp is cutting jobs and shutting down dozens of newspapers in Australia (2020-05-28 )
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Rupert Murdoch's News Corp ( NWS ) is shutting down dozens of local newspapers in Australia and ending print production for most of its smaller publications as part of a major shakeup of its business in the country. The publisher — which is one of the largest in the country and which owns the major national broadsheet The Australian and tabloids such as The Daily Telegraph and The Herald Sun — attributed the changes to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has impact
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Smiley faceDonald Trump Signs Exec Order to Curb Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’ (2020-05-28 )
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday in the White House to defend free speech on social media and regulate social media companies for selectively censoring users. “We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers ” the president said referring to the “unchecked power” wielded by social media companies in the United States. The president signed the order in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon. “They’ve had unchecked power to censor r
Smiley faceNational Guard Activated to Respond to Minneapolis Violence (2020-05-28 )
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard on Thursday as looting broke out in St. Paul and a wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking shambles. The Minneapolis unrest ravaged several blocks in the Longfellow neighborhood with scattered rioting reaching for miles across the city. It was the second consecutive night of violent protests follow
Smiley faceVideo: St. Paul Protesters Smash Police Vehicles Outside Looted Target (2020-05-28 )
A group of protesters in St. Paul damaged local police vehicles outside a looted Target store on Thursday as violent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd continue to spread. Minnesota Reformer reporter Ricardo Lopez shared footage of dozens of protesters demonstrating outside of the University Avenue store. One video shows a state trooper vehicle with its back window shattered. These police cars continue getting damaged. It’s the only barrier between police and this very angry crowd
Smiley faceFloyd Prosecutor: Some Evidence Doesn't Support Criminal Charge (2020-05-28 )
Michael Freeman the Hennepin County Attorney investigating the involvement of Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd said Thursday that some evidence in the case does not support criminal charges against the cops. “That video is graphic and horrific and terrible and no person should do that ” Freeman said in a press conference. “But my job in the end is to prove that he violated a criminal statute and there’s other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.
Smiley faceMcEnany: President Donald Trump 'Very Upset' by George Floyd Video (2020-05-28 )
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Trump was “very upset” by the video of George Floyd’s death after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. “He was very upset by it ” McEnany said during the White House press briefing on Thursday afternoon calling the incident “egregious appalling and tragic.” The video prompted arson looting and rioting in Minneapolis although officials fired all four police officers involved in the in
Smiley faceJohn Pudner: Trump’s Mail-In Voting Comments Could Accidentally Suppress GOP Turnout (2020-05-28 )
John Pudner executive director of Take Back Our Republic told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight that President Donald Trump’s criticism of mail-in voting may unintentionally suppress his own turnout in November by dissuading Republican voters from using absentee ballots. Pudner explained that there is a distinction between the long-standing practice of sending absentee ballots to voters who take the initiative to request them and the new proposal to mail out unsolicited ballots to every r
Smiley faceTwitter Corrects Fact Check on Voting After It Gets Fact-checked (2020-05-28 )
Twitter corrected the notice that it appended to tweets by President Donald Trump on Tuesday after the Wall Street Journal pointed out that the fact check itself was factually inaccurate. After Trump tweeted criticism of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to send mail-in ballot applications to every registered voter in the state Twitter added a “fact check” label that read: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” ….living in the state no matter who they are or how they got
Smiley faceMcEnany: No One Needs to Be Fact Checked More than the Media (2020-05-28 )
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took shots at the media complaining about President Trump’s tweets reminding corporate media reporters that they had all published false reports. CNN reporter Jim Acosta accused President Trump of making false statements. “If there’s any president out there that should be fact-checked any political leader that should be fact-checked shouldn’t it be President Trump?” Acosta asked. “If you’re going to get into the fact-checking busin
Smiley faceMcEnany: Twitter Targeting Trump Not China or Their Own Employees (2020-05-28 )
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Twitter on Thursday for their bias in targeting supporters of President Donald Trump online. “I believe it is time to ‘get the facts’ about Twitter and other social media platforms targeting their bias against President Trump and conservatives online ” McEnany said during the White House press briefing on Thursday afternoon. She specifically pointed to Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth who falsely claimed that there wer
Smiley faceCNN’s Baldwin Breaks Down on Air: As a White Woman Aware of My Own Privilege ‘I Am So Angry’ (2020-05-28 )
Thursday on CNN’s “Newsroom ” host Brooke Baldwin got emotional while interviewing Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins about the death of George Floyd. After playing a clip of Jenkins singing “Amazing Grace” during a city council meeting an emotional Baldwin said “That voice you just heard was that of Minneapolis city council vice president Andrea Jenkins who joins me now. Excuse me Miss Jenkins your voice that song with just everything that’s been happening. You
Smiley faceRose McGowan: ‘Credit to Trump for Calling for an Immediate Investigation into George Floyd’s Murder’ (2020-05-28 )
Actress and activist Rose McGowan praised President Donald Trump just one day after he requested the Justice Department to launch an investigation into the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis this week. “Credit to Trump for calling for an immediate investigation into George Floyd’s murder ” Rose McGowan said in a tweet this afternoon to her more than 900 000 followers. “Credit to the Minnesota Mayor Frey for calling for immediate arrests. It’s time for rig
Smiley faceRosenstein Confirms He Will Testify: 'Even the Best ... Make Mistakes' (2020-05-28 )
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that he will be testifying next week to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Obama administration’s investigation into the Trump campaign dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. Rosenstein said in a statement sent to journalists: I am grateful to Chairman Graham for the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about information that has come to light concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillan
Smiley faceAndrew Cuomo to Sign Order Letting Businesses Kick Out People Without Masks (2020-05-28 )
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Thursday that he will sign an executive order allowing businesses to bar entry to individuals who do not wear a mask or face covering amid the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. “We made them mandatory in public settings public transportation etc. but when we’re talking about reopening stores and places of business we’re giving the store owners the right to say ‘if you’re not wearing a mask you can’t come in ” Cuomo said during his dail
Smiley faceComprehensive Sex Ed Proponents Teach Children Sexual ‘Pleasure' (2020-05-27 )
May is being touted as #SexEdForAll month on social media platforms and a look at many posts using the hashtag shows teaching children about sexual “pleasure” is now included in the language of “medically accurate” sex ed. #SexEdForAll Month is a good time to remember that too often sex education teaches young people about their changing bodies but not about much else. @LeslieKantor & I argue that sex ed should include info re: pleasure & relationships. 😍https://t.co/5Y8ldAWMIy
Smiley faceNancy Pelosi Complains Twitter Isn’t Fact-Checking Trump Enough (2020-05-28 )
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lamented Thursday that Twitter is too “selective” in its so-called fact-checking of President Donald Trump suggesting the social media giant should be taking further action against his account. Pelosi made the remarks during a press conference when asked about President Trump’s imminent executive order targeting social media giants. “It’s an outrageous situation ” the speaker began. “While Twitter is putting up their fact check under what the pre
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Smiley faceHigh Court decides 'Palace letters' written during the Whitlam dismissal can be accessed by historian Jenny Hocking (2020-05-29 )
Historian Jenny Hocking has won her High Court bid to access to the letters exchanged between then governor-general Sir John Kerr and the Queen around the time of the dismissal of the Whitlam government. The National Archives of Australia had refused to release the letters saying they were private papers. But Professor Hocking told the High Court correspondence between a governor-general and a monarch was the property of the Commonwealth. Today's ruling means Professor Hocking will be able t
Smiley faceOne Plus One: Dr Norman Swan (2020-05-27 )
So you've just had a coronavirus test and had a little stick shoved up your nose and wobbled around. But while you’re waiting for a result have you thought how accurate it might be? Turns out the so-called false negative rate - that's when positive cases are wrongly found to be negative - can be as high as one in three on average. What might that mean for Australia's fight against the virus? On today's show: * Can I get married in India in November? * Do vaccines need to be 100% effect
Smiley faceClubsNSW tells members some venues can reopen with more than 500 patrons from Monday (2020-05-29 )
ClubsNSW tells members some venues can reopen with more than 500 patrons from Monday Updated NSW clubs could welcome crowds of more than 500 people in certain venues from Monday with the industry boasting it heavily influenced state government decision-making. Key points: A ClubsNSW circular was sent to members on Wednesday announcing how venues would reopen next week under very generous conditions ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis says in the memo the NSW Chief Health Officer was heavily influ
Smiley faceUS President Donald Trump makes executive order challenging protections for social media companies (2020-05-29 )
President Donald Trump is escalating his war on social media companies signing an executive order challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Key points: The order proposes modifying a law known as Section 230 The order proposes modifying a law known as Section 230 It directs executive branch agencies to study whether they can place new rules on social media companies It directs executive branch agencies to study whether they can
Smiley faceStudent at Keilor Downs secondary school in Melbourne tests positive to coronavirus (2020-05-29 )
A school in Melbourne's north west has been closed for cleaning after a student tested positive for coronavirus. The student at Keilor Downs College acquired the infection through a known source Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said. On Tuesday a teacher at the school was confirmed to have contracted the virus but he had been working from home. Professor Sutton said the student was infectious when he attended school on Tuesday May 26 — the day many students returned to face-to-face lear
Smiley faceMinneapolis torched as National Guard called to police protests sparked by George Floyd's death (2020-05-29 )
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has called in the National Guard as a wounded Minneapolis braces for more violence one day after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of a neighbourhood to a smoking shambles with burned buildings looted stores and angry graffiti demanding justice. Key points: Parts of Minneapolis have shut down in fears of more violent protests Parts of Minneapolis have shut down in fears of more violent protests Mayor Jacob Frey was v
Smiley faceCoronavirus Australia live news: COVID-19 vaccine rollout could be hampered due to a lack of vials (2020-05-29 )
Victoria's work from home directive toughened Meanwhile the Victorian Government has hardened its stance on people returning to work with people being told if they have been working from home they must continue to do so for all of June. Restrictions are set to relax on Monday June 1 allowing businesses including cafes and restaurants to again have dine-in guests and permitting people to gather in larger groups. But the Government has asked people who can work from home to put off ret
Smiley faceDepartment of Child Safety notified about two malnourished Brisbane teens found locked in house neighbours say (2020-05-28 )
GRAPHIC WARNING: This story contains distressing images and vision. These are the photos that must be shown. Two teenage boys with autism in a squalid room wearing nappies that sag to their knees. Excrement is smeared on the walls. A blow-up mattress is the only furnishing. They were taken two years ago by a concerned neighbour who along with others in the suburban Brisbane street reported their concerns to the Department of Child Safety and police. But the teenagers aged 17 and 19 rem
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Smiley faceAmerica’s Mission To Dominate Space (2020-05-28 )
The historic SpaceX Crew Dragon launch has been postponed to Saturday because of bad weather. The capsule will carry NASA astronauts and mark the next phase of America's space program. Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt and Fox' Eben Brown discuss why both this mission and the United States investment in space exploration are so important. Veteran journalist and host of Fox Nation's Lara Logan Has No Agenda Lara Logan returns to the 'Rundown' to discuss her latest series on America's veter
Smiley faceMatt Schlapp: We’re Being Way Too Careful With Reopening The Country (2020-05-27 )
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp told the Brian Kilmeade Show he thinks the country is being way too careful with opening back up. The economy has to go in the right direction because it couldn't really be much worse Brian Schlapp said. We've been way too careful in these blue states. And blue state governors are I think playing politics now because they think they believe that if the economy stays shut down then that weakens Trump and republicans running for the house
Smiley faceEXCLUSIVE – Allen West on His Motorcycle Accident: I Shouldn’t Be Alive (2020-05-26 )
Former Florida Congressman Allen West joined Brian Kilmeade to recount his story of surviving a motorcycle accident on I-35 near Waco Texas over the weekend. Someone cut me off and -- and of course I slowed down as they cut me off and then I don't know if it was another car or the guy that was on his motorcycle behind me but they clipped my back wheel and I went -- went flying West said. Thank God I didn't get run over by you know another car or anything like that. But pretty scraped u
Smiley faceJessica Tarlov: Biden Might Have Given A Reason For African-American Voters To Stay Home (2020-05-28 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla Fox News Contributor Jessica Tarlov explains why she thinks Joe Biden's interview with The Breakfast Club may have given African-American votes a reason to want to stay home on Elecion Day. Younger journalists especially African-American ones were rightfully outraged by it. It was such an unnecessary comment. Charlamagne Tha God is one of the most riveting interviewers because he balances that seriousness and fun and lightness. But it always has the
Smiley faceKennedy: Dorsey Wants To Rule Twitter Without Being Pressed By Anyone (2020-05-28 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla Fox Business' Kennedy discussed why she thinks President Trump should not try to regulate Twitter and the right should try to start their own social media company to counter Jack Dorsey. Jack Dorsey doesn't do interviews and therefore he doesn't have accountability. And it just goes to show that he wants to rule without being pressed by anyone. And Twitter is incredibly powerful. Do I think the government needs to be regulating it? No but if there are
Smiley faceRep. Jim Jordan: Twitter Marking The President Is “Ridiculous” And “Will Backfire” (2020-05-27 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) talks about Twitter trying to fact-check President Trump's tweets and compares the President's dealings with Twitter with his own shadowbanning experience with the social media platform. I think it will backfire. We have this wonderful thing called the First Amendment. Let's allow speech to happen. And your right to speak in a political fashion is what the Founders had most in mind when they established that Bill of Rights and s
Smiley face“You keep Government As Far Away From It As You Possibly Can”: Sen. Mike Lee On Regulating Social Media (2020-05-28 )
Utah Senator and constitutional lawyer Mike Lee weighed in on President Trump's controversial move to regulate social media sites. Sen. Lee talking with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson said You keep government as far away from it as you possibly can. Adding It's just terrible precedent long term. This stuff doesn't belong to the government. It's not the government's tool to play with. We need to keep the two of them separated. Listen To The Full interview Below: Full Transcript: Guy Benson:
Smiley faceDonna Brazile On Unrest Over George Floyd’s Death: “There’s No Justification For Burning & Looting” (2020-05-28 )
Donna Brazile Former Chairwoman of the DNC & Fox News Contributor talked with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson about the death of Minnesota man George Floyd. Floyd was pronounced dead after he was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officer. Donna expressed her raw emotion saying It's been a very difficult 24 hours. I I have cried in ways that typically reserve for very personal things. last night I couldn't sleep. Brazile also addressed the violent and destructive protests that have de
Smiley faceFormer NASA Astronaut Jerry Linenger On America Launching Rockets Again (2020-05-27 )
Jerry Linenger retired United States Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut spoke with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson on the significance of America returning to launching rockets from U.S soil. Saying Well it's just wonderful representing our great United States of America country and not a bigger picture I guess. To me this is back to you know my hero Ronald Reagan where government is the problem. We finally you know acknowledge that with the President Trump who who basically stuck
Smiley faceRep. Will Hurd (R-TX) Says Trump’s Scarborough Tweets: “Makes It Harder” To Make The Case To Independent & Women Voters Come The Fall (2020-05-27 )
Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) talked with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson about the Democrats attempt to push through Proxy Voting amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Rep. Hurd also poked criticism at President Trump's Tweets targeting MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. Saying that this is something I'm not following but It takes away from highlighting some of the good things that are happening. And it makes it harder. When it comes time in November to make a case to independent voters too women with a co
Smiley faceLeslie Marshall: The Democratic Ticket Needs Diversity Not “Two White Guys” Like Biden & Cuomo (2020-05-27 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla Fox News Contributor Leslie Marshall explained why the Democratic ticket in 2020 needs diversity which is just one reason why New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won't be on it. One I think he wants to run for president someday and he's got a good shot. Two two guys on the ticket not a good idea. And two white guys if I can do a '2-A' and then in addition to that you have two guys from the Northeast and you don't need that. I know some people don't thi
Smiley faceGuy Benson Blasts Trump’s Tweets Targeting MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough: “This Is Trump At His Worst” (2020-05-26 )
Fox News Radio's Guy Benson called out President Trump's ongoing twitter tirade against MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough. This weekend Trump tweeted out several tweets promoting conspiracy theories attacking the former Florida Congressman and alluding to a cover up in the death of Scarborough's former congressional aid. Guy Benson blasted the President's tweets saying This Is Trump At His Worst. Listen To The Full Monologue Below:
Smiley face“She’s Playing People For Suckers”: Jonah Goldberg Defends Criticism Of WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (2020-05-26 )
Editor of the Dispatch.com Jonah Goldberg in an interview with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson defended comments he made on Fox News Sunday criticizing White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Saying to Guy Benson She is not there to play the role the press secretaries have always played which was to yeah provide the best gloss possible on the facts but stay within the goalposts of telling the truth. And instead she's taking her Twitter troll act to the White House briefing room and makin
Smiley faceSen. Joni Ernst Shares The Importance Of Service In New Memoir ‘Daughter of the Heartland’ (2020-05-26 )
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst talked with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson about her new memoir Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country that Raised Me . The Senator spoke about serving her Community & Country in the military & elected politics. Saying I really want to inspire others to make it to that common goal or objective. You know for the good of our country. And then courage. You know having the grit and rising to the challenges and taking on risks you know we can't let any challenges
Smiley faceSen. Martha McSally: Time To Unify As A Country And “Knock Off” The Politics (2020-05-26 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) why Americans should knock off the political divisions during the pandemic and unify as a country. We should be unified. We should be bringing out the best in us which I'm seeing happening all over my state. But man on the political side knock it off. It's time for us as a country as a neighborhood to support each other to work together to defeat this virus to hold the Chinese accountable to protect the vulnerable t
Smiley faceTrump Moves to Rein in Twitter and Facebook (2020-05-28 )
Howie Kurtz on President Trump promising an Executive Order on social media 'fairness' conservatives hitting Trump on Joe Scarborough attacks and members of Congress asking the Pentagon to cancel July 4th parade. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtz For more #MediaBuzz click here
Smiley faceRev. Franklin Graham Answers His Critics over Samaritan’s Purse Field Hospital (2020-05-28 )
It was a clash of cultures bound to cause friction despite the overarching need to save lives. Samaritan's Purse set up a field hospital in New York City's iconic Central Park to help treat victims of the coronavirus. It was the first time the humanitarian aid organization set up one of its field hospitals on the U.S. mainland. You got the feeling that any other aid organization would have been heralded as heroic. But because Samaritan's Purse is run by the very conservative Rev. Franklin Graha
Smiley faceAstronaut Mike Massimino: SpaceX is “Bringing Spaceflight Into the 21st Century” (2020-05-28 )
On the latest Hemmer Time podcast Bill Hemmer is joined by astronaut Mike Massimino from Discovery Channel's live coverage to discuss the approaching SpaceX launch and what it means for space travel. Bill and Mike discuss how far technology has come from the space programs of the past the value of public-private partnership between SpaceX and NASA and how the United States is doing in the modern space race against China and India. Follow Bill on Twitter: @BillHemmer
Smiley faceIn or Out? (2020-05-27 )
... a week of un-conventional thinking. Dana Perino former White House Press Secretary co-host of Fox News Channel's The Five and host of The Daily Briefing and Chris Stirewalt Fox News Politics Editor run through the daily goings-on in the world of politics. This week Dana and Chris discuss the fate of the Republican National Convention the weekend's face mask controversy Joe Biden's possible choice for a running mate and President Trump's campaign strategy. Plus Chris takes a shot
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Smiley faceCoronavirus live updates: Over 76 000 dead as 33 million file for unemployment in U.S. (2020-05-07 )
Demonstrators holding signs demanding their church to reopen protest during a rally to re-open California and against Stay-At-Home directives on May 1 2020 in San Diego Calif. Sandy Huffaker / AFP - Getty Images
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Smiley faceGovernment rejected radical lockdown of England's care homes (2020-05-28 )
Public health officials proposed a radical lockdown of care homes last month to stem surging coronavirus deaths including staff moving in for four weeks and deploying NHS Nightingale hospitals – but it was rejected by the government the Guardian has learned. An 11-point plan proposing “a further lockdown of care homes” was submitted to Downing Street on 28 April by officials at Public Health England (PHE) as fatalities peaked in care homes and the virus spread to half of homes in the w
Smiley faceBoris Johnson brushes off Tory revolt over Dominic Cummings (2020-05-28 )
PM also refuses to allow top scientific advisers to talk about chief aide at daily No 10 briefing Boris Johnson has brushed aside a growing revolt of almost 100 of his own MPs and defied ongoing calls for Dominic Cummings to be sacked despite a police investigation that failed to exonerate him for a potential breach of lockdown. The prime minister was again besieged by questions about his chief adviser as the crisis overshadowed his decision to cautiously ease the lockdown in England which w
Smiley faceGroups of up to six people allowed to meet in England from Monday (2020-05-28 )
Groups of up to six people allowed to meet in England from Monday Up to six friends or relatives will be able to gather in parks and gardens from Monday two metres apart Boris Johnson has said in a cautious easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Dentists will also be able to reopen from 8 June provided they take safety precautions including using protective equipment and it was confirmed that schools can go ahead with plans to reopen next week. The prime minister announced the latest
Smiley faceCoronavirus latest: at a glance (2020-05-29 )
Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include: Global death toll passes 358 000 The global death toll has increased to 358 369 according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University which has tracked the spread of the virus during the pandemic. The number of cases currently stands at 5 768 908. The true number of infections is likely to be much higher however given the vast number of unrecorded and asymptomatic cases. UK takes part in what could be last Clap For C
Smiley face'So much living to do': stories of the UK's coronavirus victims (2020-05-28 )
The oldest is 108 the youngest just a baby. These are just some of the UK’s coronavirus victims among them healthcare workers teachers councillors war veterans diplomats comedians musicians transport workers engineers and academics. As of Thursday 28 May the total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths had exceeded 37 000. Many were elderly many had underlying health conditions. But not all of them. In many cases family members and medical professionals have been keen to emphas
Smiley faceHow coronavirus restrictions will differ around the UK (2020-05-28 )
England Groups of up to six people can meet outside from Monday in public and private outdoor spaces including gardens. Physical distancing including staying 2 metres apart must be observed if those meetings involve members of different households. People are only allowed to be inside the homes of friends and families in order to access gardens. Some schools will reopen to some pupils from Monday with nurseries reception year 1 and year 6 leading the way. On 15 June secondary schools wil
Smiley faceWhat does Durham police's statement on Dominic Cummings tell us? (2020-05-28 )
Statement has elements that will be latched on to by adviser’s opponents and supporters The formal statement from Durham police on Dominic Cummings’ travels to the county during lockdown is sufficiently cautious that both the prime minister’s chief adviser and his accusers are likely to quote elements to support their arguments. Here we analyse key sections of the statement. The trip from London to Durham On 27 March 2020 Dominic Cummings drove to Durham to self-isolate in a property o
Smiley faceJohnson blocks top scientists from talking about Cummings (2020-05-28 )
Boris Johnson has blocked his two most senior scientific advisers from answering questions on whether his senior aide Dominic Cummings broke the lockdown. At No 10’s daily press conference the prime minister twice prevented questions from journalists who wanted to know whether Prof Chris Whitty England’s chief medical officer and Sir Patrick Vallance the government’s chief scientific adviser believed Cummings had stuck to the rules. Johnson said he wanted to “draw a line” unde
Smiley faceDurham police believe Cummings probably did break lockdown rules (2020-05-28 )
Durham police believe Dominic Cummings probably did break lockdown rules following an investigation into his travels around north-east England during lockdown the Guardian understands. On Thursday the force released a report saying the prime minister’s special adviser “might have” breached health protection regulations when he embarked on a 52-mile round trip to the town of Barnard Castle with his wife and son on her birthday. Officers might have intervened to send him home had they cau
Smiley faceRishi Sunak to taper furlough scheme forcing employers to pay 20% of wages (2020-05-28 )
The government will start tapering its furlough scheme from August by forcing those employers taking part to pay 20% of workers’ wages as well as covering their national insurance and pension contributions. Under plans to be announced by Rishi Sunak over the next few days the support given by the furlough scheme will be cut back due to government concerns about its spiralling cost and the likely impact on the UK’s growing public spending deficit. The chancellor is understood to be prepari
Smiley faceCoronavirus live news: global deaths near 360 000 as UK eases lockdown (2020-05-29 )
Up to six people can gather in UK parks from Monday; Donald Trump says he would take hydroxychloroquine again; drug combination triples death risk in cancer patients
Smiley faceCovid-19 clusters emerge as lockdowns ease across Europe (2020-05-28 )
Several European countries a few weeks ahead of the UK on the road out of lockdown have experienced local spikes in coronavirus infections but all have maintained an overall downward trend in new daily cases of the virus. Most governments though continue to warn of the real threat of a second wave of Covid-19 cases and to insist on the importance of physical distancing if the spread of the virus is not to pick up again as restrictions ease further. Quick guide Will there be a second wave of
Smiley faceUS job losses pass 40m as coronavirus crisis sees claims rise 2.1m in a week (2020-05-28 )
The number of Americans who have lost their jobs in the past 10 weeks soared to more than 40 million as the number of unemployment claims continued to rise with 2.1 million people filing for unemployment last week. The staggering job losses mark a grim milestone in the economic crisis that has gripped the US since the coronavirus triggered widespread shutdowns and stay-at-home orders in an effort to halt the spread of the deadly pandemic. The latest figures from the Department of Labor show th
Smiley faceTrump signs executive order aimed at regulating social media as US death toll passes 101 000 – live (2020-05-29 )
19:14 The four Minneapolis officers involved in the killing of George Floyd were swiftly fired after footage of his death went viral.But that doesn’t mean they’re permanently losing their badges. Officers in the US are frequently rehired after their termination for misconduct a problem that experts say increases the likelihood of abuse and killings by police. Despite the decision on Tuesday to fire the policeman who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes along with three other officer
Smiley faceThe Guardian view on easing the lockdown: putting politics before people | Editorial (2020-05-28 )
The United Kingdom went into the Covid-19 crisis as one nation. It seems likely to exit from the pandemic as several. At the outset the UK’s different governments took similar approaches. Lockdown rules were observed by citizens in all parts of the country with some infamous individual exceptions like Dominic Cummings. As the onslaught starts to slacken however differential approaches are likely to become more important. These differences have now been embodied in the radically contrasted
Smiley faceThe view from Barnard Castle: 'He's made a mockery of us' (2020-05-28 )
At Barnard Castle there has been angry condemnation about the police decision not to take action against Dominic Cummings the prime minister’s most senior aide after his 52-mile round trip to the beauty spot on 12 April apparently to test his eyesight. Dan Goldsmith 43 said: “To come here from Durham isn’t a short journey and it wasn’t an essential journey by any means. It’s clear to everyone that what he did was wrong – it was a breach – and if the police accept that they
Smiley faceFamily of Harry Dunn to bring private prosecution against Dominic Raab (2020-05-28 )
Foreign secretary did not have authority to allow driver of car that killed 19-year-old to return to US relatives say The family of Harry Dunn the 19-year-old killed on 27 August last year after being hit by a car driven by the wife of a US intelligence officer intends to bring a private criminal prosecution against the foreign secretary Dominic Raab the Guardian has learned. They claim that Raab did not have the authority to allow Anne Sacoolas to return to the United States after the in
Smiley facePalace letters: high court rules Queen's secret correspondence in lead-up to Whitlam dismissal are commonwealth records (2020-05-29 )
Historian Jenny Hocking wins landmark case after campaigning for release of secret letters between monarch and then Australian governor general Sir John Kerr Palace letters: high court ruling paves the way for release of Queen's secret correspondence before 1975 Whitlam dismissal Historian Jenny Hocking has won a landmark high court case in her bid to secure sensitive correspondence between the Queen and former Australian governor general Sir John Kerr about the dismissal of Gough Whitlam. Th
Smiley faceGeorge Floyd killing: DoJ says inquiry a 'top priority' after thousands protest (2020-05-28 )
The US Department of Justice said it had made its investigation into police involvement in the death of George Floyd a “top priority” after thousands took to the streets for a second day of protests in Minneapolis. George Floyd killing: two officers involved previously reviewed for use of force Read more Prosecutors and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been assigned as part of a “robust” inquiry into whether the police officers involved had violated fed
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Smiley faceAsia Pacific stocks set to fall as investors watch market reaction to China's security bill for Hong Kong (2020-05-29 )
Stocks in Asia Pacific were set to trade lower at the open as investors await a news conference from U.S. President Donald Trump regarding China that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing have risen in recent days. Futures pointed to a lower open for stocks in Japan. The Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 21 895 while its counterpart in Osaka was at 21 890. That compared against the Nikkei 225's last close at 21 916.31. Shares in Australia were also set to dip with the SPI f
Smiley faceEuropean stocks close higher as EU stimulus plan and U.S. jobs data outweigh China tensions (2020-05-28 )
European stocks rallied on Thursday as a massive EU stimulus plan and fresh U.S. unemployment data offset concerns over rising U.S.-China tensions. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed up by 1.8% provisionally with most sectors and bourses in the black. Chemicals was the best-performing sector jumping 2.6%. Investors are keeping an eye on developments in an escalating war of words between the U.S. and China with trade the coronavirus pandemic and now Hong Kong a focus in the dispute. U.S. Se
Smiley faceDow futures fall 100 points ahead of Trump's U.S.-China news conference on Friday (2020-05-28 )
A Chinese and U.S. flag at a booth during the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai November 6 2018. Stock futures slipped on Thursday night as traders braced for an upcoming news conference on U.S.-China relations from President Donald Trump. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures dipped 107 points or 0.4%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures also posted slight losses. Trump said Thursday afternoon he would hold the news conference knocking stocks down from solid gains. That announc
Smiley faceChina plays up business opportunities amid increasing U.S. protectionism (2020-05-28 )
Chinese president Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang right singing the national anthem at the opening of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on May 22 2020 in Beijing China. BEIJING — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang used a key meeting Thursday to highlight the opportunities China offers to foreign businesses in the wake of the coronavirus shock to the global economy. His comments come as tensions between the U.S. and China continue to escalate. We believe that all
Smiley faceMark Zuckerberg defends Facebook from Trump plus the latest on coronavirus (2020-05-28 )
Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook from Trump plus the latest on coronavirus: CNBC After Hours CNBC.com's MacKenzie Sigalos brings you the day's top business news headlines and what to watch as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep most of America on lockdown. On today's show Mark Zuckerberg tells CNBC why Facebook is not an arbiter of truth and why political speech should be protected. Plus CNBC's Robert Frank reveals what he learned from surveying the money habits of America's milli
Smiley faceWarren Buffett loves teaching this '20-slot' rule at business schools—and it's not just about getting rich (2020-05-28 )
Every once in a while legendary businessman Warren Buffett dishes out a few morsels of advice to illustrate the core investment — and life — principles that helped him achieve success. In a 1994 commencement speech at the University of Southern California Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman Charlie Munger revealed one lesson called the 20-slot rule that he says that Buffett loves to teach when lecturing at business schools. According to Munger Buffett starts by telling MBA students I
Smiley faceThese restrictions on coronavirus loans may surprise business owners (2020-05-28 )
Closed signs hang on a fast food restaurant amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 24 2020 in New York City United States. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world claiming over 196 000 lives with over 2.8 million cases. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) Alexi Rosenfeld A type of loan for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic comes with restrictions that may catch some entrepreneurs by surprise. Loans made through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
Smiley faceHouse votes to ease restrictions on coronavirus small business loans (2020-05-28 )
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers remarks during a weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington May 28 2020. The House passed a bill Thursday designed to give small businesses owners more flexibility in how they spend money from a key coronavirus aid program. The chamber approved the legislation in a nearly unanimous 417-1 vote. The Senate has put forward a plan similar to the House bill but has not yet passed it. Senators will not convene again until next week.
Smiley faceThinking of taking money from your 401(k)? Check out this scary math first (2020-05-28 )
Never has the money sitting in your 401(k) retirement savings plan looked so enticing. Thanks to the CARES Act stimulus package Congress passed in March if you've been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic you can pull up to $100 000 from your retirement account through the end of the year without being dinged the usual 10% early withdrawal penalty if you're under age 59½. You still have to pay taxes on the money but you can do so over three years. Meanwhile the other way to get
Smiley faceHow businesses and workers can keep PPP loan forgiveness and unemployment benefits (2020-05-28 )
Shoppers explore a mostly empty mall on May 12 2020 in Columbus Ohio. Matthew Hatcherr/Getty Images Business owners who got a forgivable federal loan may see a difficult choice ahead: getting a loan discharged or allowing workers to collect enhanced unemployment benefits. But there's a way entrepreneurs can get the best of both worlds: staying debt-free and keeping workers happy. Specifically work-sharing programs offer a way for business owners to recall employees to satisfy Paycheck Protec
Smiley faceFrom the 'perfect' salary to keeping up with the Joneses here's how money really affects your happiness (2020-05-26 )
With record unemployment pay cuts a turbulent market and an ever-widening gap between the haves and the have nots money is at the forefront of people's minds more than ever. But how important is money to happiness? The answer is complicated. Research has long looked at how money affects happiness which in psychology is defined as both emotional well-being and how satisfied you are with the way your life is going. Studies have pinpointed the salary that people need for happiness looked at w
Smiley faceHow a 31-year-old making $145K in Austin spends her money (2020-05-28 )
How a 31-year-old making $145K in Austin spends her money Andrea Contreras 31 lives in Austin Texas and earns $145 000 a year as a social media advisor. This is an installment of CNBC Make It's Millennial Money series which profiles people across the U.S. and details how they earn spend and save their money. In 2015 Andrea Contreras was getting sober and had negative balances in all of her bank accounts. Today she's the top salesperson at GoDaddy helps support her family and bought her