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FCC boosts broadband competition by, er, banning broadband competition in buildings

George Orwell's got nothing on this lot with doublespeak

Analysis America's communications watchdog, the FCC, has come good on its promise to boost broadband adoption through competition by… blocking a law that ensures broadband competition.…

  • July 12th 2019 at 00:19

Dow tops 27,000 for the first time on easing trade tensions, prospect of lower rates

Dow tops 27,000 for the first time on easing trade tensions, prospect of lower ratesThe Dow topped 27,000 for the first time Thursday as easing trade tensions and the Fed’s campaign to lower rates offset lingering economic worries.


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:16

Transgender Opera Singers Find Their Voices

By Michael Cooper

For these musicians, transitioning can mean risking their careers — and their art.

U.N. Human Rights Council To Investigate Abuses In Philippines' Antidrug War

By Shannon Van Sant
Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Nicanor Yniguez (left) joins families of victims of alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte

Human rights activists say as many as 27,000 people have died in the Philippine government's antidrug campaign.

(Image credit: Bullit Marquez/AP)

  • July 12th 2019 at 00:10

U.N. Human Rights Council To Investigate Abuses In Philippines' Antidrug War

By Shannon Van Sant
Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Nicanor Yniguez (left) joins families of victims of alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte

Human rights activists say as many as 27,000 people have died in the Philippine government's antidrug campaign.

(Image credit: Bullit Marquez/AP)

  • July 12th 2019 at 00:10

Census, Tropical Storm Barry, β€˜The Lion King’: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

By Remy Tumin and Lisa Iaboni

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

  • July 12th 2019 at 00:10

The Best Medicine: Decoding The Hidden Meanings Of Laughter

By Shankar Vedantam
A woman laughing.

This week, a scientific look at what makes us laugh. Here's a hint — a lot of it isn't funny. We talk to neuroscientist (and stand up comedian) Sophie Scott.

(Image credit: Flashpop/Getty Images)

  • July 12th 2019 at 00:10

How to Show Culture Fit in an Interview

How to Show Culture Fit in an InterviewAsking the right questions can help.


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:09

Obama sends letter to prisoner he freed, who made the dean's list: 'I am so proud of you'

Obama sends letter to prisoner he freed, who made the dean's list: 'I am so proud of you'President Obama granted clemency to Danielle Metz in 2016. After she made the dean's list in college, she wished she could thank him. Now, she has.


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:07

Trump touts the 'power' of extremist social media activists at White House summit

By Monica Alba and Ben Collins

The president blasted social media companies for “terrible bias” and accused them during remarks at the White House on Thursday of manipulating his content.

  • July 12th 2019 at 00:07

Budget Deficit Totals $747 Billion So Far in 2019, On Pace to Top $1 Trillion

Budget Deficit Totals $747 Billion So Far in 2019, On Pace to Top $1 TrillionThe federal budget deficit grew to $747 billion in the first nine months of the 2019 fiscal year, a 23% increase over the same period a year earlier, the U.S. Treasury said Thursday.The deficit is rising in the wake of the Republican tax cuts, which will add about $1.9 trillion to the national debt over a decade, and higher spending by Congress. In fiscal year 2019, spending has grown by 6.6% but revenues have grown by just 2.7%, despite relatively strong economic growth.President Trump’s trade war provided a small boost to revenues, with tariff collections nearly doubling to about $50 billion. But custom duties account for a small share of revenues overall.The Treasury estimated that the deficit for the full fiscal year will exceed $1 trillion.Like what you're reading? Sign up for our free newsletter.


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:06

Exclusive: U.S. will not blacklist Iran's foreign minister, for now

Exclusive: U.S. will not blacklist Iran's foreign minister, for nowThe United States has decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may be holding a door open for diplomacy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on June 24 had said Zarif would be blacklisted that week, an unusual public stance because the United States typically does not preview such decisions to keep its targets from moving assets out of U.S. jurisdiction. Blacklisting Iran's chief negotiator would also be unusual because it could impede any U.S. effort to use diplomacy to resolve its disagreements with Tehran over Iran's nuclear program, regional activities and missile testing.


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:04

The Race Is On to Avoid a Debt Ceiling Crisis

The Race Is On to Avoid a Debt Ceiling CrisisEager to avert a debt ceiling crisis, the White House is pushing lawmakers to agree to a budget deal and raise the nation’s borrowing limit within a few weeks — and is signaling a willingness to raise spending for the next fiscal year to get it done, The Washington Post reports.The increased urgency follows warnings that the Treasury Department may have less wiggle room than previously forecast as it juggles funds and uses accounting maneuvers to avoid a default. The Treasury technically hit the debt limit in March but has been employing those “extraordinary measures” since thenThe Bipartisan Policy Center said this week that, while the government likely has until October before it can no longer pay all its bills, the deadline could come as soon as early September. That report echoed warnings from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is the Trump administration’s point person for negotiations.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has insisted that any debt limit increase should be paired with a broader, two-year budget deal to avoid a possible government shutdown and raise caps that would otherwise require steep spending cuts. Senate Republicans have also favored that approach, which would let them avoid having to take a painful separate vote to raise the borrowing limit. The White House, meanwhile, had floated the idea of a one-year stopgap extension of current spending levels, but lawmakers panned that idea.Now the Post’s Damian Paletta and Erica Werner report that administration officials have indicated they may be open to increasing spending for next year in order to facilitate a deal. “It’s about whether the administration will come up with some reasonable numbers that are compromises,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters, according to Bloomberg.Mnuchin reportedly met this week with GOP leaders and spoke by phone with Pelosi. He was set to speak with Pelosi again Thursday afternoon. But it’s not at all clear whether the parties can reach a deal before lawmakers are scheduled to depart for their August recess, which has them out of session until September 9. Unless their recess plans change, they have just 10 legislative days left to get a deal done.Pelosi on Thursday told reporters that she doesn’t want there to be “any doubt about the full faith and credit of the United States of America.” But she was less definitive about passing a debt ceiling hike before August. “We’ll just see about our timing,” she said.Further complicating matters, Politico suggests, are the Trump administration’s controversial plans to launch mass immigration enforcement raids starting on Sunday. Will Democrats be in any mood to negotiate if the administration follows through on those raids? Like what you're reading? Sign up for our free newsletter.


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:03

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. will not blacklist Iran's foreign minister, for now

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. will not blacklist Iran's foreign minister, for nowThe United States has decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may be holding a door open for diplomacy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on June 24 had said Zarif would be blacklisted that week, an unusual public stance because the United States typically does not preview such decisions to keep its targets from moving assets out of U.S. jurisdiction.


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:02

Can You Imagine How SJM Holdings's (HKG:880) Shareholders Feel About The 91% Share Price Increase?

Can You Imagine How SJM Holdings's (HKG:880) Shareholders Feel About The 91% Share Price Increase?By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But many of us dare to dream of bigger...


  • July 12th 2019 at 00:00

Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em? This A.I. Bluffs With the Best

By Cade Metz

Pluribus, a poker-playing algorithm, can beat the world’s top human players, proving that machines, too, can master our mind games.

US plans Gulf naval escorts after Iranians menace UK oil tanker

US plans Gulf naval escorts after Iranians menace UK oil tankerThe Pentagon said Thursday it was discussing military escorts for vessels in the Gulf one day after armed Iranian boats threatened a British oil tanker. "I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks," Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Tensions in the Gulf have increased in the past few weeks, with Iran's economy in free fall following the re-imposition of US sanctions after President Donald Trump pulled out from a 2015 international agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program.


  • July 12th 2019 at 03:21

It’s Easy to Hate Selfies. But Can They Also Be a Force for Good?

By Sarah Mervosh

Critics say they are narcissistic, ruining public places and just plain bad. But research suggests that is only part of the story.

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