- Forbes 12:45September 22, 2021Haitians Under Its Bridge, Del Rio Ranks Among Top 25% Of Nation’s Trade GatewaysFor three months running, Canada is top U.S. trade partner – but will it last?
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- Forbes 10:47September 22, 2021Lawmakers Already Floating Second House Vote On $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill"The bill is going to pass at one point in time. One way, or the other,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.
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- The Guardian(UK) 08:00September 22, 2021British Rail logo designer appalled by green makeover ‘mess’Gerry Barney says updated branding, to be used by Great British Railways, uses too many coloursThe designer of the familiar British Rail logo has warned against government plans to revamp the symbol and dismissed an attempt to give it a green makeover as a “load of old bollocks”.The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said his plans for the new Great British Railways will involve “updated versions of the classic ‘double-arrow’ logo” when the system is launched next year. He has promised “a single familiar brand with a bold new vision for passengers – of punctual services, simpler tickets and a modern and green railway that meets the needs of the nation”. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 03:52September 22, 2021The House approves a measure to avoid government shutdown and debt default, but McConnell is poised to torpedo it in the SenateThe passage of the bill does little to resolve the standoff between Democrats and Republicans as the US veers into a potential government shutdown.
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- Forbes 03:44September 22, 2021House Passes Spending Bill To Avert Government Shutdown And Suspend Debt Limit—But Senate GOP Threatening To Kill ItThe measure now heads to the Senate, where an even split among Democrats and Republicans is sure to prove a challenge.
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- The Guardian(UK) 02:01September 22, 2021Government review finds 10% of drugs dispensed in England are pointlessMinisters call for crackdown and family doctors will be told to boost the use of social prescribingMinisters have ordered a crackdown on overprescribing of medicines after a review found one in 10 drugs dispensed by GPs and pharmacists are pointless and potentially harmful.Family doctors will be told to boost the use of social prescribing, such as gardening, walking or volunteering. They are also being urged to call millions of patients in for medication reviews to see whether there are any pills they can stop taking. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 00:00September 22, 2021Britain’s hopes of early post-Brexit trade deal with US appear dashedLittle likelihood of progress on free-trade agreement as Biden focuses attention elsewhere, say insidersBritain’s hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US have all but evaporated barring a dramatic change of heart from President Biden, it emerged on Tuesday as Boris Johnson prepared for face-to-face talks in the White House.Johnson once regarded a bilateral free trade agreement with the US as a key Brexit win, highlighting the prospects for British exporters unfettered from the EU. But government insiders privately concede that they see little prospect of progress towards a one-to-one deal, as the Biden administration focuses on other priorities. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 22:49September 21, 2021Chuck Schumer calls out Biden for dragging his feet on the student debt crisis: 'Students don't need their debts paused - they need it erased'"It's unacceptable, it's un-American. And at the rate we're going, it's unsustainable," Senate Majority Leader Schumer said on Tuesday.
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- Business Insider 21:48September 21, 2021Congress keeps playing chicken with a rule that could torpedo the economy. Here's what the debt ceiling is - and why it's so dangerous.Democrats and Republicans have less than a month to raise the debt ceiling. The stakes are incredibly high, but lawmakers are at an impasse.
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- Business Insider 21:24September 21, 2021Elizabeth Warren and Cori Bush are fighting an 'extremist' Supreme Court on the eviction ban by introducing a bill to keep renters in their homes until the pandemic is overAOC and Ayanna Pressley support the bill, which gives the federal government the power to implement its own eviction moratorium.
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- Business Insider 20:42September 21, 2021Biden's economic agenda in 'significant danger' of collapse. The worst-case scenario for the 2022 midterms is inching closer.Biden needs results not just to transform the economy, but to have something to run on. "The party's future depends on getting this bill done."
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- Business Insider 20:01September 21, 2021Democrats are holding the first hearing in 23 years on a measure to lift the elderly and disabled out of povertyDemocrats want to boost Supplemental Security Income, to lift 3.3 million of the elderly and disabled out of poverty, in their $3.5 trillion bill.
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- Business Insider 19:30September 21, 2021AOC says ending federal unemployment benefits was 'based on fantasy, not data'Federal unemployment benefits ended this month, but millions of Americans that were cut off aren't flocking back to work. AOC blames childcare costs.
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- Business Insider 17:36September 21, 2021Amazon is lobbying the US government to make pot legal"Eliminating pre-employment testing for cannabis allows us to expand our applicant pool," Amazon senior human resources VP Beth Galetti said.
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- Forbes 16:10September 21, 2021Will You Need A Booster Vaccine Against Covid-19?Infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Kortepeter discusses what we know so far about Covid-19 vaccine booster shots and what information scientists need to make the decision.
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:06September 21, 2021More than 100,000 pupils off school in England last week amid Covid surgeNumber of pupils with confirmed or suspected cases on 16 September was highest since start of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 100,000 children were absent from school with confirmed or suspected Covid infections last week – the highest number for England during the pandemic – after school reopenings triggered a surge in cases.The figures from the Department for Education revealed that fewer than 92% of pupils were present in classrooms on 16 September, with 59,000 absent with confirmed cases of Covid-19 and a further 45,000 off with suspected cases. Continue reading...
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- Forbes 15:48September 21, 2021Democrats Should Pursue Moderate Alternatives to Salvage Biden Agenda and Boost 2022 HopesDemocrats are facing an uphill battle heading into the midterms—but it doesn’t need to be this way. Democrats have a clear pathway to passing much of President Biden’s agenda where they can appeal to a majority of their supporters, and even to many Republicans.
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- Forbes 13:00September 21, 2021Covid Vaccines: The Pandemic Politics To Watch Out ForIt’s high time Washington politicians and public health pooh-bahs stop treating people like children, ignoring scientific evidence and acting in destructive and arbitrary ways.
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- The Guardian 12:23September 21, 2021Aukus: French minister bemoans lack of trust in British allianceClément Beaune says Brexit fallout and secret defence pact have undermined Franco-British relationsThe British-French alliance lacks trust, France’s EU affairs minister has said, citing Downing Street’s approach to the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland and the secretly negotiated defence agreement with the US and Australia.Clément Beaune, a close ally of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said that while the two problematic issues should not be mixed, together they highlighted the flaw in the relationship. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 11:37September 21, 2021Boris Johnson accused of Brexit failure as he admits UK-US trade deal near back of queue in Biden’s priorities – liveLatest updates: PM dampens expectations of progress on UK-US trade deal and says Biden has ‘a lot of fish to fry’Johnson hails lifting of US travel ban but says trade deal progress unlikelyKwarteng admits ‘difficult winter’ ahead as energy bills soarCoronavirus global updates – live 9.37am BST These are from Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall on what Boris Johnson said about the proposed UK/US trade deal. (See 9.31am.)Revealing in a number of ways this1) A deal (for all sorts of reasons) was always a remote possibility.2) Rare admission (and contrary to most govt mood music) of limits of UK political sway.3) But doesn't matter much because as we know, they don't add much to GDP anyway. https://t.co/1lYSv7NdCFMany Brexiters and ministers emphasised repeatedly the benefits of a US deal (the biggest deal available from any single country, so the biggest single state post-Brexit trade prize). This is the firmest indication yet that it won't happen any time soon.Indeed, you might argue that what PM is saying, in stating that Biden has other "fish to fry" isn't so far away from President Obama's 2016 "back of the queue". This is something then Mayor Johnson decried at the time. https://t.co/XDzAGfNHuLObama was talking about slightly different things- saying US would prefer to make a deal with big trade blocs. But both Obama then and Johnson curiously now, was/are making a similar point- that the UK could only expect so much attention on a Capitol Hill with a full agenda.That is a shift in what we've heard from the PM and ministers before. 9.31am BST Good morning. It turns out the UK has ended up near the “back of the queue” after all. For five years now, since the referendum, Brexiters have been talking up the prospects of a free trade deal with the US, which, according to the enthusiasts, was going to offer huge benefits to the UK and was just around the corner. Shortly after becoming prime minister in 2019, Boris Johnson even said he would like to see it concluded within a year.But now Johnson has admitted, in terms, that Barack Obama was right, and that a trade deal with the UK is not a priority for Washington. Asked when it was happening, Johnson told reporters travelling with him to the US: “I wouldn’t hold your breath.” He went on:The reality is that Joe [Biden] has a lot of fish to fry. He’s got a huge infrastructure package, he’s got a build back better package. We want to do it, but what we want is a good free trade agreement. And I would much rather get a deal that really works for the UK than get a quick deal. Related: Johnson hails lifting of US travel ban but says trade deal progress unlikely I don’t think it’s on the back burner, but I think what the prime minister said - in fact, I know that’s what he thinks and what’s what he said - is that it’s much better to take our time to get a really good deal with US than simply to rush the process and get a bad deal.I’m hopeful that we can we can we can get there, but I can’t give you a time as to how long it will take. Trade deals can can take very different amounts of time and I can’t possibly guess how long this one will particular one will take.The government had many years to do a wide-reaching trade deal with America under the Trump administration. It could have been done by now, but May and Johnson completely blew it. https://t.co/CN590oaR7K Related: Government hoping to reach deal to fix CO2 crisis, as food shortages loom – business live Related: Coronavirus live news: UK welcomes end of US travel ban; American Covid death toll passes 1918-19 flu pandemic Continue reading...
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- Forbes 07:02September 21, 2021BACK TO SCHOOL YEAR WARNING: NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF CALIFORNIANS SAY DISTRACTED DRIVING IS GETTING WORSE ACROSS THE STATE, WITH TEEN DRIVERS AT GREATEST RISKThe problem is particularly worrisome in Southern California where 70% of respondents said distracted driving is getting worse and only 6% believe it’s getting better.
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- The Guardian(UK) 02:05September 21, 2021Boris Johnson refuses to rule out Christmas Covid disruptionPM declines to guarantee there will be no restrictions but says he does not expect anything like last year Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has refused to guarantee that he will not have to disrupt Christmas gatherings for a second year running by imposing Covid restrictions, though he insisted it was “very much not the plan”.Last year the prime minister repeatedly struck an upbeat note about Christmas before imposing stringent last-minute conditions preventing many people from seeing friends and family as the Alpha variant spread rapidly. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 00:00September 21, 2021Johnson hails lifting of US travel ban but says trade deal progress unlikelyPM plays down prospects for a breakthrough as he prepares to head to the White HouseBoris Johnson hailed Joe Biden’s decision to lift the US travel ban on Monday as he prepared to head to the White House, but said progress on a post-Brexit trade deal was unlikely, because the president has “a lot of fish to fry”. Johnson appeared blindsided by the lifting of the travel ban, having played down the prospects for a breakthrough en route to the US, telling reporters: “I wouldn’t hold your breath.” Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 23:48September 20, 2021Student-loan companies chose to shut down rather than face more accountability, says a top Biden officialFederal Student Aid Director Richard Cordray said he plans to hold the remaining student-loan companies to a higher standard.
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- Business Insider 23:45September 20, 2021Mitch McConnell says the GOP will vote for the US to default on its debtNancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced they would attach a debt ceiling suspension to a government funding bill, daring the GOP. McConnell answered.
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- Business Insider 23:15September 20, 2021Businesses have 3 options to tackle the labor shortage and they all have problemsSome businesses are just working their current staff more - which could only make the problem worse, say researchers at Bank of America.
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- Business Insider 20:36September 20, 2021The stakes of passing Biden's agenda are 4 million jobs a year, study saysOver 1 million caregiving jobs could be supported each year, according to the Economic Policy Institute's analysis of the Build Back Better Agenda.
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- Business Insider 20:06September 20, 2021The White House says no to minting a $1 trillion coin to sidestep McConnell and ease debt ceiling standoff in CongressThe White House is closing an option to defuse a showdown in Congress over paying America's bills, with the GOP refusing to budge.
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- Business Insider 19:58September 20, 2021February's student-loan payment restart will run into a 'psychological hurdle' as many borrowers thought their debt would be forgiven, Biden official says"The stakes are extremely high" for borrowers who have gotten used to not making any payments on student debt, FSA Director Richard Cordray said.
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- Forbes 19:10September 20, 2021Police Stopped A Private Investigator From Working Because They Couldn’t Stomach His CriticismYou have the right to criticize the government online, but can the government respond by harming your livelihood? In one state, the answer is "yes" for now.
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- Business Insider 18:40September 20, 2021The number of billionaires grew by 13.4% in 2020 - making the pandemic a 'windfall to billionaire wealth'The world now has over 3,000 billionaires, and their collective wealth went up in 2020. Some argue a wealth tax could help level the playing field.
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- Business Insider 17:48September 20, 2021Failure to raise the debt ceiling will delay child tax credit payments and Social Security checks, causing 'economic catastrophe,' Janet Yellen says"Paying America's bills shouldn't be a controversial issue," Yellen wrote in a WSJ opinion piece, but the GOP says it won't help Democrats do it.
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:47September 20, 2021Johnson’s claim Dutch PM offered to mediate in Brexit row not true, say sourcesInsiders reject inference of division among EU members on Northern Ireland issueAll the latest political news – liveBoris Johnson has walked into a diplomatic row with one of the UK’s closest allies after claiming the prime minister of the Netherlands had been seeking to “mediate” between Brussels and London over the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.Speaking to reporters on a plane to New York for a meeting of the UN general assembly, the prime minister suggested the Dutch government was looking to act as a mediator between the European Commission and London on the differences that have arisen in recent months. Continue reading...
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- Forbes 16:25September 20, 2021ESG Disclosure Requirements Will Harm Economic VibrancyNew ESG regulations under consideration by the SEC will increase compliance costs while creating less accurate information for investors.
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- The Guardian 20:47September 19, 2021UK-France defence summit cancelled in Aukus rowParis furious at scrapping of Australian submarine contract and new three-way technology pactA Franco-British defence ministers’ summit due to take place this week has been cancelled as Paris steps up its protests over the loss of a £48bn submarine contract with Australia and its secret replacement with nuclear technology from the UK and US.Ben Wallace, the UK defence secretary, and his opposite number, Florence Parly, had been due to hold a bilateral meeting in London and address the two-day Franco-British Council, now the latest casualties of the diplomatic row. Continue reading...
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- Forbes 17:00September 19, 2021Stop Vandalizing Reason: End The Worldwide Travel BansIf a virus is spreading, it’s unwise to take away a right that many would take from themselves voluntarily.
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- The Guardian(UK) 14:01September 19, 2021Majority of UK’s small energy suppliers could be left to collapse this winterGovernment would rather protect households than prop up struggling companies, says industry sourceThe majority of the UK’s small energy suppliers could be left to collapse this winter, the Guardian understands, as the government’s crisis talks focus on protecting households rather than bailing out struggling companies.The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, was due to meet with the industry regulator on Sunday to thrash out possible options to intervene in the energy market following a recent run of supplier collapses due to a record rise of global gas and electricity prices. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 12:01September 19, 2021Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe campaign urges sanctions against 10 IraniansCampaign to mark British-Iranian’s 2,000th day in detention with demand to Foreign OfficeThe campaign to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national, is to mark her 2,000th day in detention in Iran this week by demanding the British Foreign Office urgently impose sanctions on 10 Iranians most directly involved in Iranian state hostage-taking since 1979.It is the first time the campaign has asked for individual Iranians to be sanctioned by imposing asset freezes and travel bans. The new foreign secretary, Liz Truss, is due to meet with the Iranian foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, at the UN in New York this week, the first British-Iranian bilateral meeting at this level since 2018. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 10:15September 19, 2021British gangs and international rivals join forces to increase cocaine salesAnalysis by National Crime Agency finds more than 1,700 UK criminal groups involved in drug supplyBritish organised crime groups are collaborating closely with former international rivals like the Italian mafia to import increasingly bigger cocaine shipments into Europe, a senior investigator has revealed. Related: Cocaine, the yuppie drug? Not now, say experts – its lure is crossing all classes Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 09:20September 19, 2021Give £200 to every child for catch-up lessons – Lib DemsEd Davey reveals £5bn ‘listen to parents’ scheme to spend on extra tuitionParents should be handed a £200 voucher for each child to spend on extra tutoring, music lessons or sports clubs as part of a £5bn programme to help pupils catch up after the pandemic, the Liberal Democrats announce today.In an interview with the Observer, the party leader, Ed Davey, said he wanted to encourage the increased demand from parents to be part of their children’s education as a result of the crisis. Awarding an annual £200 for each child for three years would amount to one of the most radical parent empowerment programmes ever undertaken. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 03:28September 19, 2021‘We thought we were mates’: French ambassador laments subterfuge en route to Sydney airportJean-Pierre Thebault was angry about Aukus as he left Australia on Saturday night, saying: ‘It’s like in a couple, you know, when you commit … you don’t run away’Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassadorGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe French ambassador to Australia was in a car heading to Sydney airport for an urgent flight back home when he revealed he was “sad like any decent person would be”.Jean-Pierre Thebault left Australia on Saturday night after Australia’s $90bn submarine deal with France was scrapped late last week, causing an unexpected rupture in the relationship between two friendly countries. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 02:05September 19, 2021Baptism of fire as Liz Truss heads to US amid submarine rowAs France accuses the US and Australia of ‘lies and duplicity’, new UK foreign secretary faces major diplomatic incident on her first official overseas tripLiz Truss is heading for a furious diplomatic confrontation with France on her first trip abroad as foreign secretary, as anger mounts in Paris over the cancellation of a £48bn nuclear submarine contract.Truss, whose appointment was one of the biggest surprises of Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle last Wednesday, will arrive in the US on Sunday before a four-day visit to New York and Washington during which she is aiming to promote the prime minister’s vision of “global Britain” to international leaders. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 14:22September 18, 2021Aukus: France’s ambassador recall is ‘tip of the iceberg’, say analystsAukus pact announcement ‘puts a big rift in Nato alliance’ for France, says former UK ambassador France’s historic decision to recall its ambassadors to the US and Australia is far more than a “diplomatic” spat, analysts have warned.The move, in protest at Canberra’s surprise decision to cancel an order for French-built submarines and its security pact with Washington and London, will affect France and Europe’s role in Nato and on already strained relations with the UK. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 13:10September 18, 2021Half-term holiday bookings jump 200% after England travel rules changeThomas Cook says it expects a busy weekend for bookings as people take advantage of simplified travel rulesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHalf-term holiday bookings have jumped by 200% compared with August since the government announced a relaxation of travel rules in England, the travel firm Thomas Cook has said.On Friday, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, unveiled plans to simplify the Covid rules around trips abroad from next month, scrapping the traffic light system and replacing it with a pared-down “red” list of countries from which arrivals will continue to be required to quarantine in a government-supervised hotel. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 12:00September 18, 2021Affordable childcare has a 'fundamental funding problem,' according to top Obama economist Betsey Stevenson: kids can't take out loans to pay for preschool like adults can for college"It's absolutely impossible to take out a loan to pay for your own preschool. It's just not something a 3- or 4-year-old can do," Stevenson said.
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- Forbes 06:30September 18, 2021How Huge Military Contractors Will Get Even Richer Off The Australian Submarine DealUnder the cloud of smoke around the Australian submarine deal, are the unspoken aspects of the enrichment of American military contractors.
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- Forbes 00:47September 18, 2021Why France Just Withdrew Its Ambassadors From The USA And AustraliaIt is hard to overstate the blow to France, and France’s anger, from the torpedoed submarine deal The Biden administration announced a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines in an attempt to "reinforce alliances" and send a message to China.
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- New York Magazine 00:26September 18, 2021U.S. Admits Deadly Kabul Drone Strike Was ‘Horrible Mistake’The air strike killed ten civilians, including seven children — not an ISIS-K car bomber.
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- Business Insider 21:01September 17, 2021Nancy Pelosi rips into capitalism, saying it 'has not served our economy as well as it should'House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said "our economic system" has helped some people thrive from the "exploitation" of workers and the environment.
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- The Guardian(UK) 21:00September 17, 2021No 10 accused of sidelining behaviour experts on latest Covid measuresExclusive: SPI-B scientists warn of lack of independent advice at a time when social norms are replacing lawsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSenior scientific advisers have publicly accused the government of sidelining behavioural experts and appearing unwilling to listen to “uncomfortable truths” on vaccine passports and masks during the pandemic.The scientists told the Guardian that their input to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) was apparently no longer wanted owing to the expansion of in-house expertise. Continue reading...
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