Elon Musk Stumbles Into a Good Point

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Today’s Agenda Tesla really should just go private. America’s health-care system is at stake in the midterm elections. The Trump administration is blowing its AT&T/Time Warner appeal. Starbucks thinks China will come out of the trade war in good shape. Maybe job tenure shouldn’t just be a thing for college professors. Why the heck not? […]

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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. […]

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Former Coal Lobbyist Takes Over EPA From Embattled Chief Pruitt

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The new head of the EPA is a former Senate staffer who has worked behind the scenes to quash climate change legislation and promote coal. Andrew Wheeler, 53, now the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official, will take over Monday as acting administrator following the resignation of Scott Pruitt. Wheeler could bring a quiet effectiveness […]

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Dont Despair, Democrats. Just Vote.

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It's no surprise. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is an elderly man. He was bound to retire sooner or later, and when you're 81, sooner usually wins.   To replace Kennedy, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell won't have to sledgehammer equity, comity and decades of democratic norms, as he did in 2016 when he blockaded […]

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House Immigration Bill Seeks to End Family Separation at Border

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A House Republican immigration plan would curb the Trump administration’s widely criticized policy of separating children from parents seeking asylum at the U.S. border, but other provisions may lessen its chances of being enacted. The draft bill being circulated Thursday would provide money for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall and allow provisional legal status […]

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Ryan Poised to Earn Millions Even If He Sheds Weekend Dad Role

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GOP House Speaker should have his pick of boardroom roles ’Mr. Middle America’ won’t comment on plan after he steps down joined the advisory board for U.S. cannabis producer Acreage Holdings and is already serving on the board of Arizona Mining Inc. and the advisory board to JBS USA, the American arm of a Brazilian […]

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Facebook Plunges as Pressure Mounts on Zuckerberg Over Data

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Demands follow report that Cambridge Analytica violated rules Lawmakers seek more than ‘false reassurance’ on data safety Mark Zuckerberg to appear before lawmakers to explain how U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica, the data-analysis firm that helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency, was able to harvest the personal information. Facebook has already testified about how its platform […]

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Campaign Workers Unionize Just in Time for Midterm Elections

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Several Democratic congressional campaigns have agreed to bargain collectively with the Campaign Workers Guild, a new union trying to organize election campaign staff in what may be a first for national politics. The CWG announced Monday that it had secured a union contract with the campaign of Wisconsin activist Randy Bryce, the leading Democratic challenger […]

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Sessions Ending Obama-Era Policy That Ushered In Legal Weed

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy that helped states legalize recreational marijuana, throwing a wet blanket on the fledgling industry during what could have been a celebratory week. The Justice Department will reverse the so-called Cole and Ogden memos that set out guardrails for federal prosecution of cannabis and allowed legalized marijuana to […]

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