A Tiny Island Off Singapore May Hold Keys to Energy’s Future

May 25, 2017

On a small island off the southern coast of Singapore, a French energy company is experimenting with what it hopes will be the future of renewable power storage. Plummeting costs for wind are helping renewable energy steal an ever-greater slice of the power generation pie from fossil fuels such as oil and coal. That makes it more and more vital to figure out how to spread out the brief but…

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Data Mining to Find Tax Cheaters

May 25, 2017

Driven by fear of prison and scandal, tens of thousands of Americans who hid money offshore have taken an amnesty deal offered by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service since 2009. They had to bring the money home, pay the taxes plus penalties, and tell authorities how bankers helped them cheat. In return, they weren’t prosecuted. Some resisted, however. They moved their money from Switzerland to other tax havens such as…

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Investors Just Pulled the Most Cash From Small Caps in a Decade

May 25, 2017

The small-cap trade got a lot less crowded. Investors pulled $3.5 billion from the biggest The biggest outflow in 10 years comes less than a month after small caps roared to an all-time high on speculation Trump administration policies would supercharge growth in the world’s largest economy. For Andrew Brenner, head of international fixed income for National Alliance Capital Markets, the money draining from small caps signals the market’s gearing…

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Move Over Tesla, Europe’s Building Its Own Battery Gigafactories

May 24, 2017

Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Daimler AG, which produces Mercedes-Benz and Maybach luxury cars. The facility 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of Berlin highlights a push by both major automakers and power companies into energy storage. The technology is crucial to drive the next generation of green vehicles and to hold electricity from wind and solar farms for when it’s needed most. With two dominant…

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May 24, 2017

Look around Tokyo and you can still see the concrete legacy left by the 1964 Olympics and the subsequent economic “miracle.” Wood can change that, says the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Games. Using Japanese lumber for the centerpiece venue, Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime…

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Manchester Arena attack: Scots girl still missing – BBC News

May 24, 2017

‘Shock and disbelief’ Mr MacNeil told the BBC on Tuesday: “Laura is in hospital. She’s alive, she’s in a serious condition. We are still very worried for her, of course, the whole island is worried. “We are very worried for Eilidh MacLeod. Our hearts go out to both families. It’s been a huge shock to everyone on the island.” UK threat level raised to highest level Scots in hospital after…

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Parents Of Slain DNC Staffer Call Conspiracy Theories ‘Unspeakably Cruel’

May 24, 2017

Writing in The Washington Post,Mary and Joel Rich describe the nightmare that has become their lives. Each day, instead of receiving news from police about a break in their sons unsolved slaying, they are bombarded with phone calls from reporters asking about the lies or conspiracies being spread about him, they wrote. Mary and Joel Rich say their son’s murder has been “turned into a political football.” We have seen…

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Trump Threatened To Let Obamacare ‘Implode.’ That’s One Promise He’s Keeping.

May 24, 2017

President has been telling us all along that he believes his best course politically is to do what he can to ensure that Obamacare breaks. What you may not have noticed is that hes actually been executing that plan. The Affordable Care Act has had its share of problems, some them serious like health insurance premiums that middle-class families cant afford, and swaths of the country with among insurers. Since…

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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON It took the House months of infighting and a failed first attempt to ultimately pass a bill torepeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. More than two weeks later, Senate Republicans are nowhere near reaching an agreement on a bill of their own. As scandal after scandal piled up for the Trump administration last week, Republicans were given some cover. Rather than being flooded with questions as they exited…

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Defending students’ Mike Pence walkout using the words of … Mike Pence.

May 24, 2017

On Sunday, a group of about 150 students walked out during Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Conservative outlets blasted the silent protest as a form of intolerance to opposing views and an affront to free speech. But according to Mike Pence’s own speech, that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. In his address, Pence railed against political correctness, intolerance to others’ opinions,…

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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

May 23, 2017

Midway through the second season of Silicon Valley, the HBO series that so skillfully spoofs the Bay Area tech scene, the plot turns to porn. Inside the offices of Pied Piper, the fictional startup at the heart of the show, a shaggy-haired coder hacks into a rival company. The rival, he discovers, has landed a $15 million contract with a porn outfit called Intersite, also fictional, agreeing to build software…

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Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

May 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow much household debt do we owe? People in serious debt can expect more legal protection from bailiffs, charges and interest after pledges in the major parties’ manifestos. The Conservatives and Labour have vowed to extend a “breathing space” scheme used in Scotland to allow people time to organise repayments. Others, including the Lib Dems, want more regulation in the debt sector….

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Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

May 23, 2017

Andrew Cullen / Reuters The Trump administrations proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a presidents budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. Trumps proposed fiscal 2018 budget follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood,…

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Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Publicly Deny Russia Ties

May 23, 2017

According to the report, Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny that there is any evidence of connections between Trumps team and Russia. Those requests reportedly came in late March, after then-FBI Director James Comey confirmedthat his bureau was looking into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia. The Post also said that White House officials sought to influence Comey…

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Monica Lewinsky Bids Roger Ailes Goodbye In Scathing NYT Column

May 23, 2017

After decades of grappling with her relationship with former President Bill Clinton and the ensuing media frenzy, Monica Lewinsky is bidding goodbye to Roger Ailes, a man who shamelessly capitalized on the scandal. Or, rather than saying goodbye to Ailes himself, Lewinsky is saying goodbye (and good riddance) to the atmosphere he created. As she wrote in a Monday column for the New York Times: This is not another obituary…

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Why Trump Allies Want To Talk Impeachment And Dem Leadership Doesn’t

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON With President Donald Trumps approval rating sinking and congressional Republicans pushing a deeply unpopular agenda, Democrats have a real chance to take back the House. But that opportunity is being complicated by one word that is coming up with increasing regularity on the midterm campaign trail: impeachment. In focus groups in swing districts and in Georgia-06 (where a special election is being held this June) where we do think…

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Dwayne Johnson says ‘I’m running for president’ on ‘SNL,’ reveals running mate

May 23, 2017

They even made this nifty poster.Image: NBC When Dwayne Johnson told a journalist earlier this month that a run for president was “a real possibility,” there was a part of us that kinda … took it seriously? Why not, right? Well, start the countdown clock for 2020, because we’re choosing to believe and you’re going to love his choice for running mate. Johnson, hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, took…

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Trump clutching this glowing orb has Twitter coming up with amazing theories

May 22, 2017

“By touching this glowing orb, you hereby swear your eternal allegiance to the international Legion of Doom, got it?” That’s just one of the many theories that began swirling around social media on Sunday when Donald Trump appeared in photos clutching a mysterious, illuminated globe in a darkened room alongside Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. SEE ALSO: Twitter’s co-founder is totally sorry for helping Trump…

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Mike Pence spoke at this graduation ceremonyso over a hundred students walked out

May 22, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the commencement ceremony at Grove City College.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Vice President Mike Pence‘s commencement address to the University of Notre Dame Class of 2017 didn’t go as smoothly as he probably would have liked it to, thanks to protesters who walked out as the vice president began his remarks. The protest, which was organized by the University of Notre Dame student activist coalition We StaND…

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General election 2017: Voter registration deadline looms – BBC News

May 22, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow do I register to vote? The clock is ticking down on the deadline for registering to vote in the 2017 general election. Eligible voters have until 23:59 BST to register online through the official website. More than two million people have joined the register in the month since Theresa May revealed there would be a snap election on 8 June. The…

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General election 2017: The people behind the parties – BBC News

May 22, 2017

Image copyright Alamy He joined Conservative HQ as a part-time consultant at the beginning of 2012, stepping up his involvement before the 2015 general election. During that period, Labour claimed his background as a lobbyist for tobacco giant Philip Morris was influencing the government’s public health policies, which he denied. He was also criticised by some in the Conservative Party who felt he was too right-wing to appeal to more…

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McMaster Can’t Remember If Trump Called Comey A Nut Job In Meeting With Russians

May 22, 2017

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday he doesnt really remember what President Donald Trump said in a meeting with Russian officials earlier this month. McMaster was in the now-infamousOval Office meeting with the president, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. But when pressed on whether Trump called former FBI Director James Comey a in that meeting and bragged about firing him, McMaster…

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Billy Bush Plans Return To TV After Soul-Searching And Walking On Fire

May 22, 2017

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Sunday, Bush described the months following a Washington Post report about a now-infamous hot-mic recording as a roller coaster that hurt a lot. That early part was just chaos. But then things progressed, and when you have a big, traumatic event, you go through stages, and it led to acceptance and understanding. And then I found myself in a place of…

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There’s more to the story of Biden’s Clinton ‘diss’

May 22, 2017

Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Headlines everywhere popped up Friday morning proclaiming that former Vice President Joe Biden had called out Hillary Clinton at a conference Thursday night. Image: Washington Post Twitter certainly noticed. This was pointless. No one comes out of this looking better than if Biden had simply kept his mouth shut. https://t.co/nwThXIIb5H Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 19, 2017 But if you look a bit closer at what…

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Twitter co-founder: ‘Yeah, I’m sorry’ if Twitter helped Trump get elected

May 21, 2017

Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Twitter co-founder Evan Williams wants you to know he’s super sorry for any role the social media platform played in the election of President Donald Trump. The sort-of apology was made in an interview with The New York Times published on Saturday. Williams’ remorse for possibly helping to create a political monster comes after Trump’s claims that Twitter was key in helping him clinch the election. I…

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