Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

The Painful Roots of Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Comment

WASHINGTON — Shelley Jackson was 7 years old the first time she heard it. In the early 1970s, Ms. Jackson was among a group of 40 black children who were bused from one side of Los Angeles to integrate a majority-white school across town. One day, a playground squabble ended in a white classmate telling […]

Senators criticize FTC's reported Facebook settlement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three U.S. senators who have been frequent critics of U.S. tech giants wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday to criticize its reported settlement with Facebook Inc. U.S. Senators Edward Markey, Richard Blumenthal, who are Democrats, and Josh Hawley, a Republican, told the agency that a $5 billion settlement, […]

Bills targeting China's Huawei introduced in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills on Tuesday to keep tight restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, amid concern about President Donald Trump’s easing of restrictions on the Chinese firm. The legislation would among other things bar the removal of the massive telecommunications equipment firm from a […]

Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris Have Made Waves. Some Progressives Remain Skeptical.

WATERLOO, Iowa — Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised more money in the most recent quarter than anyone else in the 2020 field and has generated excitement among Democratic donors unseen for a new national political figure since Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Senator Kamala Harris is the first major black female candidate for president in decades […]

Senators grill Facebook on its plans for Libra cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is “delusional” to believe people will trust it with their money, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle questioned the social media company on its plans for a digital currency at a hearing on Tuesday. Facebook is fighting to get Washington onside after […]

National Lottery Scratchcards minimum age set to rise to 18 – with a huge catch

The minimum age for playing National Lottery scratchcards is set to rise from 16 to 18 under government plans announced today. Lotto "instant win" tickets will only be sold to adults if a government consultation gets its way – bringing them in line with alcohol and cigarettes. But Tory ministers have sparked a storm after […]

Tech executives head to Capitol Hill for antitrust hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from tech giants Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) go before the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel Tuesday to discuss competition in online markets. The committee is likely to discuss antitrust probes of the four companies under way at the Justice Department and Federal […]

Brexit news: What would ANOTHER Brexit extension mean for the UK?

The UK is on course to leave the EU on October 31, the third Brexit date since Article 50 was twice extended under Theresa May. The promise of a Halloween Brexit has become the pivotal point in the Tory leadership campaign, with both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt saying they would be willing to leave […]

62 Border Agents Belonged to Offensive Facebook Group, Investigation Finds

WASHINGTON — At least 62 current federal border agents have joined private Facebook groups and other social media pages that included obscene images of Hispanic lawmakers and threats to members of Congress, internal investigators said on Monday. In all, 70 current and former Customs and Border Protection employees were identified as members of the groups, […]

Democrat Cory Booker raised $4.5 million in second quarter for presidential bid

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker raised $4.5 million in the three months ended June 30, nearly a quarter of it in the four days after a strong appearance in the party’s first debate, his campaign said Monday. Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, is one of 24 candidates seeking the Democratic party’s […]