Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

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Fox News Cuts Off Lindsey Graham In The Middle Of His Latest Money Plea

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has been using his airtime on Fox News to appeal for more money from viewers. But it seems the right-wing network may have had enough. 

Graham, who is locked in a tight race against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, begged for cash twice during Laura Ingraham’s show on Tuesday. The second time, the network cut him off mid-plea: 

His regular appeals on Fox News have worked: Graham raised $28 million in the third quarter, a record for a Republican Senate candidate. However, that’s less than half the record $57 million raised by Harrison over that same period, something Graham hasn’t been shy about mentioning during his increasingly desperate appeals on Fox News.  

CNN collected them into a supercut: 

Graham’s fundraising appeals have also become fodder for The Lincoln Project, a never-Trump conservative group that’s been running ads against a number of Republican senators, including Graham. Earlier this week, the group called him a “sniveling weak crybaby.” 

On Tuesday, The Lincoln Project inserted Graham’s fundraising appeal into “The Ring” horror movie: 

Heineken 9-month Profit Down On Weak Volume; Says Situation Remains Highly Volatile

Dutch brewer Heineken NV (HKHHF.PK) reported Wednesday that its net profit for the first nine months of fiscal 2020 was 396 million euros, sharply lower than 1.67 billion euros a year ago.

The company noted that continued cost mitigation actions partially mitigated the impact from lower volume, adverse product and channel mix and incremental expenses driven by the coronavirus crisis.

Beer volume was 165.4 million hl for the nine-month period, down 8.3 percent from last year on a reported basis and down 8.1 percent organically.

In the third quarter, beer volume was 62.9 million hl, down 2.1 percent on a reported basis and down 1.9 percent organically. However, volume improved sequentially relative to the previous quarter across all regions as many lockdowns eased.

Heineken volume continued to outperform the overall category and grew by 7.1 percent in the quarter and 1.0 percent for the first nine months of the year.

Looking ahead, the company noted that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on its markets and wider business in 2020.

Dolf van den Brink, Chairman of the Executive Board / CEO, said, “The situation remains highly volatile and uncertain. We expect rolling outbreaks of COVID-19 to continue to meaningfully impact many of our markets in addition to rising recessionary pressures.”

Live updates: Big tech CEOs to testify before Senate

How social media sites, networks could be manipulating your mind

Ex-Google design ethicist Tristan Harris joins ‘Bill Hemmer Reports’ to discuss Netflix’s ‘The Social Dilemma’

The leaders of three of the biggest tech companies in the world are facing a dilemma of their own after a Netflix documentary about the issues caused by their services sparked a Senate hearing slated for Wednesday. 

The CEOs of technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify on tech companies’ treatment of speech and information on their platforms.

The Senate Commerce Committee voted last week to authorize subpoenas for Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google and Jack Dorsey of Twitter to force them to testify if they didn’t agree to do so voluntarily. Spokespeople for the companies said Monday that the CEOs will cooperate.

Komatsu H1 Net Income Declines; Net Sales Down 21.1% – Quick Facts

Komatsu Ltd. (KMTUY.PK) reported that its first half net income attributable to Komatsu was 37.2 billion yen, down 58.6% from prior year. Earnings per share was 39.46 yen compared to 95.32 yen. Operating income declined by 57.5% to 60.3 billion yen. The company said this was mainly due to reduced sales volume, and a change in the geographic composition of sales in the construction, mining and utility equipment business.

For the first six-month period, net sales were 957.7 billion yen, down 21.1% from a year ago. In the construction, mining and utility equipment business, demand fell, as particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, the company projects: net sales of 2.12 trillion yen; net income to Komatsu of 80.0 billion yen; and basic net income per basic share of 84.67 yen.

Britain's Heathrow Airport slashes outlook, loses European crown

  • Heathrow says it now expects 37 million people to travel through the airport in 2021, much lower than the 63 million passengers it had been guiding for in June.

Britain's Heathrow Airport slashed next year's outlook for passenger numbers as the pandemic continues to crush demand for flying, and said it was no longer the busiest airport in Europe, ceding the crown it had held for decades to Paris.

Heathrow on Wednesday said it now expected 37 million people to travel through the airport in 2021, a much weaker recovery than it had been guiding for in June when it guided that 63 million passengers would use it.

Live updates: Campaigns sharpen attack prior to election

Where does Trump have a path to win reelection?

Pollsters Matt Towery and Robert Cahaly weigh in on the state of the 2020 election on ‘Hannity.’

President Trump campaigned in Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska Tuesday while Democratic nominee Joe Biden rallied in Republican-friendly Georgia. 

One week out from Election Day, more than 69.5 million voters had already cast their ballots as of Tuesday afternoon, according to The New York  Times. 

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