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  • Peter Boyer
  • 10 Days ago
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London Breed Elected Mayor of San Francisco

On Wednesday, London Breed (D) made history by becoming the first African-American woman elected mayor of San Francisco. Her running mate Mark Leno (D) conceded while votes were rolling in. Breed is scheduled to serve until 2020, completely Mayor Ed Lee’s term following his death. After Breed’s win, Leno issued the following statement: “She is […]
  • Ben Norman
  • 23 Days ago
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Italy making significant changes

Italy potentially faces turmoil On Wednesday, Italy sold €5.6 billion ($6.5 billion) of debt. The breakdown looked like this: €1.75 billion of five-year bonds, €2 billion of seven-year bonds, and €1.8 billion of ten-year bonds. However, unfortunately for investors, yields rose significantly on Wednesday from the previous auction, meaning the bonds have a higher risk […]
  • Ben Norman
  • 1 month ago
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Facebook is changing its advertisement policy

Facebook will collect Social Security numbers for political ads Facebook announced last week that it will require the last four digits of a Social Security number, a US address, and a government-issued ID from anyone who wants to run a political advertisement. After Facebook verifies the submitter’s information, Facebook will send a verification code, which […]
  • Ben Norman
  • 1 month ago
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Senate rules to overturn FCC’s net neutrality repeal

On Wednesday, the Senate approved to overturn an attempt by the FCC to roll back the net neutrality rules created under the Obama administration. The net neutrality bill prevents Internet service providers from slowing down or speeding up certain websites, depending on traffic and popularity. Republican representatives, who are the ones most in favor of […]
  • Ben Norman
  • 1 month ago
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Suzanne Scott becomes Fox News’ first female CEO

Until Thursday, Fox News never had a female CEO. That all changed as Suzanne Scott made history to lead one of the major news channels in the nation. The highly revered promotion is definitely deserved, as Scott has been doing a spectacular job at Fox News. Before her promotion, Scott was the president of programming, […]
  • Crystal Ng
  • 2 Months ago
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What is #RedForEd about?

#RedForEd stands for the walkout initiated by K-12 educator in Arizona. It is also connected to Governor Ducey’s “20 by 2020” initiative.  By now most people are already aware of the latest trend #RedForEd inspired by the walkout organized by the teachers in Arizona. Schools are shutting down for the rest of the week for […]
  • Crystal Ng
  • 3 Months ago
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Is Tesla Inc. the ultimate loser amidst the trade war?

Trump Administration considers adding a 25% tariff on Chinese car imports. China retaliates with an equal 25% of 106 U.S. imported goods. Tesla Inc. is already paying 25% due to China’s tariff on car imports. China has been the most prominent trading partner of the United States for some time now. NBC News states that the trades […]
  • Crystal Ng
  • 3 Months ago
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Will a surcharge reduce congestion in Manhattan?

Recently approved New York state budget includes a surcharge in ride-hailing services. The additional funds will go into the maintenance and upgrade of the subway. Governor Cuomo is moving forward with the congestion-pricing plan. We live in a generation where everything comes down to money. It will be the ultimate deciding factor in every step that […]
  • Crystal Ng
  • 3 Months ago
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Are we giving up that cup of Joe? California Judge Takes Stand

Coffee contains acrylamide, a substance that causes cancer. California requires coffee companies to put warning labels on the item.  Almost a hundred companies that produce coffee, including Starbucks have been filed a lawsuit against by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, a nonprofit group. The charges were based on the grounds of violation […]
  • Crystal Ng
  • 4 Months ago
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Women are People, Not a Commodity

An extraordinary event transpired amidst the 19th and 20th centuries which altered the course of the history and transformed the world into life as we know it today. This century-long struggle has come to be known as the period of women’s suffrage movement. Prior to that time, long before any of us were born, women […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 10 Months ago
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Harvey and Irma combined could prove more expensive than Katrina

Moody’s Analytics estimates that Irma will cost the U.S. economy between $64 billion and $92 billion, CNN reports. Insured losses resulting from the storm will range between $20 billion and $40 billion, the firm said. Moody’s estimated Harvey-related costs between $86 billion and $108 billion, CNBC notes. Harvey and Irma will likely cost a combined […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 10 Months ago
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Indonesia extradites xiu.com founder, China continues crack down on fugitives

Chinese authorities have extradited Ji Wenhong, founder of online clothing retailer xiu.com, from Indonesia to face smuggling charges, the AP reports via New York Daily News. Indonesian officials returned Ji to China Saturday. Authorities accuse Ji of having designed a system by which his company illegally imported goods from Europe and the US. Allegedly, the […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 10 Months ago
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Boeing, Northrop to compete to design new land-based nukes for US

The US Air Force announced Monday that it has awarded two defense companies—Boeing and Northrop Grumman—each a $359 million contract to design new, land-based, nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), CNBC reports. The companies will compete in what the Pentagon calls the “technology maturation and risk reduction” phase of development, which CNBC describes as the “preliminary […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 10 Months ago
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Wisconsin State Assembly approves bill to incentivize proposed in-state Foxconn factory

Thursday, by a vote of 59-30, Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled State Assembly approved legislation that would provide $3 billion worth of incentives—mostly cash—to technology manufacturer Foxconn over 15 years, Reuters reports. Foxconn, based in Taiwan, has proposed to build a 20 million square-foot liquid-crystal display (LCD) plant on a 1,000-acre plot in the southeastern sector of the […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 10 Months ago
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Right-wing protestors postpone anti-Google demonstration

Right wing protesters have a march on Google due to what the group’s website calls “credible Alt Left terrorist threats,” CNET reports. The demonstration, which conservative activist Jack Posobiec organized to protest the firing of engineer James Damore, who distributed this in-house memo about gender and business, was set for Saturday, August 19. The group, […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 10 Months ago
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Regional Planning Association proposes changes to public transit in New York

As New York commuters suffer through the complications, repairs and shutdowns at Penn Station this summer, the Regional Planning Association (RPA), a think tank dedicated to improving various aspects of life in the tri-state area, has proposed two projects to revitalize the region’s public transportation system, TheRealDeal reports. The plans would cost a combined $10 […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 11 Months ago
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Nevada’s Marijuana Shortage Might End Soon

The marijuana shortage which befell Nevada’s dispensaries after they sold over $3 million worth of marijuana in the first weekend of sales will be eased by a measure passed by the state’s tax commission Thursday to increase the number of entities who can distribute weed, Grace Donnelly of Fortune reports. After hearing arguments from dispensary […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 12 Months ago
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Seattle City Council Passes Measure to Tax the Wealthy

By a 9-0 vote this week, Seattle’s city council passed a measure that would require residents to pay a 2.5% tax on income over $250,000. Couples who file jointly would be taxed on household income over $500,000, Rick Anderson of the LA Times reports. Though conservative activists have already taken legal action against the tax, […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 12 Months ago
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New York Fashion Week: Reclaiming American Culture One Stitch at a Time

The American fashion industry is struggling. In the past year, a number of formerly iconic American clothing retailers have shut their doors. True Religion Apparel, Inc. became the latest casualty earlier this month. Such brands are being pushed out of the market by foreign enterprises like H&M of Sweden and Spain’s Zara, which employ a […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • 12 Months ago
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Nevada Marijuana in Short Supply Just Ten Days After Sales Began

In the first three days after Nevada dispensaries began selling marijuana under the state’s new legislation permitting recreational use of the substance, the state’s 47 pot stores pulled in a combined $3 million dollars in revenue. Nobody anticipated the demand. Now, just ten days after marijuana went on sale at midnight on July 1, the supply […]
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