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Even Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Telling Me to Vote

I have recently been reminded, asked, or commanded to vote approximately 6 million times. These nudges have come from the people and places I’d expect—candidates, local officials, civic and political organizations—but also, more so than in any other election year I remember, from the places…

Robots go tank hunting in the Arizona desert

Two robot Terminators trundled across the Yuma Desert, in search of the enemy. Like human troops, the machines took turns covering each other as they advanced. One robot would find a safe spot, stop, and launch the tethered mini-drone it carried to look over the…

Retired and active military leaders endorse US candidates

America’s military appears to be split down the middle, when it comes to voting in a new president. Much like the chasm which divides American voters, retired and current leaders are taking sides, and making no bones about their support. Days after the Trump-Pence campaign…

Weibo parent Sina to delist its US stocks

Chinese internet giant Sina Corp, the parent company of the country’s vast Twitter-like Weibo platform, plans to delist its US shares and go private, making it the latest mainland firm to withdraw from Wall Street as relations between Beijing and Washington sour. Sina will cease…

Why Qatar should not be designated an ally of the US

Timothy Lenderking, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for Arabian Gulf affairs, says the US hopes to move forward with designating Qatar as a major non-NATO ally. This status provides a country with US benefits in defense trade and security cooperation. Specifically, “major non-NATO…

Tax bombshell has Trump on defensive before debate

President Donald Trump reeled Monday on the eve of his first televised debate against challenger Joe Biden after a bolt-from-the-blue report showed he has been avoiding paying almost any federal income tax for years. The scoop from The New York Times, reporting that Trump paid…

Judiciary Reform Is Not Revenge

Following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Democrats, not surprisingly, are outraged at Republicans’ course reversal on filling a vacancy during an election year. Two proposals are gaining momentum among commentators and progressive activists: expanding the number of justices and instituting term limits. These ideas almost…

Real vaccine before US vote would take a miracle

By Caroline Chen, Isaac Arnsdorf and Ryan Gabrielson This story was originally co-published by ProPublica. Despite President Donald Trump’s promises of a vaccine next month and pundits’ speculation about how an “October surprise” could upend the presidential campaign, any potential vaccine would have to clear…

New York officials worry over neighborhood hotbeds

Coronavirus infection rates have increased at “an alarming rate” in several New York neighborhoods, particularly among the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, city health authorities warned Sunday, threatening to sanction certain schools if they fail to comply with anti-virus regulations. Although the Big Apple has…

US judge halts Trump download ban on TikTok

TikTok won a last-minute reprieve late Sunday as a US federal judge halted enforcement of a politically-charged ban ordered by the Trump administration on downloads of the popular video app, hours before it was set to take effect. District Judge Carl Nichols issued a temporary…

New York Times reveals Trump’s tax filings

US President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the election, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing tax return data extending more than 20 years. It added that he also paid only $750 in his first…

US pioneers a Mach 20 hypersonic monster

China’s deadly “carrier killer” hypersonic ballistic missile — the Dong-Feng 21 — can reportedly reach speeds of up to Mach 5 and beyond. Experts say, it doesn’t even need a warhead. At those speeds, if it hit a carrier, it would pass right through, and…

Rhode Island: Images of the Ocean State

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S., but with a population of just over 1 million people, it is also the the second-most densely populated state. From Woonsocket and Pawtucket, through Providence, Bristol, and Newport, here are a few glimpses of the landscape…

Scene set for first Trump-Biden TV debate

The volatile US presidential election enters a fierce new stage this week when Donald Trump and Joe Biden hold their first debate – a television spectacle finally allowing Americans to witness the two antagonists head to head. Tuesday’s clash, coming right after Trump defied Democrats…

Russia suspected in crippling US election hack

By Jack Gillum, Jessica Huseman, Jeff Kao and Derek Willis This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. Last week, voters and election administrators who emailed Leanne Jackson, the clerk of rural Hamilton County in central Texas, received bureaucratic-looking replies. “Re: official…

Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible

When a reporter recently asked Donald Trump if he would accept a peaceful transition of power, the president wouldn’t commit. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In an apparent reference to mail-in ballots, he went on, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and…

Merrill’s Marauders finally get their recognition

About 3,000 patriotic men volunteered for Merrill’s Marauders in the Second World War, heeding the call of US President Roosevelt for a greater cause in a place worse than hell. Only 200 would survive. Let that sink in, for a bit, OK? … Only 200…

Permafrost descends on US-Russia ties

On September 24, a bipartisan group of US senators proposed sanctions against Russian officials over the alleged poisoning of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Siberia recently.  A targeted bill titled Holding Russia Accountable for Malign Activities Act of 2020 has been introduced by five…

‘Enough is enough’: China attacks US at UN

China on Thursday lashed out at the United States at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the coronavirus, with its envoy declaring, “Enough is enough!” Two days after President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China’s record,…

Race to ruin as US Fed Reserve turns Japanese

If you want to know why the US economy risks turning Japanese, look no further than the Federal Reserve’s swelling balance sheet. The US central bank’s efforts to rescue a Covid-19 ravaged economy have long since taken it into uncharted territory. In March, its balance…

Fighter pilot shortage puts US Navy in a quandary

Wanted: US Navy pilots. About 100, actually. Job description: Flying an F-18 and landing it on a rocking aircraft carrier, at night, in a storm, required … and, looking cool while doing it. Payment: Not bad, but it’s government, so you’ll never be rich. It…

Welcome to the era of the smart ‘cyber-bandage’

Bandages, dressings, whatever you want to call thems are an important part of healing a wound properly, and they’ve been used through the ages, even since ancient Egyptian times. But what if I told you, there was a bandage that could actually tell whether a…

Chinese state media accuse US of TikTok tech trap

HONG KONG – Chinese state media stepped up their propaganda this week in denouncing a contentious deal for Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, one that will reportedly allow US giants Oracle and Walmart to take a majority stake in the newly created, US-based TikTok Global. On…

China decries US ‘lie’ over Xinjiang imports ban

Beijing hit back Wednesday at a US move to ban imports from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region over claims of forced labor, bemoaning a “fabricated lie” it says is intended to hurt Chinese business. The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday in favor of…

US Army nixes shark attack for ‘The First 100 Yards’

“I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be ‘Sir‘ … and I will give you three f–king seconds to get that…

Is This Really the End of Abortion?

Friday was a perfect early-autumn evening in Washington, D.C., less than 50 days away from the election. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, arguably the most powerful anti-abortion group in Washington, had wrapped up her day on Capitol Hill. She and…

The Pandemic Is Defeating Hollywood Blockbusters

Data gathered this weekend appeared to hold seismic news for Hollywood—specifically Disney. A report from Yahoo suggested that a shocking 9 million Disney+ users had streamed the studio’s Mulan remake in its first 12 days of release, translating into a gross of $261 million. That’s…

Trump vows to not let China keep control of TikTok

A deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok was thrown into doubt Monday when President Donald Trump vowed to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control. The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that…

Fighters will be armed with lasers by 2025, says Lockheed

Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame wanted sharks with lasers. OK, for an evil villain holding the world hostage, we can all understand that. It comes with the territory. But a tactical fighter jet, with a laser weapon? Does mankind really need this? Doesn’t the…

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