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  • Did Democrats just help Trump win reelection?
    December 12, 2019, 9:05 am

    House Democrats have officially agreed to back a revised version of Trump?s new trade pact ≠? an announcement made just one hour after House Democratic leaders unveiled articles of impeachment against him.



  • Democrats say they won't cross picket line over union conflict at debate host...
    December 13, 2019, 4:09 pm

    A local union at Loyola Marymount University will picket at the university ahead of Thursday?s debate.



  • Bloomberg Vows to Finish Off Coal Plants: Campaign Update
    December 13, 2019, 8:30 am

    (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg wants to retire all remaining coal-fired electricity plants in the next decade and ?immediately? stop the construction of new gas facilities to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030.His campaign said he?s still developing a cost estimate for his climate plan as well as figuring out where to find the revenue for it. It?s the second policy plan he?s rolled out this week without a price tag or a plan to pay for it.The former New York mayor released a climate proposal on Friday near a closed coal-fired power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, where he helped launch a campaign in 2011 to retire almost 300 coal facilities so far. He has committed $500 million for a ?Beyond Carbon? campaign and said President Donald Trump ?refuses to lead on climate change, so the rest of us must.?Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.Bloomberg wants to reach net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century, which is in line with with plans released by front-runner Joe Biden and other leading candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. But it?s less aggressive than the 10-year timetable in the $93 trillion ?Green New Deal.? Like other Democratic candidates, Bloomberg seeks to end subsidies for fossil fuels, impose fossil-fuel moratoriums on federal lands, and achieve 100% clean energy ?as soon as humanly possible.?Bloomberg?s plan proposes more stringent limits on emissions and pollution to retire the remaining 251 coal plants. He said the regulation would also deter the building of new gas plants, though it?s unclear how quickly that could happen. Bloomberg would push Congress to expand solar and wind tax credits and enact new tax incentives for clean-energy technology.COMING UPJoe Biden will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for a community event on Friday afternoon.Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer will participate in a forum organized by 11 public education organizations in Pittsburgh on Saturday.Seven Democratic presidential candidates have so far qualified for the final debate of 2019 in Los Angeles on Dec. 19.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Niquette in Columbus at mniquette@bloomberg.net;Ari Natter in Washington at anatter5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Kevin WhitelawFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • Chile: Plane that vanished en route to Antarctica found
    December 12, 2019, 8:37 am

    Searchers combing Antarctic seas have recovered parts of a military transport plane and human remains belonging to some of the 38 people aboard who vanished en route to the frozen continent, Chilean officials said Thursday. Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino said at a news conference that based on the condition of the remains, he believed it would be ?practically impossible? that any survivors would be pulled from the water alive. An international team of searchers continued the hunt, while officials on shore said they would use DNA analysis to identify the crash victims.



  • Some 1,100 car shoppers said they'd rather buy an electric pickup truck from ...
    December 12, 2019, 10:35 am

    Tesla's Cybertruck may have a hard time converting Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado owners, but it might open up a new segment of the pickup market.



  • Rashida Tlaib deletes tweet falsely blaming Jersey City shooting on 'white su...
    December 12, 2019, 1:43 pm

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) deleted a tweet Thursday morning in which she falsely credited Tuesday's deadly shooting at a kosher deli in Jersey City, New Jersey to "white supremacy" when in fact, the suspected shooters were reportedly Black Hebrew Israelites.Tlaib deleted the post just minutes after it went up, but not before close observers were able to nab a screenshot. It didn't take long for the tweet to spread among influential political commentators, especially conservatives, like Dinesh D'Souza, who retweeted a post calling out the congresswoman's blunder.The shooting in the Jewish community in Jersey City left six people dead, including a police officer. Investigators say one of the suspects posted anti-Semitic and anti-police sentiment online, noted The Associated Press. Two of the civilian victims, Mindy Ferencz and Moshe Deutsch, were reportedly members of the Orthodox Jewish community in the neighborhood. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced on Wednesday that the massacre was a "hate crime" against Jews. Fulop stated there is reason to believe that the deli was a premeditated target, though investigators have not confirmed details about the suspects' motives.Tlaib has yet to comment in response to the called-out deleted tweet.More stories from theweek.com Trump's pathological obsession with being laughed at The most important day of the impeachment inquiry Jerry Falwell Jr.'s false gospel of memes



  • Taiwan Still Has a Giant World War II-Era Artillery Gun (Pointed at China)
    December 13, 2019, 1:49 am

    Could it fight?



  • Refinitiv created filter to block Reuters stories amid Hong Kong protests
    December 12, 2019, 2:01 pm

    As anti-government demonstrations engulfed Hong Kong in August, Reuters broke a sensitive story: Beijing had rejected a secret proposal by city leader Carrie Lam to meet several of the protesters? demands in a bid to defuse the unrest. The story buttressed a main claim of the protesters, that Beijing is intervening deeply in the affairs of the semi-autonomous city. A state-run newspaper denounced the story as ?fake? and ?shameful.? The article soon became unavailable in mainland China.



  • Russia said it was alarmed after the U.S. tested a ground-launched ballistic ...
    December 13, 2019, 8:16 am

    Russia said on Friday it was alarmed after the United States tested a ground-launched ballistic missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the RIA news agency reported.



  • For Gaetz to raise Hunter Biden's substance abuse is 'the pot calling the ket...
    December 12, 2019, 11:54 am

    The House Judiciary Committee debate over articles of impeachment against President Trump took an ugly turn Thursday when Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., brought up Hunter Biden?s past drug use.



  • Stomach flu outbreak terrorizes†school in Washington state,†sickening over 10...
    December 13, 2019, 5:31 am

    A number of schools from Seattle Public Schools and Vancouver Public Schools were forced to close to disinfect and clean because of the outbreak.



  • Britain?s Political Map Changes Color in Ways Few Could Imagine
    December 13, 2019, 12:24 am

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our†Brexit†Bulletin, follow us @Brexit†and†subscribe to our podcast.Towns in northern England share a history of mining, faded industry and neglect. For generations they also had another thing in common: staunch support for the Labour Party.From Workington on the west coast to Bishop Auckland and Blyth on the east, the dominoes fell as the results from the U.K. election rolled in through the small hours of Friday morning. The U.K.?s tortured efforts to leave the European Union redefined political tribes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson?s Conservatives took seats his party has never held before.Johnson declared the victory as ?historic.? That will be even more apparent in places where most voters have never known a Conservative lawmaker.Workington, where mines and steelworks shut years ago, last voted Conservative in 1976. Back then Britain was in the grip of an economic crisis. It turned back to the red of Labour three years later. On Thursday it voted Conservative by a margin of 10 percentage points.Bishop Auckland, in the mining area south of Newcastle, had never turned Tory blue in more than a century. Elsewhere, Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire elected a Conservative for the first time since the 1930s, as did swathes of the Midlands and Yorkshire. Labour?s so-called ?Red Wall? had fallen.Many of these former mining and steel towns endured mass unemployment under the Conservative governments of the 1980s. They then voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum amid a wave of anger at austerity, frustration over immigration and dismay at joblessness and lack of opportunity. Today, they are embracing the Tories in their determination to finally quit the EU. Backing for Brexit also comes with a rejection of the socialist promises of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who now says he will step down.In Scotland, Labour?s vote had already collapsed in the wake of the independence referendum in 2014. This time around the pro-independence Scottish National Party took the vast majority of districts again, even in some of the post-industrial regions that Labour had won back in 2017.In that election, the Conservatives planted a giant poster on a dilapidated building near the seafront in Redcar, a town in England?s northeast haunted by steelworks that finally collapsed a few years ago. The Tories had never won in Redcar, and failed in 2017 as well. But as people demanded their voice be heard over Brexit, the voters of Redcar did in 2019 as so many did across the north of England: They abandoned Labour -- and embraced Boris Johnson.To contact the reporter on this story: Rodney Jefferson in Edinburgh at r.jefferson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Heather Harris at hharris5@bloomberg.net, Adam Blenford, Alan CrawfordFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • Meghan McCain Confronts Tom Steyer: ?You Bought Your Way? Onto Debate Stage
    December 13, 2019, 10:30 am

    2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer got a warm welcome from every co-host of The View except one on Friday morning.†?Mr. Steyer, between you and Mayor Bloomberg, you have now spent $200 million on political ads,? Meghan McCain told their guest. ?It hasn't really helped you very much in the polls, but you did make it to the next debate stage. I think you bought your way there, and I don't think it's fair that you?re there and Cory Booker isn't. Change my mind.?†After letting out an uncomfortable chuckle, Steyer skirted the question by touting his message about a ?broken? government ?bought by corporations.? When the candidate pointed out that he has been spending time in the early primary states?unlike that other billionaire?McCain shot back, ?Cory Booker has too, who doesn't have $200 million.?†?I?m talking about breaking a corporate stranglehold on our government that is preventing it from acting on anything,? Steyer said. ?And no one can say that I have been purchased, but I also have 10 years of putting together coalitions like the people in this audience to stand up for our rights and to take on unchecked corporate power that has bought our government.?†?But it?s good you have $100 million to buy Facebook ads to get you on a debate stage,? McCain said, interrupting him. ?I?m completely unconvinced by this, but we can move on.?†Later in the segment, after Steyer vowed to help elect whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being and reminded the hosts that he started ?one of the biggest grassroots organizations in the United States,? McCain came back with, ?That doesn?t make you a good politician, with all due respect.?†?Mayor Bloomberg was mayor for three terms, and so if you?re going to go the billionaire route,? she continued, with a dramatic eye roll, ?he's a lot more compelling than you are.?†Meghan McCain: Greta Thunberg Didn?t ?Earn? Person of the YearRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



  • The 10 Best Tech Gadgets of 2019
    December 13, 2019, 12:58 pm



  • George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide
    December 12, 2019, 2:28 pm

    Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric within the Texas GOP, and ripped what he called false accusations fanned by his Hispanic heritage. Bush, Texas' land commissioner, first denounced a white GOP state legislator who suggested ?Asian" challengers on the ballot in 2020 were motivated by race.



FOX 5 San Diego

  • Did Democrats just help Trump win reelection?
    December 12, 2019, 9:05 am

    House Democrats have officially agreed to back a revised version of Trump?s new trade pact ≠? an announcement made just one hour after House Democratic leaders unveiled articles of impeachment against him.



  • Democrats say they won't cross picket line over union conflict at debate host...
    December 13, 2019, 4:09 pm

    A local union at Loyola Marymount University will picket at the university ahead of Thursday?s debate.



  • Bloomberg Vows to Finish Off Coal Plants: Campaign Update
    December 13, 2019, 8:30 am

    (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg wants to retire all remaining coal-fired electricity plants in the next decade and ?immediately? stop the construction of new gas facilities to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030.His campaign said he?s still developing a cost estimate for his climate plan as well as figuring out where to find the revenue for it. It?s the second policy plan he?s rolled out this week without a price tag or a plan to pay for it.The former New York mayor released a climate proposal on Friday near a closed coal-fired power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, where he helped launch a campaign in 2011 to retire almost 300 coal facilities so far. He has committed $500 million for a ?Beyond Carbon? campaign and said President Donald Trump ?refuses to lead on climate change, so the rest of us must.?Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.Bloomberg wants to reach net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century, which is in line with with plans released by front-runner Joe Biden and other leading candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. But it?s less aggressive than the 10-year timetable in the $93 trillion ?Green New Deal.? Like other Democratic candidates, Bloomberg seeks to end subsidies for fossil fuels, impose fossil-fuel moratoriums on federal lands, and achieve 100% clean energy ?as soon as humanly possible.?Bloomberg?s plan proposes more stringent limits on emissions and pollution to retire the remaining 251 coal plants. He said the regulation would also deter the building of new gas plants, though it?s unclear how quickly that could happen. Bloomberg would push Congress to expand solar and wind tax credits and enact new tax incentives for clean-energy technology.COMING UPJoe Biden will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for a community event on Friday afternoon.Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer will participate in a forum organized by 11 public education organizations in Pittsburgh on Saturday.Seven Democratic presidential candidates have so far qualified for the final debate of 2019 in Los Angeles on Dec. 19.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Niquette in Columbus at mniquette@bloomberg.net;Ari Natter in Washington at anatter5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Kevin WhitelawFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • Chile: Plane that vanished en route to Antarctica found
    December 12, 2019, 8:37 am

    Searchers combing Antarctic seas have recovered parts of a military transport plane and human remains belonging to some of the 38 people aboard who vanished en route to the frozen continent, Chilean officials said Thursday. Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino said at a news conference that based on the condition of the remains, he believed it would be ?practically impossible? that any survivors would be pulled from the water alive. An international team of searchers continued the hunt, while officials on shore said they would use DNA analysis to identify the crash victims.



  • Some 1,100 car shoppers said they'd rather buy an electric pickup truck from ...
    December 12, 2019, 10:35 am

    Tesla's Cybertruck may have a hard time converting Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado owners, but it might open up a new segment of the pickup market.



  • Rashida Tlaib deletes tweet falsely blaming Jersey City shooting on 'white su...
    December 12, 2019, 1:43 pm

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) deleted a tweet Thursday morning in which she falsely credited Tuesday's deadly shooting at a kosher deli in Jersey City, New Jersey to "white supremacy" when in fact, the suspected shooters were reportedly Black Hebrew Israelites.Tlaib deleted the post just minutes after it went up, but not before close observers were able to nab a screenshot. It didn't take long for the tweet to spread among influential political commentators, especially conservatives, like Dinesh D'Souza, who retweeted a post calling out the congresswoman's blunder.The shooting in the Jewish community in Jersey City left six people dead, including a police officer. Investigators say one of the suspects posted anti-Semitic and anti-police sentiment online, noted The Associated Press. Two of the civilian victims, Mindy Ferencz and Moshe Deutsch, were reportedly members of the Orthodox Jewish community in the neighborhood. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced on Wednesday that the massacre was a "hate crime" against Jews. Fulop stated there is reason to believe that the deli was a premeditated target, though investigators have not confirmed details about the suspects' motives.Tlaib has yet to comment in response to the called-out deleted tweet.More stories from theweek.com Trump's pathological obsession with being laughed at The most important day of the impeachment inquiry Jerry Falwell Jr.'s false gospel of memes



  • Taiwan Still Has a Giant World War II-Era Artillery Gun (Pointed at China)
    December 13, 2019, 1:49 am

    Could it fight?



  • Refinitiv created filter to block Reuters stories amid Hong Kong protests
    December 12, 2019, 2:01 pm

    As anti-government demonstrations engulfed Hong Kong in August, Reuters broke a sensitive story: Beijing had rejected a secret proposal by city leader Carrie Lam to meet several of the protesters? demands in a bid to defuse the unrest. The story buttressed a main claim of the protesters, that Beijing is intervening deeply in the affairs of the semi-autonomous city. A state-run newspaper denounced the story as ?fake? and ?shameful.? The article soon became unavailable in mainland China.



  • Russia said it was alarmed after the U.S. tested a ground-launched ballistic ...
    December 13, 2019, 8:16 am

    Russia said on Friday it was alarmed after the United States tested a ground-launched ballistic missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the RIA news agency reported.



  • For Gaetz to raise Hunter Biden's substance abuse is 'the pot calling the ket...
    December 12, 2019, 11:54 am

    The House Judiciary Committee debate over articles of impeachment against President Trump took an ugly turn Thursday when Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., brought up Hunter Biden?s past drug use.



  • Stomach flu outbreak terrorizes†school in Washington state,†sickening over 10...
    December 13, 2019, 5:31 am

    A number of schools from Seattle Public Schools and Vancouver Public Schools were forced to close to disinfect and clean because of the outbreak.



  • Britain?s Political Map Changes Color in Ways Few Could Imagine
    December 13, 2019, 12:24 am

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our†Brexit†Bulletin, follow us @Brexit†and†subscribe to our podcast.Towns in northern England share a history of mining, faded industry and neglect. For generations they also had another thing in common: staunch support for the Labour Party.From Workington on the west coast to Bishop Auckland and Blyth on the east, the dominoes fell as the results from the U.K. election rolled in through the small hours of Friday morning. The U.K.?s tortured efforts to leave the European Union redefined political tribes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson?s Conservatives took seats his party has never held before.Johnson declared the victory as ?historic.? That will be even more apparent in places where most voters have never known a Conservative lawmaker.Workington, where mines and steelworks shut years ago, last voted Conservative in 1976. Back then Britain was in the grip of an economic crisis. It turned back to the red of Labour three years later. On Thursday it voted Conservative by a margin of 10 percentage points.Bishop Auckland, in the mining area south of Newcastle, had never turned Tory blue in more than a century. Elsewhere, Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire elected a Conservative for the first time since the 1930s, as did swathes of the Midlands and Yorkshire. Labour?s so-called ?Red Wall? had fallen.Many of these former mining and steel towns endured mass unemployment under the Conservative governments of the 1980s. They then voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum amid a wave of anger at austerity, frustration over immigration and dismay at joblessness and lack of opportunity. Today, they are embracing the Tories in their determination to finally quit the EU. Backing for Brexit also comes with a rejection of the socialist promises of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who now says he will step down.In Scotland, Labour?s vote had already collapsed in the wake of the independence referendum in 2014. This time around the pro-independence Scottish National Party took the vast majority of districts again, even in some of the post-industrial regions that Labour had won back in 2017.In that election, the Conservatives planted a giant poster on a dilapidated building near the seafront in Redcar, a town in England?s northeast haunted by steelworks that finally collapsed a few years ago. The Tories had never won in Redcar, and failed in 2017 as well. But as people demanded their voice be heard over Brexit, the voters of Redcar did in 2019 as so many did across the north of England: They abandoned Labour -- and embraced Boris Johnson.To contact the reporter on this story: Rodney Jefferson in Edinburgh at r.jefferson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Heather Harris at hharris5@bloomberg.net, Adam Blenford, Alan CrawfordFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • Meghan McCain Confronts Tom Steyer: ?You Bought Your Way? Onto Debate Stage
    December 13, 2019, 10:30 am

    2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer got a warm welcome from every co-host of The View except one on Friday morning.†?Mr. Steyer, between you and Mayor Bloomberg, you have now spent $200 million on political ads,? Meghan McCain told their guest. ?It hasn't really helped you very much in the polls, but you did make it to the next debate stage. I think you bought your way there, and I don't think it's fair that you?re there and Cory Booker isn't. Change my mind.?†After letting out an uncomfortable chuckle, Steyer skirted the question by touting his message about a ?broken? government ?bought by corporations.? When the candidate pointed out that he has been spending time in the early primary states?unlike that other billionaire?McCain shot back, ?Cory Booker has too, who doesn't have $200 million.?†?I?m talking about breaking a corporate stranglehold on our government that is preventing it from acting on anything,? Steyer said. ?And no one can say that I have been purchased, but I also have 10 years of putting together coalitions like the people in this audience to stand up for our rights and to take on unchecked corporate power that has bought our government.?†?But it?s good you have $100 million to buy Facebook ads to get you on a debate stage,? McCain said, interrupting him. ?I?m completely unconvinced by this, but we can move on.?†Later in the segment, after Steyer vowed to help elect whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being and reminded the hosts that he started ?one of the biggest grassroots organizations in the United States,? McCain came back with, ?That doesn?t make you a good politician, with all due respect.?†?Mayor Bloomberg was mayor for three terms, and so if you?re going to go the billionaire route,? she continued, with a dramatic eye roll, ?he's a lot more compelling than you are.?†Meghan McCain: Greta Thunberg Didn?t ?Earn? Person of the YearRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



  • The 10 Best Tech Gadgets of 2019
    December 13, 2019, 12:58 pm



  • George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide
    December 12, 2019, 2:28 pm

    Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric within the Texas GOP, and ripped what he called false accusations fanned by his Hispanic heritage. Bush, Texas' land commissioner, first denounced a white GOP state legislator who suggested ?Asian" challengers on the ballot in 2020 were motivated by race.



Channel 8 San Diego

  • Did Democrats just help Trump win reelection?
    December 12, 2019, 9:05 am

    House Democrats have officially agreed to back a revised version of Trump?s new trade pact ≠? an announcement made just one hour after House Democratic leaders unveiled articles of impeachment against him.



  • Democrats say they won't cross picket line over union conflict at debate host...
    December 13, 2019, 4:09 pm

    A local union at Loyola Marymount University will picket at the university ahead of Thursday?s debate.



  • Bloomberg Vows to Finish Off Coal Plants: Campaign Update
    December 13, 2019, 8:30 am

    (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg wants to retire all remaining coal-fired electricity plants in the next decade and ?immediately? stop the construction of new gas facilities to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030.His campaign said he?s still developing a cost estimate for his climate plan as well as figuring out where to find the revenue for it. It?s the second policy plan he?s rolled out this week without a price tag or a plan to pay for it.The former New York mayor released a climate proposal on Friday near a closed coal-fired power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, where he helped launch a campaign in 2011 to retire almost 300 coal facilities so far. He has committed $500 million for a ?Beyond Carbon? campaign and said President Donald Trump ?refuses to lead on climate change, so the rest of us must.?Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.Bloomberg wants to reach net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century, which is in line with with plans released by front-runner Joe Biden and other leading candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. But it?s less aggressive than the 10-year timetable in the $93 trillion ?Green New Deal.? Like other Democratic candidates, Bloomberg seeks to end subsidies for fossil fuels, impose fossil-fuel moratoriums on federal lands, and achieve 100% clean energy ?as soon as humanly possible.?Bloomberg?s plan proposes more stringent limits on emissions and pollution to retire the remaining 251 coal plants. He said the regulation would also deter the building of new gas plants, though it?s unclear how quickly that could happen. Bloomberg would push Congress to expand solar and wind tax credits and enact new tax incentives for clean-energy technology.COMING UPJoe Biden will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for a community event on Friday afternoon.Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer will participate in a forum organized by 11 public education organizations in Pittsburgh on Saturday.Seven Democratic presidential candidates have so far qualified for the final debate of 2019 in Los Angeles on Dec. 19.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Niquette in Columbus at mniquette@bloomberg.net;Ari Natter in Washington at anatter5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Kevin WhitelawFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • Chile: Plane that vanished en route to Antarctica found
    December 12, 2019, 8:37 am

    Searchers combing Antarctic seas have recovered parts of a military transport plane and human remains belonging to some of the 38 people aboard who vanished en route to the frozen continent, Chilean officials said Thursday. Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino said at a news conference that based on the condition of the remains, he believed it would be ?practically impossible? that any survivors would be pulled from the water alive. An international team of searchers continued the hunt, while officials on shore said they would use DNA analysis to identify the crash victims.



  • Some 1,100 car shoppers said they'd rather buy an electric pickup truck from ...
    December 12, 2019, 10:35 am

    Tesla's Cybertruck may have a hard time converting Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado owners, but it might open up a new segment of the pickup market.



  • Rashida Tlaib deletes tweet falsely blaming Jersey City shooting on 'white su...
    December 12, 2019, 1:43 pm

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) deleted a tweet Thursday morning in which she falsely credited Tuesday's deadly shooting at a kosher deli in Jersey City, New Jersey to "white supremacy" when in fact, the suspected shooters were reportedly Black Hebrew Israelites.Tlaib deleted the post just minutes after it went up, but not before close observers were able to nab a screenshot. It didn't take long for the tweet to spread among influential political commentators, especially conservatives, like Dinesh D'Souza, who retweeted a post calling out the congresswoman's blunder.The shooting in the Jewish community in Jersey City left six people dead, including a police officer. Investigators say one of the suspects posted anti-Semitic and anti-police sentiment online, noted The Associated Press. Two of the civilian victims, Mindy Ferencz and Moshe Deutsch, were reportedly members of the Orthodox Jewish community in the neighborhood. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced on Wednesday that the massacre was a "hate crime" against Jews. Fulop stated there is reason to believe that the deli was a premeditated target, though investigators have not confirmed details about the suspects' motives.Tlaib has yet to comment in response to the called-out deleted tweet.More stories from theweek.com Trump's pathological obsession with being laughed at The most important day of the impeachment inquiry Jerry Falwell Jr.'s false gospel of memes



  • Taiwan Still Has a Giant World War II-Era Artillery Gun (Pointed at China)
    December 13, 2019, 1:49 am

    Could it fight?



  • Refinitiv created filter to block Reuters stories amid Hong Kong protests
    December 12, 2019, 2:01 pm

    As anti-government demonstrations engulfed Hong Kong in August, Reuters broke a sensitive story: Beijing had rejected a secret proposal by city leader Carrie Lam to meet several of the protesters? demands in a bid to defuse the unrest. The story buttressed a main claim of the protesters, that Beijing is intervening deeply in the affairs of the semi-autonomous city. A state-run newspaper denounced the story as ?fake? and ?shameful.? The article soon became unavailable in mainland China.



  • Russia said it was alarmed after the U.S. tested a ground-launched ballistic ...
    December 13, 2019, 8:16 am

    Russia said on Friday it was alarmed after the United States tested a ground-launched ballistic missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the RIA news agency reported.



  • For Gaetz to raise Hunter Biden's substance abuse is 'the pot calling the ket...
    December 12, 2019, 11:54 am

    The House Judiciary Committee debate over articles of impeachment against President Trump took an ugly turn Thursday when Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., brought up Hunter Biden?s past drug use.



  • Stomach flu outbreak terrorizes†school in Washington state,†sickening over 10...
    December 13, 2019, 5:31 am

    A number of schools from Seattle Public Schools and Vancouver Public Schools were forced to close to disinfect and clean because of the outbreak.



  • Britain?s Political Map Changes Color in Ways Few Could Imagine
    December 13, 2019, 12:24 am

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our†Brexit†Bulletin, follow us @Brexit†and†subscribe to our podcast.Towns in northern England share a history of mining, faded industry and neglect. For generations they also had another thing in common: staunch support for the Labour Party.From Workington on the west coast to Bishop Auckland and Blyth on the east, the dominoes fell as the results from the U.K. election rolled in through the small hours of Friday morning. The U.K.?s tortured efforts to leave the European Union redefined political tribes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson?s Conservatives took seats his party has never held before.Johnson declared the victory as ?historic.? That will be even more apparent in places where most voters have never known a Conservative lawmaker.Workington, where mines and steelworks shut years ago, last voted Conservative in 1976. Back then Britain was in the grip of an economic crisis. It turned back to the red of Labour three years later. On Thursday it voted Conservative by a margin of 10 percentage points.Bishop Auckland, in the mining area south of Newcastle, had never turned Tory blue in more than a century. Elsewhere, Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire elected a Conservative for the first time since the 1930s, as did swathes of the Midlands and Yorkshire. Labour?s so-called ?Red Wall? had fallen.Many of these former mining and steel towns endured mass unemployment under the Conservative governments of the 1980s. They then voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum amid a wave of anger at austerity, frustration over immigration and dismay at joblessness and lack of opportunity. Today, they are embracing the Tories in their determination to finally quit the EU. Backing for Brexit also comes with a rejection of the socialist promises of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who now says he will step down.In Scotland, Labour?s vote had already collapsed in the wake of the independence referendum in 2014. This time around the pro-independence Scottish National Party took the vast majority of districts again, even in some of the post-industrial regions that Labour had won back in 2017.In that election, the Conservatives planted a giant poster on a dilapidated building near the seafront in Redcar, a town in England?s northeast haunted by steelworks that finally collapsed a few years ago. The Tories had never won in Redcar, and failed in 2017 as well. But as people demanded their voice be heard over Brexit, the voters of Redcar did in 2019 as so many did across the north of England: They abandoned Labour -- and embraced Boris Johnson.To contact the reporter on this story: Rodney Jefferson in Edinburgh at r.jefferson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Heather Harris at hharris5@bloomberg.net, Adam Blenford, Alan CrawfordFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • Meghan McCain Confronts Tom Steyer: ?You Bought Your Way? Onto Debate Stage
    December 13, 2019, 10:30 am

    2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer got a warm welcome from every co-host of The View except one on Friday morning.†?Mr. Steyer, between you and Mayor Bloomberg, you have now spent $200 million on political ads,? Meghan McCain told their guest. ?It hasn't really helped you very much in the polls, but you did make it to the next debate stage. I think you bought your way there, and I don't think it's fair that you?re there and Cory Booker isn't. Change my mind.?†After letting out an uncomfortable chuckle, Steyer skirted the question by touting his message about a ?broken? government ?bought by corporations.? When the candidate pointed out that he has been spending time in the early primary states?unlike that other billionaire?McCain shot back, ?Cory Booker has too, who doesn't have $200 million.?†?I?m talking about breaking a corporate stranglehold on our government that is preventing it from acting on anything,? Steyer said. ?And no one can say that I have been purchased, but I also have 10 years of putting together coalitions like the people in this audience to stand up for our rights and to take on unchecked corporate power that has bought our government.?†?But it?s good you have $100 million to buy Facebook ads to get you on a debate stage,? McCain said, interrupting him. ?I?m completely unconvinced by this, but we can move on.?†Later in the segment, after Steyer vowed to help elect whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being and reminded the hosts that he started ?one of the biggest grassroots organizations in the United States,? McCain came back with, ?That doesn?t make you a good politician, with all due respect.?†?Mayor Bloomberg was mayor for three terms, and so if you?re going to go the billionaire route,? she continued, with a dramatic eye roll, ?he's a lot more compelling than you are.?†Meghan McCain: Greta Thunberg Didn?t ?Earn? Person of the YearRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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  • George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide
    December 12, 2019, 2:28 pm

    Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric within the Texas GOP, and ripped what he called false accusations fanned by his Hispanic heritage. Bush, Texas' land commissioner, first denounced a white GOP state legislator who suggested ?Asian" challengers on the ballot in 2020 were motivated by race.



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