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Trump's relationship with Chuck Schumer takes center stage
Alex Wong/Getty Images The most intriguing relationship in Washington is finally getting interesting. President Donald Trump's decision to shun his own party and strike a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi surprised both Democrats and Republicans. The trio made an agreement to tack on a three-month suspension of the federal debt ceiling — and a continuing resolution to fund the government through early December — to a bill that would also include money for Hurricane Harvey relief. That agreement, which was reached between the three during a White House meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, flew in the face of what House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were advocating for, though McConnell later said Democrats were too quick to celebrate. It also brought to the forefront that aforementioned relationship between Schumer and Trump. It was a relationship many were curious to see play out following Trump's shocking victory last fall. As The Washington Post noted in November, "the dynamic to watch" play out in the Senate "could actually be between Trump, the self-described master negotiator," McConnell, and Schumer. Shortly after his victory, Trump praised Schumer, a fellow outer-borough New Yorker, as someone with whom he "had a good relationship," saying he is "far smarter" than the man he was succeeding as Senate minority leader, Harry Reid. "He is far smarter than Harry R and has the ability to get things done," Trump tweeted. "Good news!" It wasn't the only time last year Trump talked up his ability to work with Schumer. Last January, Trump told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that, if elected, he would "be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer." "I was always very good with Schumer," Trump said. "I was close to Schumer in many ways." One way, at least on paper, happened to be Trump's past donations to Schumer's campaigns. Schumer happened to be the sitting member of Congress that Trump personally donated the most money to, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Over the past three decades, Trump donated roughly $9,000 directly to the New York Democrat's campaign. Three of Trump's children — Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka — donated a combined $6,800 to Schumer. Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband and a White House senior adviser, donated $4,000 to Schumer. "I mean, I've contributed to Schumer, I contribute — I've known Schumer for many, many years," Trump said last year. "And I have a good relationship with him. The fact is, that I think it is time maybe that we all do get along." And at last year's Al Smith dinner in New York, Trump joked that Schumer "used to love me when I was a Democrat." Evan Vucci/AP Images For his part, Schumer has worked to downplay any appearance of a relationship between the two. But going into the Trump presidency, he did leave the door open to making deals on issues where Democrats found themselves closer to Trump's outlook than they did congressional Republicans. "He was not my friend," Schumer told Politico last fall following Trump's election. "We never went golfing together, even had a meal together. He's called me, we've had civil conversations a couple of times. But I've got to see what he does." "When we can agree on issues, then we're going to work with them," Schumer said last fall. "But I've also said to the president-elect on issues where we disagree, you can expect a strong and tough fight." That tough fight is exactly what ended up happening. Instead of starting his presidency working on a campaign pledge such as increased infrastructure spending, an area where he could find common ground with Schumer and Democrats, Trump's first legislative item was replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement. Schumer found himself among those leading the Democratic Party's opposition to the Republican healthcare effort, which eventually failed in the Senate and was subsequently quashed. Schumer too was outspoken about the multiple ongoing investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. At least one of those investigations is probing whether members of the Trump campaign worked with Russian officials to influence the election. And Schumer was at the frontlines of battles against Trump's travel ban, his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and, more recently, in denouncing the president's comments on the racist attacks and white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. Within the first few days of the Trump presidency, it became clear that any possible working relationship between the two would be virtually non-existent. "I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with the fake tears," Trump told reporters in January about a video of Schumer tearing up alongside Muslim refugees as he was denouncing the president's travel ban. "I'm going to ask him who was his acting coach, because I know him very well. I don't see him as a crier." "If he is, he's a different man," he continued. "There's about a 5% chance it was real. But I think they were fake tears."  But that all appeared to take a turn — however brief it may be — with last week's deal. In its aftermath, Trump was speaking in glowing terms about the deal and his partners in it, "Chuck" and "Nancy." He told reporters that he thinks "you are going to see a much stronger coming together," and that the deal signaled that more bipartisan action could be on the way. "I think we will have a different relationship than we've been watching over the last number of years. I hope so," Trump said. "I think that's what the people of the United States want to see. They want to see some dialogue." Trump too appeared to bask in the coverage of the deal, which was given positive reviews in both pro-Trump and mainstream outlets. As Schumer told The New York Times, Trump called him to boast of the deal's reception in the press. "He said, 'This was so great!'" Schumer said. "Here's what he said: 'Do you watch Fox News?' I said, 'Not really.' 'They're praising you!' Meaning me. But he said, 'And your stations' — I guess meaning MSNBC and CNN — 'are praising me! This is great!'" Highlighting Trump's sentiment regarding the cable coverage, Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic staffer who was a top spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, told Business Insider that the deal itself hasn't changed much in the relationship between Trump, Schumer, and other Democratic leaders. "In the end, Donald Trump doesn't have an allegiance with anyone other than Donald Trump's ego," he said. "So, if you want to get something, this deal is the latest proof that if you want to get Donald Trump to do something, show him that he will be praised on cable news for it, and he will do it." "That's always been the reality of Trump," he continued. "And so I think what is going forward, it's a reminder that the legislative strategy focused on the policy merits is never the way to win this White House's support. A legislative strategy focused on throwing a ticker-tape parade for the president is far more likely to be successful." But Ferguson said he continues to "hold out hope" that Trump will be able to work with Democrats to pass a massive infrastructure passage, something that could be a product of a productive Trump-Schumer relationship. "Democrats will get to create jobs and rebuild America's infrastructure, and we'll just have to let every bridge and every road be named after Donald Trump in order to get it passed," he said. "I don't think that's anything new. That's been true the whole time." Alex Wong/Getty Images At an Oval Office meeting with New York and New Jersey leaders the day after the surprise deal was struck, Schumer and Trump engaged in what longtime Republican Rep. Peter King of New York described as "a love-in." "He and Chuck — both of them would interrupt each other at times — and they'd go back and forth and Chuck would say something and smile and the president would look at him and smile," King told CNN. "This went on for the whole — let's say the meeting was around 40 minutes or so? It was almost like a love-in at times." Calling the deal "a good moment" that he would like to see continue, Schumer joked that he believed Trump was "a little tired of the partisanship, too, even though frankly he caused some of it." Speaking to the Times, Schumer said the White House may be "learning, either instinctively or intellectually, that just embracing the hard right isn't going to get them very far." Many Republicans, particularly strong supporters of Trump, have framed the deal as a "warning shot" at Republican leadership. Trump, they say, is tired of nothing getting done, and this deal provided him with the chance to both get something through Congress and send a message to his team. "It will serve as a warning shot," Barry Bennett, a Trump campaign adviser, told Business Insider. "Pursuit of perfection is not an excuse for failure. Congress had an 8% approval rating even including their friends and families. We are in charge of everything. We best figure out how to drive." Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist and president of the Potomac Strategy Group, told Business Insider that the "unpredictable" Trump's "recent alliance with Schumer was born more of a desire to get a win than to achieve a specific policy victory." He noted that the three-month delay on the debt ceiling and the spending bill "will be quickly forgotten." "What matters is the end game in December," he said. "Trump thinks this deal was good for him and now I suspect Schumer and Pelosi are proposing other deals. The details matter and the President needs to focus on the specifics or his coalition will fracture. Congressional Republicans were forced to swallow this recent deal due to the inclusion of the Harvey relief money, but there is no guarantee they will sit on their hands the next time, particularly if the deal is a policy loser for conservatives."  And Democrats aren't all dancing as a result of the agreement.  "President Trump is transactional, capricious, and terrified of failure – he's both manipulative and vulnerable to manipulation," Jesse Lehrich, a Democratic operative who worked as a Clinton campaign spokesperson, told Business Insider. "There's no reason leaders Schumer and Pelosi shouldn't continue looking for areas where they can work with the president, but they should proceed with great caution and distrust." "This is a man who sees in others nothing more than temporary utility, and he takes joy in publicly humiliating those who no longer serve a purpose for him, especially if he feels they've wronged him," he continued. But as Schumer acknowledged, the pair do have their New York roots to fall back on in any setting, something that some believe gives the Democratic leader a leg up on Ryan and McConnell when all are in the process of negotiating with Trump. "The one thing we have is we're New Yorkers," Schumer told the Times. "We're pretty direct, and we talk right at each other." Ferguson, however, thinks that aspect is oversold. "Relating with Donald Trump is much more about ego than accents," he said. "I don't think it matters whether you're talking in a Kentucky, a midwest, or a New York accent — if Mitch McConnell offered to rename the RNC building after Donald Trump, the president would suddenly be far happier with Mitch McConnell's leadership."NOW WATCH: Putin's controversial bridge to connect Russia to annexed Crimea will be the longest in Russian history
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Hurricane Irma aftermath: Floridians without flood insurance face astronomical bills
FEMA criticized for doing a poor job of ensuring those homeowners mandated to carry flood insurance are doing so.        
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Wednesday briefing: 'I pray she's already dead'
Mexico earthquake kills more than 140 … Boris says he’s not going anywhere … Russia accuses Armando Iannucci of destabilising countryGood morning to you all, Graham Russell here with a morning brief that could, in all honesty, be twice as long and still not get in all the big news stories happening right now. Continue reading...
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England defender Bassett signs for Australian club
England defender Laura Bassett joins Australian W-League club Canberra United.
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Wood helps lift Padres over D'backs, 6-2
Wood lifts Padres past the Diamondbacks 6-2 with his arm and his bat        
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Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.   
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Hurricane Maria Evacuees Arrive in South Florida
People evacuating from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ahead of Hurricane Maria flew to south Florida on Tuesday. Maria is forecast to move over the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday night and Puerto Rico on Wednesday. (Sept. 20)        
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Report: Amazon is working on Alexa-powered smart glasses
The Financial Times reports that Amazon is embarking on a difficult journey: it’s developing smart glasses that tether to your phone and allow you to invoke and interact with the company’s Alexa voice assistant. It isn’t clear exactly why they have to be glasses, since Alexa primarily listens for voice commands and responds vocally as well. The glasses are said to have a bone-conduction audio system built-in, so you don’t have to wear earphones to hear Alexa – but what’s the eyewear for? It’s possible that the spectacles will function like Google Glass, displaying information related to your queries in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon
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Promise Technology's 'Apollo' Personal Cloud Storage Device Supports iOS 11 Files App
Promise Technology's recently released Apollo Cloud 2 Duo storage device is able to interface with the iOS 11 Files app thanks to a new update that was introduced to the accompanying Apollo Cloud iOS app today. The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo is a personal cloud storage solution designed to give families and small businesses the cloud's ease of use with the security of local storage. The network-attached storage device offers 8TB of storage space and is accessed through a home Wi-Fi setup. Mac and iOS apps allow users to interface with the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo from Macs and iOS devices, and when used with an iPhone or iPad, files stored on the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo can be easily transferred to and from the new Files app available in iOS 11. On an iPad, Drag and Drop is also supported, so managing files from an iOS device is easier than ever. Other Apollo Cloud 2 Duo features include a quick camera roll backup tool to save your photos from iOS devices, built-in albums with facial recognition for organizing those photos, Time Machine support for Mac backups, and selective sync, for syncing specific folders on your Mac right to the Apollo. Because the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo connects to a home Wi-Fi network, there are no monthly storage fees. Along with today's app update, the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo also became available for purchase in Apple retail stores. The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo is available for $449 from Apple or directly from Promise Technology.Tags: Promise Technology, Apollo Discuss this article in our forums
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Wells Fargo's lone outsider aims to clean up bank's reputation
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before a sales scandal upended its reputation, Wells Fargo & Co was something of a proud outsider in Washington and on Wall Street compared to its big bank peers.
Norway's sovereign wealth fund is now worth a trillion US dollars
ReutersThe sovereign wealth fund of Norway, officially known as the Government Pension Fund of Norway, is the largest in the world. It allocates the country’s vast oil wealth into bonds, stocks, and to a growing extent, property. It is known to be able to move entire asset markets by its investment decisions. Yesterday, the fund’s total value surpassed one trillion US dollars for the first time. “On Tuesday 19 September 2017 at 02:01 CET, the fund value hit $1,000,000,000,000, or 1 trillion dollar, for the first time,” the fund said in a press release. “Reaching 1 trillion dollars is a milestone, and the growth in the fund’s market value has been stunning,” said Yngve Slyngstad, Chief Executive of Norges Bank Investment Management, the central bank arm that manages the fund. Created on the back of the country’s vast oil wealth to provide its citizens with pensions, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund today owns around 1.3 per cent of the world’s entire listed equity. Among its largest holdings are corporates including Alphabet, Facebook and Roche. This post first appeared on Business Insider Nordics. See the original article. Copyright 2017.NOW WATCH: Here's what makes tech stocks today different from the tech bubble
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China offers support for strife-torn Venezuela at United Nations
BEIJING (Reuters) - China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations.
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How $5 billion of debt caught up with Toys 'R' Us
Sept 20 (Reuters) - Toys "R" Us Inc has been making $400 million in interest payments on its debt every year, largely due to its $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005. This week, it succumbed to its debt burden, leading to the biggest bankruptcy of a U.S. retailer since that of Kmart in 2004.
High school sparks backlash with mock slavery lesson
A California high school is facing a backlash after administering an interactive mock slavery lesson to students. In the activity at Whitney High School, 8th grade students played the part of slaves, with their hands bound with masking tape, CBS Los Angeles reported. The teachers played the part of the slave ship captains. An explainer...
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At least 20 kids dead after quake collapses Mexican school
At least 20 children died in a school that collapsed during the devastating earthquake in Mexico, authorities said Tuesday night. President Enrique Pena Nieto said 22 bodies were found, including two adults, at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City. In his remarks, made on Financiero TV, Pena Nieto said that 30 more children...
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Twitter lurkers will love its new Popular Articles feature
In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users – and presumably, folks who don’t tweet much – Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about. BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles’ header in the Explore tab on Twitter’s mobile app today. In addition to articles that your network is engaging with, you’ll also see stories that are gaining steam among users in your area. Twitter has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to Android and iOS, but it might… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter
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Twitter removed 299,649 accounts tied to terrorism in the first half of 2017
(Reuters) — Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down. U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook Inc, and Alphabet Inc’s Google to fight harder […]
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Oculus tweaks VR audio to seem closer and more realistic
Audio can be just as important as visuals if you want to make true-to-life VR experiences. That's why Oculus has introduced changes to the Rift SDK that give developers the power to make spatial audio as realistic as possible. One of the features the...
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Magic Johnson Subpoenaed to Testify in Draymond Green Lawsuit
Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has reportedly been subpoenaed as a witness in a lawsuit filed against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. Citing court documents, the Mercury News' David DeBolt reported Tuesday that legal representatives for former Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson "want to question Johnson about a tweet he posted following the incident outside a Michigan restaurant." The tweet, which was sent in July 2016, referenced a conversation Johnson and Green had after the two-time NBA champion was arrested in East Lansing, Michigan, for allegedly assaulting Edmondson. Green, who was initially charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, later reached a plea deal and paid a $560 noise violation to avoid jail time. Edmondson and his girlfriend, Bianca Williams, are now suing Green for assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress, per DeBolt. Johnson is expected to provide a deposition to the plaintiff's attorneys Oct. 4 at the Lakers practice facility.
Jimmy Kimmel on health care bill: Sen. Cassidy lied 'right to my face'
Jimmy Kimmel didn't pull any punches when it came to the Senate's new health care bill and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, saying that Cassidy lied "right to my face." - RSS Channel
Trump’s hard-hitting UN speech gets mixed reception from world leaders
President Trump delivered a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea if it does not abandon its nuclear-weapons program — prompting gasps from the audience. Again mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man,” Trump warned that the despot is risking doomsday for his nation’s 25 million...
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Rangers rookie looking to clear language hurdle
The Rangers knew that speaking and understanding English was going to be a hurdle for Filip Chytil, their second first-round pick (the 21st overall) in this year’s draft. But it has turned out to be a larger hurdle for the 18-year-old from the Czech Republic than first anticipated. Just a few days ago, coach Alain...
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Trump Takes to Twitter to Pan the Emmy Ratings
Politics dominated the awards event, and on Tuesday, the president tweeted that he “was saddened to see how bad the ratings were.”
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Jimmy Kimmel: Sen. Cassidy lied 'right to my face'
Jimmy Kimmel spoke about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill during his ABC show on Tuesday night.
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Jerk Humans Immediately Shoot First Wild Bison Seen in Germany for Over 250 Years
The World Wildlife Fund said on Friday it will be pursuing charges against a local official who, upon receiving a report of the first sighting of a wild bison in Germany in over 250 years, promptly ordered hunters to shoot the animal dead.Read more...
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Strong quake near Mexico City kills almost 150, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 149.
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Buildings on Puerto Rico unable to withstand Category 5 storms: Expert
Many residences in Puerto Rico are built to withstand 125 mph winds, if that.
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Trump takes a jab at the Emmys after threatening to 'destroy North Korea' in first UN speech
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesTwo days after celebrities threw verbal jabs at President Donald Trump during the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Trump fired back at his critics with a tweet. "I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night - the worst ever," Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening. "Smartest people of them all are the "DEPLORABLES," Trump said, referencing a term Hillary Clinton used to describe some of Trump's supporters during the contentious 2016 election. Though the 2017 Emmys ratings were not "the worst ever" as Trump described, they averaged 11.4 million viewers, about 100,000 more than in 2016 — the show's all-time low, according to Variety.  During the awards Sunday night, Trump bore the brunt of several jokes made by its host, comedian Stephen Colbert and several other celebrities who won awards that night. "Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote," Colbert joked at one point, referring to the results of the US presidential election. Trump's comments about the Emmys came just hours after he delivered a fiery speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in which he threatened the US could "totally destroy North Korea" if its nuclear aggressions continue.NOW WATCH: Here's where the most hate crimes occur in the US — it’s not where you think
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Myanmar's Suu Kyi denies going 'soft' on military
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.
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Before Wisconsin, Foxconn Vowed Big Spending in Brazil. Few Jobs Have Come.
The Taiwanese company’s manufacturing model has not translated easily to other countries, where it faces different social, political and labor conditions.
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Why a World-Famous Art Exhibition Needed a Government Bailout
Documenta, the German contemporary art exhibition that some view as the world’s most important, ran into financial trouble when it expanded to Greece.
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When Male Ducks Hang Out Together Their Dicks Get Longer
Male ducks have some of the weirdest junk in nature—a ludicrously long, corkscrew-shaped member that evolved on account of an ongoing battle of the sexes. New research shows that the social environment in which the male duck finds himself in has a pronounced effect on the length of his penis, a finding that may…Read more...
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At Italian Vogue, a New Beginning
When Emanuele Farneti was named editor, the fashion world was shocked. Now he’s ready for his close-up.
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Yankees thump Twins again to close in on wild-card spot
When the Yankees batted in the sixth inning Tuesday night against a parade of mediocre Twins pitchers, they couldn’t have missed the news from Baltimore that the Red Sox had beaten the Orioles in extra innings for the second straight evening. If it wasn’t spreading in the home dugout, the result was in lights on...
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Toshiba selects Bain group as buyer of its memory chip business: sources
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp has selected a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital to buy its prized memory chip unit, three people with knowledge of the talks said on Wednesday, the latest dramatic twist to a highly contentious auction.
City officials powerless to stop reckless charter-bus companies
The city is powerless to stop unsafe charter-bus companies like the one implicated in Monday’s deadly crash in Queens — leaving local officials at the mercy of the federal government, lawmakers said Tuesday. Dahlia Group — which owns the bus and hired the driver who slammed into a Q20 bus Monday in Flushing, killing three...
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Thank you Jimmy Kimmel for slamming the GOP's new health care bill
Once again, Jimmy Kimmel is slamming Republican lawmakers over healthcare.  This time he's attacking the Graham-Cassidy bill, proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Cassidy actually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May after the talk show host's emotional speech about his son's heart surgery.  The senator promised that he'd only support a bill that passed the "Jimmy Kimmel test" — meaning that it would guarantee coverage for kids like Kimmel's son, born with congenital heart disease.  SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel destroys the disgusting commentators who criticized his health care plea Read more...More about Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gop, Healthcare, Jimmy Kimmel, and Republicans
Airbus opens China A330 plant amid market push
TIANJIN (Reuters) - Airbus SE on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world's fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm's profitable but ageing wide-body jets.
Professor offers students extra credit for examples of ‘white privilege’
A professor at San Diego State University offered extra credit to her students for filling out a “White Privilege Checklist” ― which provided “examples” of ways people are privileged “because they are white.” “Please read the list and place a check next to the privileges that apply to you or that you have encountered,” instructed...
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One of USC's best options at receiver isn't actually a receiver
USC’s coaches thought Texas had sniffed out their play call on the Trojans’ final drive of regulation on Saturday. The plan was for Sam Darnold to throw a pass up the middle of the field to Velus Jones Jr., a slot receiver that USC had lined up as a running back in hopes of a favorable matchup....
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Kasey Kahne lands 2018 NASCAR ride, signs with Leavine Family Racing
Kasey Kahne will replace Michael McDowell as driver of the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 car. Kasey Kahne is the latest big-name free agent to solidify his 2018 plans, announcing he will join Leavine Family Racing next season to replace Michael McDowell as driver of the No. 95 Chevrolet. The 37-year-old Kahne is losing is spot with Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season despite having a year remaining on his contract. Kahne’s largely underwhelmed during tenure with Hendrick going 102 races between wins before winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Kahne is joining a middle-class, single-car team, a dramatic change from the four-car Hendrick team that is regarded as one of NASCAR’s best organizations. LFR was founded in 2011, but didn’t begin running fulltime until last season and is winless in 139 Monster Energy Cup Series starts. “I want to thank Leavine Family Racing for this opportunity and will work as hard as possible to help them continue improving,” Kahne said. “I am ready for this challenge and look forward to making a fresh start.” McDowell and LFR have shown marked improvement this season, with McDowell recording 13 finishes of 20th or better -- compared to nine in 2016 -- including a career-best fourth in the July race at Daytona International Speedway. The team currently sits 26th in the owner standing, four spots higher than the year before. Despite the increased performance, team owner Bob Leavine said Kahne gives the team a driver who’s shown he can win at NASCAR’s top level in addition to someone it can market to potential sponsors. Kahne has won 18 races in a 14-year career and qualified for the playoffs six times. He is currently ranked 15th in the 16-driver playoff field, coming off a 21st-place finish in the postseason opener Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. “We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level,” Leavine said. “This deals partially with performance, because obviously, Kasey is a playoff-caliber driver. He has a wealth of information being with a larger organization like Hendrick Motorsports, and we think that will help us. We also look at this as an opportunity for marketing to be able to sell sponsorship. “Overall, we think Kasey is a good fit and felt we needed a change. There is absolutely nothing that Michael did, it was just a matter of us having to make some changes to help us move up the ladder and be a factor in the playoffs. I know Kasey will bring things that will help us.” Why it matters: Although a high-profile driver, there was uncertainty whether Kahne would find a ride to continue racing in Cup. And while LFR isn’t an upper-echelon team, it does provide him a good opportunity to rebound after an uneven five-year stint with Hendrick. Kahne moving out of the spotlight that comes with be a Hendrick driver spotlight and getting the chance to rejuvenate his career unfortunately comes at the expense of McDowell, whose average finish is only 1.6 positions higher than Kahne this season. McDowell’s options to remain in Cup are suspect, unless he can find sponsorship to bring to another mid-size team.
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Jimmy Kimmel takes on GOPers new health care bill in scathing opening monologue
He saved particular score for Senator Cassidy.
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Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger Are Returning for the New Terminator Film
Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are both returning for the sixth Terminator film. James Cameron, who made the first two films, is producing, with Tim Miller (Deadpool) directing.Read more...
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Lowrie's slam helps A's rally from 4 down, beat Tigers 9-8
Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam against Alex Wilson, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8        
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Nets GM’s legacy hinges on D’Angelo Russell
Nets general manager Sean Marks admits D’Angelo Russell has to become a better defender and a better leader. Whether the enigmatic young point guard actually can do so likely will determine the Nets’ rebuild — and Marks’ legacy. “We’ve had candid conversations with D’Angelo, like we’ve had with all of our guys,’’ Marks said Tuesday....
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Buffett calls pessimists about United States 'out of their mind'
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uncertainty about how the United States will cope with growing tumult in the world has not dampened Warren Buffett's optimism for the country's prospects over the long term -- even 100 years into the future.
Talkative Tennessee back John Kelly leads SEC in rushing
Talkative Tennessee running back John Kelly leads SEC in rushing        
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