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Kim Kardashian charged by SEC over alleged ‘pump and dump’ crypto scheme
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Monday that it has charged the reality television star and social media influencer.
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Kim Kardashian charged by SEC over posts about crypto
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In new poll, challenger Robert Luna has lead over L.A. County Sheriff Villanueva
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The Times podcast: The sketchy test sending moms to prison
There's this 400-year-old forensic test that scientists have long warned is unreliable when it comes to determining whether a baby was born dead or alive. So why is it still being used in many parts of Latin America?
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Novice Republican or Democrat embroiled in controversy? Voters to pick next insurance commissioner
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Republican Dahle is likable, level-headed and highly respected. But he won't win California governor
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More aid but no solutions for owners at crumbling D.C. condo building
Nearly all of the homeowners at the Talbert St., building in Anacostia are Black women and first-time homebuyers who received loans through the city’s Home Purchase Assistance Program.
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The biggest victim of the great California water crisis isn't cities or farmers
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What my son with Down syndrome taught me about baseball -- and life
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Bird flu spreads to Southern California, infecting chickens, wild birds and other animals
A highly infectious bird flu that has felled millions of birds globally is in California. Experts worry it could affect our food supply.
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'I swallowed abuse for so long': Constance Wu won't be silenced about 'Fresh Off the Boat'
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The Supreme Court's new term could be historic. Remember that 'legitimacy' works both ways.
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We Must Protect Our Democracy | Opinion
The Senate Rules Committee and the bi-partisan 16 member Senate Working Group have made excellent starts on legislation to ensure our democracy's survival.
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Charity vs. Solidarity: A Genuine Commitment to Diverse Storytelling | Opinion
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The global elite have forgotten Jamal Khashoggi’s murder
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh on October 24, 2017. | Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images Four years later, the Saudi crown prince is back in the fold. Jared Kushner did not want to talk about Jamal Khashoggi. I spotted him in the audience in late September at a conference hosted by an offshoot of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Future Investment Initiative Institute. It was at a boutique hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, filled with investors, nonprofit leaders, and thought leaders. When I asked Kushner to comment about Khashoggi — the journalist whom the CIA determined that Saudi agents had tortured and killed while Kushner was serving in his father-in-law’s White House — he walked away from me. Kushner’s response was in keeping with the conference’s mission.With such a long, convoluted name, the FII Institute as an organization seems to be banking on reframing the conversation away from Saudi Arabia as part of a global rebrand and PR push. None of the flyers, banners, or name tags mention the repressive kingdom by name. But make no mistake: This think tank focused on the future is powered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, or MBS as he is known. In 2018, just weeks after Khashoggi’s killing, the businesspeople who attended the summit’s edition in the Saudi capital — nicknamed Davos in the Desert — shielded their name badges from view with their ties. It was still considered shameful to be associated with MBS. Four years later, the rehabilitation of the Saudi crown prince is complete. President Joe Biden, after pledging on the 2020 campaign trail to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah,” capitulated and traveled to the country in July, in a visit that gave MBS the legitimacy he craves. The US has been sending huge amounts of weapons to the kingdom. And the grave human rights concerns do appear in summaries of the leaders of the US and Saudi Arabia but hardly rise to the level of a top priority for Biden’s foreign policy team. The Biden administration didn’t send any representatives to the FII Institute summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week. But in October 2021, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves joined Davos in the Desert in Riyadh alongside BlackRock, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, and CNN. The conversations at the Manhattan summit were centered on the future — largely the climate crisis and technological advances — without any recognition of the political repression in Saudi Arabia that was inadvertently supporting the gathering. Greenwashing has advanced MBS’s return into the fold. Richard Attias, CEO of the FII institute who previously worked as the executive producer of the World Economic Summit in Davos, said he was proud of the conference’s “unique platform” for discussing global challenges and bringing together diverse influencers. “We don’t mix at all any political issues with what we are doing,” he told me. “So there is no reason for us to be impacted by any other drama happening.” The drama he was referencing in euphemism: Khashoggi’s murder. Those willing to support Saudi’s rehabilitation From the perspective of investors, the money in Saudi Arabia is too big to ignore. The FII Institute called the New York gathering the Priority Conference, and it centered on the release of a 13-country survey of 130,000 respondents’ attitudes that the institute says represents half of the world’s population. The institute asked them: What’s your top priority? It’s an incredible feat of denial done in the service of reframing the conversation away from politics and rights. Of course, one might imagine that many people’s top priority is to live freely and not be murdered. MBS wasn’t in attendance, and he didn’t come to New York for the United Nations — perhaps because the FII Institute conference would operate more smoothly without him there; perhaps because he would only come to the US if it was paired with a White House invitation, which is apparently not on offer from Biden; and more likely because there are several court cases against him. (In a cabinet reshuffle last month, MBS’s father, the king, did make MBS Saudi’s prime minister, which may provide him immunity from a Khashoggi lawsuit.) Instead, the Saudi ambassador to the US, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, provided a video. And Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih said all too clearly, “My message to investors everywhere, is you don’t know what you’re missing until you come to Saudi Arabia.” Kushner attended the first session with the head of the FII’s parent Public Investment Fund, Yasir Al-Rumayyan. The Saudi PIF, according to the New York Times, provided $2 billion to Kushner’s investment firm Affinity Partners, which raises major conflict of interest questions. Al-Rumayyan was in conversation with former University of Pennsylvania president Judith Rodin, who declined an interview with Vox. But a quote of hers that was posted on the FII’s social media resonated with me in terms of the dissonance between Saudi Arabia under MBS and the new recovery of his reputation. “How do we grow and thrive if crisis falls?” Rodin said. “Rather than trying to go back to normal, because normal often has features of what got you into problems in the first place.” It was an incomplete sentence that summed up the new Saudi reality. Saudi Arabia, with its money, retains incredible convening power. Throughout the day we heard from former Trump official and current Goldman executive Dina Powell McCormick, economist Nouriel Roubini, crypto billionaire and philanthropist Sam Bankman-Fried, Nobel Laureate Paul Romer, and prominent think tank leader Michael Milken. There was an optimism for reform in Saudi Arabia despite all the indicators that suggest otherwise. Irina Bokova, the former director general of UNESCO, told me she has been visiting Saudi Arabia since 2008 and is impressed by MBS’s investments in cultural rejuvenation. “I think that the country transforms from the inside, and it doesn’t happen overnight. So I thought it’s very important to support, you know, this type of openness to change,” she said. But the conference’s theme around environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments showed that the world’s technocrats would be willing to come out. “Getting to meet, for example, the head of ESG at HSBC is something that was really meaningful for us,” Daniel Kleinman, founder of the Miami-based startup community Seaworthy Collective, told me. “As we look, especially, at these problems that need to be solved, especially on climate, we don’t necessarily have the time to pay [attention to] where the money is coming from as much as what impact it is creating.” How can we create new technologies that solve yesterday’s problems & leave a positive impact on tomorrow? @SBF_FTX, CEO of @FTX_Official & @chuang_alfred, GEN PTR at @RaceCapital, share how #technology can change lives in the #FIIPriority panel "Technology for Human Priorities”. pic.twitter.com/kQ2TljXdxT— FII Institute (@FIIKSA) September 23, 2022 Under two glamorous chandlers, waiters in white jackets and black bow ties served bountiful plates of freshly sautéed pasta, a potpourri of salads, and generous portions of salmon. It was all too elegant, with painted murals one way and views of Central Park the other, but the notion of getting a free lunch courtesy of MBS made me sick. Everyone else dug in. “This is about funding,” Maximo Mazzocco, a climate activist and a youth global ambassador with the United Nations Development Program, told me. “Here, there are a lot of resources, a lot, a lot of resources. I’m talking millions and millions. A lot of people here have the power to make real change on a global scale.” One of the speakers, talking to me on the condition of anonymity, told me that they were initially skeptical of joining a Saudi-sponsored event given the human rights concerns. “I don’t want to be used as PR material. I’m not a golfer. I don’t want to be trotted out,” they told me. Rather, they wanted to see if it was possible to move on and do good with Saudi money. How the future looks for MBS MBS may not be welcome yet in the White House, but his money, his government officials, and his message are being attended to in the United States. Attias, who has shepherded FII confabs since 2017, was quick to tell me that he had also produced the opening ceremony for the landmark 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. “This was probably one of the best ceremonies,” he told me. “And everyone was calling for boycott, but at the end of the day, they came. Why? Because they understood that you cannot take a global, international event — as the Olympic Games or as FII — as a hostage of any other issues. There is no reason to jeopardize global dialogue.” It was, inadvertently, a stunning admission. MBS, like China, is a massive human rights liability who can maintain his global connectivity despite all his moral shortcomings. The New York summit closed with an invitation to fly to Saudi Arabia for the next installment of the FII events in late October. The institute says, in a press release, that more than 300 speakers and 5,000 participants will join. “It’s not about his royal highness the crown prince,” Attias told me. “It’s about a global international event happening in Saudi Arabia.”
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Taylor Swift reveals meaning behind upcoming song 'Anti-Hero': 'I think it's really honest'
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The average person wishes their pet could talk to them: poll
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Post Politics Now: Biden heading to Puerto Rico to survey storm damage, will visit Fla. on Wednesday
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National Archives tells House it hasn't retrieved all records from Trump White House
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Wisconsin's firing of Paul Chryst shows colleges will pay big to make changes | Opinion
Given the current environment of college football, Wisconsin might not have even been wrong to fire Paul Chryst as head coach.       
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Trump airs 2020 grievances in Michigan, weeks before midterm elections
Over half the statewide and federal GOP candidates in Michigan have perpetuated Trump's false claims of a stolen 2020 election.
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Ex-intelligence agent allegedly helped arrange Martha’s Vineyard migrant flights
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Bank of England Should Pull Its Own U-Turn on Gilt Sales
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The UK scraps a proposed tax cut for wealthy that sparked market turmoil
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Supreme Court: New term brings opportunity for conservatives to flex muscles
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Russian Official Who Attempted to Overthrow Putin Faces Conscription
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Pushes Theory Putin Not Behind Nord Stream Sabotage
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Resident: Sanibel Island will rebuild after Ian
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'House of the Dragon' Fans Notice Clue When Daemon is About to do Evil
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New York has a new landing spot for secret migrant flights
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Mom Dumping Her 'Millionaire' Boyfriend Over His Cheap Dates Sparks Debate
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