Tesla shares soar after the automaker set a five-for-one stock split. Oppenheimer Senior Research Analyst Colin Rusch joins Yahoo Finance’s On The Move panel to discuss.
Tesla shares soar after the automaker set a five-for-one stock split. Oppenheimer Senior Research Analyst Colin Rusch joins Yahoo Finance’s On The Move panel to discuss.
Xbox Series X and Series S require these 1TB Game Drive expansion cards to add storage for next-gen games, and to get one it will cost you $220.
A new wave of national protests began following the announcement of a single indictment in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
Taiwan said Thursday that China sent two military surveillance planes toward the island for three straight days and it dispatched patrols in response. Tensions have risen in the Taiwan Strait as the U.S. has stepped up its official engagement with the self-ruled island that China considers part of its national territory. Separately on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army sent two planes, according to statements from Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense.
President Trump followed up his refusal Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in November with a prediction election experts found equally ominous. "I think this will end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it's very important that we have nine justices," Trump told reporters in the White House. "I think it's better if you go before the election, because I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling — it's a scam — this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court, and I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation."Presumably the "scam" he's referring to is the expansion of mail-in ballots, a voting system he and his aides use and his campaign is encouraging his supporters to avail themselves of this year. Trump has been baselessly warning of mail-in vote fraud for months now, but he and his allies are also fighting hard in court, U.C. Irvine election law expert Richard Hasen writes at Slate, calling the situation "a five-alarm fire" and pointing to Barton Gellman's look at worst-case scenarios in The Atlantic.The Trump team's litigation strategy "has become clear," Hasan writes: "Try to block the expansion of mail-in balloting whenever possible and, in a few key states, create enough chaos in the system and legal and political uncertainty in the results that the Supreme Court, Congress, or Republican legislatures can throw the election to Trump if the outcome is at all close or in doubt. It's a Hail Mary, but in a close enough election, we cannot count the possibility out. I've never been more worried about American democracy than I am right now."Trump "keeps saying that he is counting on the courts, the federal courts, to help him win," and that "he's not going to wait for the ballots to be counted," MSNBC's Chris Hayes pointed out Wednesday night. He and his allies "are also making this part of their explicit argument to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court. ... The Republicans already have a 5-3 majority of the court, but apparently they do not trust Chief Justice John Roberts to be enough of a hack to corruptly hand them the White House.""I know, it sounds like dystopian science fiction," Hayes concluded, but "before you get paralyzed by this nightmare scenario," the "off-ramp" is "delivering a resounding, unquestionable defeat of the president."More stories from theweek.com America needs to hear the bad news first A mild defense of Republican hypocrisy on the Supreme Court Trump is the only one being honest about the Supreme Court fight
Amnesty International said Thursday that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year were forcefully disappeared after being taken out of unofficial detention centers run by militias allied with the U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli. In its latest report, the group also said that rival authorities in eastern Libya forcibly expelled several thousand migrants “without due process or the opportunity to challenge their deportation.” Libya, which descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe.
Two police officers were shot as angry protests rippled across the United States after authorities announced no one would be charged with the killing of Breonna Taylor.
If the United Nations was created from the ashes of World War II, what will be born from the global crisis of COVID-19? Many world leaders at this week’s virtual U.N. summit hope it will be a vaccine made available and affordable to all countries, rich and poor. “Are people to be left to die?” Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, a COVID-19 survivor, said of the uncertain way forward.
The former secretary of state reconsidered voting for Joe Biden saying the ‘big picture’ – Republican control – was importantFormer secretary of state James Baker considered voting for Joe Biden in November but will instead keep backing Donald Trump, a new biography reveals, in the process outlining a key reason for continued Republican support for the scandal-plagued US president.Though the “myriad ethical scandals surrounding Trump were head-spinning”, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser write, “Baker kept telling himself it was worth it to get conservative judges, tax cuts and deregulation.”The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A Baker III, will be published on Tuesday. The Guardian obtained a copy.Baker, 90, is a pillar of the Republican establishment who served his party under Gerald Ford, as campaign chief; Ronald Reagan, as White House chief of staff and treasury secretary; George HW Bush, as chief of staff and secretary of state; and George W Bush, playing a major role in winning the recount in Florida in 2000 which put the younger Bush in the Oval Office despite losing the popular vote.Baker and Glasser, a husband and wife team, write for the New York Times and the New Yorker respectively.They report that in 2019, Baker considered backing Biden. But by the fall he told them: “Don’t say that I will vote for Biden. I will vote for the Republican, I really will. I won’t leave my party. You can say my party has left me because the leader of it has. But I think it’s important, the big picture.”Baker and Glasser add: “The big picture, he said, was Republicans controlling the executive branch.”Trump has slashed environmental and other regulations and signed into law tax cuts which inordinately benefit the rich.Perhaps most lastingly, he has appointed about 200 judges to the federal judiciary and is preparing to name his third supreme court justice as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is seeking to ram through a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week at the age of 87. McConnell appears to have the votes to confirm another conservative, tilting the nine-member court to the right, 6-3.Such is the size of the prize, Baker is willing to vote again for a man who has peppered the party establishment with abuse, particularly the family he faithfully served.Trump blasted former Florida governor Jeb Bush out of the Republican primary in 2016, has regularly attacked George W Bush and was not invited to the funerals of George HW Bush and his wife Barbara. Neither former president voted for Trump in 2016.Baker is known to have met Trump during the 2016 campaign, providing a two-page memo meant to point the candidate back towards the political centre.It did not work. Trump and a campaign at times led or advised by two aides with close ties to Baker, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, rode to the White House on a tide of division and scandal and with Russian assistance.Manafort and Stone were both convicted of crimes arising from their work for Trump, who provoked outrage when he commuted Stone’s sentence. Stone now advocates that Trump declare martial law in order to stay in office.Baker, a famously ruthless operator, was also famously thorough; his mantra: “Prior preparation prevents piss-poor performance.” Trump has lurched from crisis to crisis.On the world stage, which Baker strode as senior US diplomat from 1989 to 1992, Trump has provoked division and cozied up to authoritarian leaders. At home, Trump has wallowed in partisan strife while failing to cope with a pandemic in which 200,000 have died and nearly 7 million, Baker and his wife among them, have been infected.Baker has written and spoken critically of Trump’s performance as president.Glasser and Peter Baker also report the former secretary of state’s resistance to pleas from friends not to help Trump or endorse him. The retired news anchor Tom Brokaw is quoted as saying: “Jim, you do not want to do this. You’ve served your party nobly and your party ably and you’re at an age and stage, I’m telling you as a friend, that this is not a good move.”Baker did not endorse Trump. But like many in his party, from the establishment to the rank and file, he did vote for him. It seems he will do so again.
Late in his monologue Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel brought up the bare minimum charges that were filed against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor. “Many are upset. There are protests in Louisville and elsewhere as well,” the host said. “So the president, as he is known to do, took a moment to offer words of healing and unity and condolences to the Taylor family.”Asked earlier in the day if he believes “justice was served” in the Breonna Taylor case and to offer a “message to the Black community, who believe that perhaps justice was not served by the decision that was rendered by the grand jury in Kentucky,” President Trump had nothing of substance to say.“Well, my message is that I love the Black community,” Trump said. “And I’ve done more for the Black community than any other president. And I say with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, and I mean that. With opportunity zones and with criminal justice reform, with prison reform, with what we’ve done for historically Black universities, colleges, schools, what we’ve done.”He added. “Nobody’s done more. Abraham Lincoln, let’s give him the nod, but beyond that, nobody’s done more.”Samantha Bee: Why Liberals Should Be Worried About Trump’s Supreme Court Frontrunner Amy Coney Barrett“It’s amazing,” Kimmel said in response. “No matter what you ask him, he makes it about himself.” He imagined Trump answering a question about the Boston Celtics by saying, “Nobody’s done more for the Irish! Nobody’s driven more snakes out of Ireland than me. Maybe St. Patrick.”“Thank you for yet another Sweatysburg Address, Donald,” the host added. “Can’t we just have the election now? Is anyone actually undecided?”For more, listen and subscribe to The Last Laugh podcast.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.
Anger, frustration and sadness over the decision not to charge Kentucky police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death poured into America’s streets as protesters lashed out at a criminal justice system they say is stacked against Black people. Violence seized the demonstrations in her hometown of Louisville as gunfire rang out and wounded two police officers. Activists, celebrities and everyday Americans have been calling for charges since Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation in March.
A butterfly's ability to absorb or reflect heat from the sun with its wings could be a matter of life and death in a warming world, according to British research published Thursday calling for gardens, parks and farms to host shady, cooling-off spots.
China's network of detention centres in the northwest Xinjiang region is much bigger than previously thought and has been expanded in recent years, according to research presented by an Australian think tank Thursday.
While one could fairly question how much influencers have given to us—as a species and a society—it’s undeniable that they’re real innovators when it comes to finding ways to be weird about race. Whether it’s blackfishing or posting black squares on Instagram as though that somehow supports Black Lives Matter, influencers just have a knack for being thoroughly embarrassing. And now they have a new medium: a photo-editing app with a brand-new feature that allows users to make their photos appear as though they were “were born on a different continent.” We can all see where this is going, right?> You need to try this new feature in the gradient app, it’s crazy 😂 pic.twitter.com/KyogbJOw1P> > — Brody Jenner (@BrodyJenner) September 22, 2020This week luminaries including Scott Disick, Brody Jenner and influencer Danielle Cohn, all of whom are white, have landed themselves in hot water by promoting the app Gradient and making use of its latest feature, posting their doctored likenesses on Twitter and TikTok to compare what they would look like if they were “from” continents including Africa and Asia. As some social media users have pointed out, the filter is basically just a digital form of blackface, yellowface, etc.—another extension of the ongoing and ever-expanding uses of digital blackface online.Jenner tweeted out an image that includes likenesses meant to appear as though they are from “Africa,” “Asia,” and “India.” (Despite its claim to make people look like they are from different continents, it appears to include filters for “India” and “Brazil” as well.) Disick, meanwhile, went with “Europe,” “Asia,” and “India.”> Tried new filters in the Gradient app > Which one is better? 😂 pic.twitter.com/5SdXNZJk8S> > — Scott Disick (@ScottDisick) September 22, 2020And Cohn posted a video to TikTok in which the app made her face appear as though she was from “Africa,” “Asia,” and “Europe.”Gradient, as longtime users know, also includes less controversial (read: stupid) features—like one that identifies celebrities its users most closely resemble and another that can transform a selfie to look like an oil painting. One can even show you what animal you look like. Fun!> Staying at home and found Gradient app that guesses your DNA Ancestry by your photo. > It is very interesting and sometimes funny 😂 gradient ad dna pic.twitter.com/MrCXUfW17V> > — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 2, 2020It’s unclear whether Jenner, Disick, or Cohn were paid to promote Gradient or its latest feature, and Gradient did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. It’s perhaps worth noting, however, that the Kardashian clan has shilled for Gradient before—specifically, promoting a feature that, per the app’s website, “can estimate your DNA ancestry with the help of latest AI techs! Simply upload your photo and our exceptionally accurate algorithm will analyze features of your face and tell your ethnic background.” (Hmm...)Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, and Khloé Kardashian all tweeted about the DNA feature in early April, as did actress Alexandra Daddario. But it was Macaulay Culkin who made the biggest splash for Gradient last October—when he used the celebrity look-alike filter and discovered his doppelgänger is, according to the app, Wiz Khalifa. Searches for Gradient spiked at that time to a degree that remains unmatched to this day. (I don’t make the rules but as far as I’m concerned this is bona fide proof that the Kardashians and Jenners’ power as influencers pales in comparison to that of the erstwhile Kevin McCallister—a lesson we would all do well to remember.)> Hey gradientapp, I think I broke your app. pic.twitter.com/MgQNCfTmws> > — Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) October 21, 2019YouTuber Jarvis Johnson, meanwhile, poked fun at the feature with a meme from The Office.> me using the gradient app pic.twitter.com/PyTPIz4hnV> > — jarvis johnson (@jarvis) October 18, 2019In any case, what more to say? This is juyet one more entry into the strange story that is 2020—and for the annals of celebrity weirdness writ large. Let’s all just wait and see what fresh silliness awaits us tomorrow.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.
Only a few dozen of the 470 whales stranded on Australia's coast can still be saved, rescuers warned Thursday, as they weighed euthanising those animals in most distress.
Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. All the while, Jum says his supervisor demanded he keep working, tending the heavy reddish-orange palm oil fruit that has made its way into the supply chains of the planet’s most iconic food and cosmetics companies like Unilever, L’Oreal, Nestle and Procter & Gamble. An Associated Press investigation found many like Jum in Malaysia and neighboring Indonesia – an invisible workforce consisting of millions of laborers from some of the poorest corners of Asia, many of them enduring various forms of exploitation, with the most serious abuses including child labor, outright slavery and allegations of rape.
Standing in the gutted ruins of her bar destroyed by Beirut's massive port blast, Lebanese entrepreneur Gizelle Hassoun said she hopes crowdfunding can help save her business from the rubble.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told senators during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that white supremacists are the "most persistent and lethal" internal threat the United States is facing.Wolf, who has been acting head of DHS since November, said overall, the deadliest threats to the U.S. are pandemics, national disasters, and foreign adversaries, and the government "cannot ignore" anti-fascist protesters.Earlier this month, a DHS whistleblower named Brian Murphy said Wolf instructed him to stop providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the United States. Murphy also alleged that Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Ken Cuccinelli told him to change an assessment's section on white supremacy to make "the threat appear less severe" and to add information "on the prominence of violent 'left-wing' groups." Murphy said in both cases, he did not comply.Wolf denied the accusations, calling them "patently false."More stories from theweek.com America needs to hear the bad news first A mild defense of Republican hypocrisy on the Supreme Court Trump is the only one being honest about the Supreme Court fight
TikTok is urging a federal court to block US President Donald Trump from banning the video app, arguing the move is motivated by election politics rather than legitimate national security concerns.
North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector after interrogating him at sea, then poured oil over his body and burned it over coronavirus fears, Seoul military officials said Thursday.
Great newspaper editors leave a permanent stamp on journalism. Harry Evans’ salient achievement as an editor was to push investigative journalism in Britain across the line from dispassionate reporting into direct advocacy on issues of public interest.That was a significant, controversial, and typically courageous step when it was taken.Its consequences are now widely felt. They range from the Boston Globe’s exposure of the American Catholic Church’s cover-up of the sexual abuse of boys by priests to The New York Times’ revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predations that led to the MeToo movement.The force of reporting like this goes beyond simply exposing the scandals. It requires an editorial commitment and the will to campaign for social justice and reform.The story that drove Harry over that line and filled him—and his staff—with a deeply-felt outrage was slow in developing.Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Harold Evans on the Sunday Times’ Work In the early ’60s, after becoming at the age of 32 editor of the Northern Echo, a provincial daily, he had first learned about hundreds of children in Britain who had been born with foreshortened limbs, or no limbs at all. Their mothers had all taken the drug thalidomide, to treat morning sickness and other stresses of pregnancy.In 1967, now as the editor of the London Sunday Times, he discovered that none of the families had received any compensation.The paper’s Insight investigative team embarked on a long and rigorously forensic investigation into the making and marketing of thalidomide. This led to years of expensive legal combat between the Sunday Times, the British marketers of the drug, Distillers Biochemicals, and its German creators, Chemie Grunenthal.By 1972 Harry and his reporters had steadfastly negotiated a minefield of legal bombs designed to suppress the paper’s reporting. The most dangerous to them was a favorite tool used in British courts to gag editors—the threat of being held in contempt of court. Time after time the legal teams of the two companies got judges to use this threat—even though the reporting was factually impeccable.Eventually Harry came to a resolute conclusion:“The much-feared law of contempt was going to sanctify a gross injustice. It was urgent to shout that it must not be allowed to happen. Was I emotional about the thalidomide families? Yes, I was, but my decision that Tuesday to launch a campaign was not a sudden impulse. Certain conditions had to be fulfilled before a newspaper undertook a campaign.“The paper had to have investigated the subject thoroughly enough to be sure that there was a genuine grievance, it had to have defined a practical remedy, it had to be ready to commit the resources for a sustained effort, and it had to open its columns to counterarguments and corrections of fact.“No campaign should be ended until it had succeeded—or was proved wrong.”For a long while it was a lonely crusade. The paper faced a phalanx of corporate lawyers abetted by a legal establishment that saw investigative journalism as an impertinence to be slapped down. Other newspapers and the BBC cowered under the threat of expensive legal action—one editor, asked by Harry why his paper wasn’t equally exercised about the scandal, joked, “We’re saving the space to cover your trial.”It took enormous courage—and deep pockets—to persist. It was another four years before Harry could get the full story published. He had finally to escape the suppressive laws and take his case beyond British shores to find justice for the families.The European Court of Human Rights ruled by a vote of 13-11 that by suppressing the reporting that revealed the origins of the scandal the British law of contempt had breached the free speech article of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.And finally the British families were awarded the compensation they deserved. In Germany, though, where the flawed drug was designed, and where five times as many families were affected, the compensation was limited by a private settlement made in 1969, long before the companies’ full culpability was exposed, and was, as Harry said, stingy.I followed all of this with a deep personal and admiring interest. I preceded Harry’s arrival at the Sunday Times where, in 1963, I created the Insight team. We had notable coups—exposing the full extent of the web of the political crisis known as the Profumo Affair, and an investigation into slum landlords that led to legislative reforms—but we never faced such an obdurate adversary as the malefactors of thalidomide.Some of my team had qualms about being seen as crusaders rather than reporters, and those qualms persisted after I left the paper in 1966 and when Harry decided to devote greater resources to the development of Insight. All trace of those qualms vanished after Harry’s decision to back the reporting on thalidomide with powerful editorial commentary.There is no doubt that the effectiveness of his campaigning was underpinned by the status of the paper itself. Before Insight, none of the British so-called “quality” newspapers had ever practiced investigative journalism. In Britain that was confined to a few of the tabloids, and then only in the pursuit of easy and salacious targets, like brothel owners and minor criminal gangs.Harry oversaw many other investigations—design flaws that caused fatal air crashes, the deep penetration of Soviet moles into British intelligence services, a widespread racket in selling fake antiques. Under Harry, the Sunday Times deployed the integrity and the authority of a serious newspaper—as well as the generous budget provided by a supportive proprietor, Roy Thomson—to bring a far more powerful public interest role to journalism in cases where other effective scrutiny was lacking.A lot of great scoops are the work of investigative reporters working alone. Investigative teams have a different dynamic. Insight under Harry grew into a colorful combination of disparate skills.Some were old-style gumshoes with feral instincts and picaresque contacts. Others were specialists with academic backgrounds, like Elaine Potter, whose scholarship was fundamental to understanding the origins of the thalidomide story. In fact, Harry famously evaded the paper’s supposed staffing limits by “parking” people in various departments as freelancers until a slot on the team opened up for them.It was truly a golden age for British journalism. Harry directly inspired other editors in print, in television, and in documentary film-making to go deep and ignore the pressure of everyday deadlines—to patiently build the incremental detail of a story into a blockbuster narrative.His effort, and the groundbreaking record of the Sunday Times, was curtailed when that paper as well as the daily Times (which Harry took over as editor) were acquired by Rupert Murdoch. The new proprietor was not a hands-off boss like Roy Thomson. A campaigning editor seemed too much like a rival in authority, and Harry was forced out.(In 1987, as though by the hand of destiny, I finally got to join Harry as together we launched Conde Nast Traveler, under the typically Harry rubric of “Truth in Travel,” and I finally got to experience first hand what a consummate master of his craft he was. He mentored many young talents who have since flourished.)Meanwhile, some editors and reporters still agonize over crossing that line between deep forensic reporting and personal opinion.Bob Woodward, in explaining how, for the first time in a long and distinguished career, he came to a judgmental conclusion in his new book on President Trump, Rage, laid out why it was so difficult.He recalled that when President Richard Nixon resigned from office, driven out by the consequences of the Watergate reporting by Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Katharine Graham, the Washington Post’s publisher, warned them about having overmighty ideas about the power of journalism, and told them to confine themselves to objective reporting.That’s a form of vocational restraint that seems ill-equipped to deal with today’s world. It’s not journalism that is the overmighty player now. It’s the advancing forces of a new autocracy that despise and fear the vigilance of investigative journalism, and editors with the courage and tenacity of Harry Evans.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.