Jason Ware, Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Albion Financial, joined The Final Round to discuss his outlook for upcoming earnings from the big tech stocks and his outlook for the market as the Presidential election approaches.
Jason Ware, Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Albion Financial, joined The Final Round to discuss his outlook for upcoming earnings from the big tech stocks and his outlook for the market as the Presidential election approaches.
The most essential item in aircraft engineer Tao Rui's possession during a recent outing in Shanghai was the Alipay smartphone app from Ant Group, a company little known outside China until it unfurled plans for the biggest IPO in history.
California’s San Francisco and Alameda (home to Oakland) counties are no longer using Verily’s COVID-19 testing system, according to Kaiser Health News.
Bill Maher seemed to shock Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night when he said during their interview that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have stepped down from the Supreme Court during President Obama’s second term so that President Trump never would have had the chance to pick her replacement.Kimmel was trying to pay his guest a compliment by noting how well he handled the moment when he had to deliver the news of RBG’s passing to both his audience and Jane Fonda live on Real Time last month.“Not like her death was a shock,” Maher said. When Kimmel pushed back, he added, “She was 100 and had cancer a million times. She was a great justice but should have quit.”“The Democratic plan for the Supreme Court was Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t die,” he added. “And that’s why they’re such a loser party. I vote for them but they don’t know how to do politics.” Explaining that Obama had Ginsburg to the Oval Office to “hint” that she should retire, Maher said, “She should have taken the hint. I mean, as great as she was in many ways, that really put us in a bad place because as I keep trying to say on my show, power begets power.”“When you lose power, you keep losing it,” Maher continued. “That’s where we are now. We lose presidential elections, they appoint justices, now the Supreme Court is 6-to-3, that’s going to go on for a very long time. If the election winds up in the court, who do you think they’re going to go with? We saw what happened with Bush v. Gore. That’s what I mean. You lose power and then you lose it again.”Sacha Baron Cohen Fires Back at Trump and Rudy Giuliani on ‘Colbert’Later in the interview, after telling Kimmel that he’s not that scared of COVID-19 because Trump, Chris Christie, and Harvey Weinstein all survived it—and ignoring the fact they all likely had better health care than the average obese American—Maher returned to his fears about the 2020 election.While he’s confident Joe Biden will win both the popular vote and the Electoral College, Maher said, “It’s impossible to imagine Trump losing and then saying, ‘Well, we fought the good fight but the best man won.’”“He doesn’t do losing,” Maher said. “Other than three marriages, three casinos, four magazines, an airline, a football league, a charity, steaks, vodka, and a university, he’s never lost anything. So he’s not going to go gently into the night. That’s what I worry about.”When Maher was finished predicting the worst case scenario, Kimmel ended the interview by saying, “Good luck to everyone sleeping tonight.” He added, “Bill, you paint a very rosy picture for us. I’m scared now because you’re right almost all the time.”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.
At least four students were killed and dozens more wounded Tuesday when a bomb exploded during a class at their religious school in northwestern Pakistan, officials said.
A powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing at least seven children and wounding 70 others, police and a hospital spokesman said. The bombing happened while a cleric was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam at the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa, said police officer Waqar Azim. He said initial investigations suggest the bomb went off minutes after someone left a bag at the madrassa. Mohammad Ali Gandapur, another senior police official, confirmed the blast and details. He said two teachers were among the wounded. Several of the wounded were in critical condition, and hospital authorities feared the death toll could climb further. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack. Peshawar is the provincial capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. The province has been the scene of such militant attacks in recent years, but sectarian violence has also killed or wounded people at mosques or seminaries across Pakistan. The latest attack comes two days after a bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta killed three people.
With a name belying its giant ambitions, China's Ant Group on Tuesday launched a history-making $34 billion IPO in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Keith Raniere, a self-improvement guru whose organization NXIVM attracted millionaires and actresses among its adherents, faces sentencing Tuesday on convictions that he turned some female followers into sex slaves branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis will announce an almost-certain lengthy prison term Tuesday for Raniere after hearing victims speak. The court proceeding in Brooklyn culminates several years of revelations about NXIVM, which charged thousands of dollars for invitation-only self improvement courses at its headquarters near Albany, New York, and had branches in Mexico and Canada.
Standing by a blue pickup truck at a rally near the birthplace of the late civil rights icon John Lewis, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones urged voters to look at his record from his three years in office and not what he called Republican distortions about him. Considered the most endangered Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Jones is facing Republican Tommy Tuberville, who harnessed college football coaching fame and President Donald Trump's endorsement to block former Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt at a political comeback.
Trans people could lose healthcare as Republican state attorneys general seek to have the entire landmark Affordable Care Act law tossed outStarting in 2009, Jack Jimenez’s face would feel tingly and his vision would turn wonky. Sometimes it felt like he was getting a deep-tissue head massage, even when no one was touching him. The now 37-year-old from California tried for five years to get help from various doctors, many of whom told him he was just anxious.“Of course I’m anxious. But also legit I have a problem. Every single doctor was just terrible,” he said.At the time, Jimenez was working as a caregiver. “I worked 24-hour shifts because a client could die at any second,” he said. “They weren’t required to give us insurance because we were all part-time employees.”He tried to obtain private health insurance, only to be denied because of a pre-existing condition – his gender dysphoria diagnosis. Jimenez is trans and him living his true identity was reason enough to deny him coverage.It wasn’t until 2014 when the Affordable Care Act (also known as the comprehensive healthcare reform law and as Obamacare) was implemented, that Jimenez was able to get insurance, the specialist treatment he needed, and a diagnosis because the law eliminated exclusions for pre-existing conditions. It turned out he had pseudotumor cerebri, a condition in which spinal fluid leaks into the skull. The symptoms mimic those of a brain tumor, including vision issues, headaches and ringing in the ears.“It’s that very first doctor appointment. It’s unbelievable,” he said. “To have people look at you and go, ‘Oh, OK. Yes. I can see why that’s a big concern. Let me write down these three pages of weird symptoms that you’ve been having and let’s do some tests and figure out what the hell is wrong with you,’” he said. “Nobody, nobody had really done that at all.”> The potential to have the greatest impact on transgender people it’s unquestionably the ACA> > Attorney Shannon MinterAfter several rounds of tests and multiple MRIs, he started treatment and is healthy with minimal symptoms today. But the law that allowed Jimenez to finally find some relief is at risk of being entirely done away with.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is scheduled to be argued before the supreme court on 4 November. The lawsuit – which has been widely panned by legal experts – was brought by 19 Republican state attorneys general and seeks to have the entire landmark healthcare law tossed out. The future of the ACA was a common theme during hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the high court – now that she has been confirmed, she will soon be hearing California v Texas, a case challenging the landmark healthcare law. “Life for trans people in terms of access to healthcare before and after the ACA is like night and day,” said Shannon Minter, an expert in transgender law and an attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. But many Americans don’t have a grasp on the important role the ACA has played for LGBTQ people, especially those who are transgender, potentially making this fall’s supreme court arguments the most critical transgender rights case ever heard at the court.“If you were just going to point to a major case currently before the court that has the potential to have the greatest impact on transgender people it’s unquestionably the ACA,” said Minter, “I’m amazed that more people don’t understand this, that this hasn’t gotten more attention.”Though the ACA was signed into law in 2010, the most major aspects of the law, like protections for people with pre-existing conditions, weren’t phased in until 1 January 2014. “Even up to 2013, you had trans folks who could not get a policy, even if they all the money in the world. Insurance companies did not have to sell them a policy,” said Sharita Gruberg, the director of policy for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress.> Life for trans people in terms of access to healthcare before and after the ACA is like night and day> > Shannon MinterTrans people who could access insurance before the ACA – often those who worked for very progressive employers or worked in states with early health care non-discrimination laws – could not generally get coverage for transition-related care due to blanket exclusions by insurance companies. That meant that trans people were on their own when it came to paying for hormone replacement therapy or transition-related surgeries like a vaginoplasty or mastectomy.That also meant that a trans woman who could not afford a $20,000 affirming procedure would not be able to access a potentially life-saving surgery.People with untreated gender dysphoria often deal with high rates of suicidal ideation. The 2015 USTS found that 41% of respondents reported having attempted suicide at least once in their lifetimes, with 7.3% reporting attempts within the last year. There are many reasons researchers have identified contribute to this statistic, from family rejection to identity-based violence and discrimination – but access to gender affirming care like hormones and surgery have been shown to have a positive effect on trans suicidality.Section 1557 of the ACA bans healthcare providers and insurers from discriminating on the basis of sex. The Obama administration interpreted this provision to include trans people in 2016. The rule was set to begin being enforced on 1 January 2017, and insurance companies based their 2017 yearly coverage on the new rule, writing in basic protections and often wiping out exclusions for trans-related care for the upcoming year. However, a federal court stayed the rule, and eventually vacated it, the day before its official implementation, meaning technically Section 1557 was never enforced.But that didn’t stop most insurance companies from doing away with their transgender exclusions in the meantime. Generally, adding coverage for transition-related care added very little additional cost to premiums, and some insurance companies found it more cost efficient to cover the surgeries rather than cover the mental healthcare that comes along with denying coverage.The Trump administration, however, had its eyes on the law’s trans protections and in mid-June this year finalized a rule cutting LGBTQ people generally, and trans people specifically, out of the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination under the ACA. This meant that insurance companies could once again exclude transition-related care from their coverage plans.That rule was, in turn, stayed by two federal courts citing Bostock, which was decided just days after the Trump administration finalized its updated 1557 rule.Keith said Out2Enroll has tracked how the ACA has pushed insurers to remove these exclusions, and she’s happy to report significant progress on that front. “Now we’re seeing most insurers have removed these exclusions,” she said. There are issues with individuals getting denied specific care for bureaucratic reasons, she said, but by and large the blanket exclusions are largely a thing of the past.But things could become uncertain if the ACA is thrown out in its entirety. According to Keith, most insurers dumped their trans exclusions because they became illegal, but they may not automatically bring back blanket exclusions if the law is thrown out by the supreme court.“We’re still not at the point where people are getting, in every case, the coverage that they both need and are required under the law to get. [But] as long as we have the ACA there’s some recourse. If that’s gone, the insurers might not go back to categorical exclusions, but they also are not going to have this law that requires them to cover transition related care.”Jimenez worries about a day in the future when he may again become uninsurable due to his trans identity. He’s currently insured through his partner, but his 14 year-old son was born with a congenital heart defect. If his partner lost their insurance, and the ACA is thrown out, both he and his son would be at risk. “It’s the whole uncertainty of everything at every moment, all the time right now,” he said. “Everything just feels really hopeless. And this is another thing to just toss on everybody.”
When Stephen Colbert used his monologue last week to call B.S. on Rudy Giuliani’s excuses for getting caught in a hotel bed with Borat’s daughter, the Late Show host promised that he would get the bottom of it all when Sacha Baron Cohen appeared as his guest this Monday.As ubiquitous as Baron Cohen has been leading up to the premiere of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm—streaming now on Amazon Prime Video—it is still relatively rare for the British actor to sit down for interviews as himself. So Colbert wasted no time trying to get him to reveal the many secrets behind his latest project.“The last time there was a Borat film, in 2006, Donald Trump wasn’t president of the United States, but everything there was leading up to this moment, I’m sure,” Colbert said. Now that Trump himself has responded to the movie by calling Baron Cohen a “creep” and a “phony,” the host asked, “Do you have any defense against those two accusations?”“Well, I’m sure when he was hanging out with his good friend Jeffrey Epstein, they probably spent a lot of their time talking about how creepy I am,” Baron Cohen replied, before admitting that he is a “professional phony, like him.”From there, he looked back on the one and only time he interviewed Trump as Ali G back in 2003. “Publicly he will say, ‘I was the only guy who saw through it,’” Baron Cohen said. “He didn’t see through the interview. He answered all the questions completely normally.”Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Goes Full QAnon on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Colbert then asked his guest about one of the most elaborate pranks in the new film that ends with Borat singing an original song about the “Wuhan flu” in character as Borat pretending to be a QAnon-obsessed country music singer.“Everyone was singing along and the problem was that some of the militia groups that were in this rally had been antagonizing the Black Lives Matter protesters, so as revenge some of the Black Lives Matter protesters were coming over to confront them,” Baron Cohen said, explaining that he wasn’t the only one “going undercover” at the rally in Washington state. “One of them went, ‘Oh my god, it’s Sacha Baron Cohen!’ Word got out that it was me, and then the organizers and a lot of people in the crowd got very angry. They tried to storm the stage. Luckily for me, I had hired the security, so it took them a while to actually storm the stage.”After playing some exclusive footage that revealed how Baron Cohen escaped that precarious situation, Colbert asked if that kind of thing happens to him frequently.“It happens occasionally,” Baron Cohen said, adding. “This is the first movie where I’ve had to wear a bulletproof vest.” In the film, Borat actually spends five days “quarantining” with two QAnon followers. “That meant waking up the first thing in the morning, the moment I came out of my bedroom, to going to sleep at night,” he explained. “They thought I was a foreign guy who didn’t understand much about coronavirus.”As promised, Colbert had to ask about the now infamous Giuliani scene. “He has denied that he actually was doing anything untoward toward this 24-year-old woman playing your 15-year-old daughter,” the host said. “Do you have anything to say to Rudy Giuliani about going into a bedroom with supposedly a teenage girl to drink whiskey and zip your pants up and down?”“Well, he said that he did nothing inappropriate and, you know, my feeling is, if he sees that as appropriate, then heaven knows what he’s intended to do with other women in hotel rooms with a glass of whiskey in his hand,” Baron Cohen replied. “I mean, I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone, so I would just say see it and make your own mind up.”Baron Cohen explained that Giuliani “thought he was alone” with the Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, who plays Borat’s daughter in the film, but actually Baron Cohen was standing in a hidden wardrobe ready to pop out at the right moment. He also revealed that Giuliani had a private security guard seated outside the room “ensuring that no one could come in and out, which is actually even more scary, when you think about it, for her.”Meet Maria Bakalova, the ‘Borat 2’ Actress Who Exposed Rudy GiulianiHe ended this portion of the interview by singing the praises of Bakalova, who was entirely unknown to American audiences before her breakout performance at Borat’s daughter Tutar.“I didn’t want to start filming until we found the perfect daughter for Borat,” he said. “And it’s a tough order because you have to be an incredible improviser, you have to be able to stay in character for many, many hours, you have to be able to play emotionally in the reality of the scenes, and you have to be hilarious. So we interviewed 500 different actors, and we eventually found this woman who had just come out of drama school.”“I mean, if she doesn’t win an Oscar, then I don’t know what the academy is for,” he added.For more, listen to Sacha Baron Cohen on 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.
Vietnam scrambled Tuesday to evacuate more than a million people in its central lowlands as a strong typhoon approached while some regions are still dealing with the aftermath of recent killer floods, state media said. Typhoon Molave is forecast to slam into Vietnam’s south central coast with sustained winds of up to 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour on Wednesday morning, according to the official Vietnam News Agency. The typhoon left at least 3 people dead and 13 missing and displaced more than 120,000 villagers in the Philippines before blowing toward Vietnam.
A hurricane watch was issued Monday afternoon for portions of the Louisiana coast, including metro New Orleans, ahead of Zeta's arrival this week.
Two wind-driven brush fires in Orange County, California, have burned more than 10,000 acres combined and forced at least 100,000 residents to evacuate from their homes.The Silverado fire broke out in Irvine on Monday morning, and by evening had scorched 7,200 acres. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy told the Los Angeles Times that a 26-year-old firefighter and a 31-year-old firefighter both sustained second- and third-degree burns while battling the blaze, and are now intubated at a local hospital. "They're gravely injured," he said. "We're doing all we can for them."On Monday evening, Southern California Edison told the state's Public Utilities Commission it is investigating whether its equipment may have sparked the Silverado fire. So far, no homes have been reported destroyed.A second blaze, the Blue Ridge fire near Yorba Linda, has burned 3,000 acres and destroyed one home. The dry Santa Ana winds are fanning the flames, and gusts of up to 70 mph were recorded in Orange County on Monday. Relative humidity was at five percent, "which is bone-dry," National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Gregoria told the Times, and the dry air combined with high winds is "creating these critical fire conditions."More stories from theweek.com The very different emotional lives of Trump and Biden voters The 19 greatest and worst presidential campaign ads of the 2020 election The Trump administration has surrendered to the pandemic
California braced for a new round of fires as Santa Ana winds roar. Firefighters turned out in force to battle a blaze in the Silverado Canyon area.
One week until Election Day, Joe Biden is going on offense, heading Tuesday to Georgia — which hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1992 — and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years ago. The Democratic presidential nominee planned to travel to Iowa, which Trump took by 10 points in 2016, later in the week. The aggressive schedule is a sign of confidence by the Biden team, which is trying to stretch the electoral map and open up more paths to 270 electoral college votes.
Gabe Loiacono is the kind of voter President Donald Trump can ill afford to lose. A college history professor who last cast a ballot for a Democrat more than 20 years ago, Loiacono is voting for Democrat Joe Biden because he thinks Trump has utterly failed in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. New infections are raging in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the upper Midwest.
Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta came ashore just north of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). Quintana Roo state Gov. Carlos Joaquín had warned that “nobody should be on the streets ... you shouldn’t go out anymore” until the hurricane passed.
The fire crackles and a woman shrieks as flames lick her body, burning her alive -- a museum in Denmark is bringing the dark period of witch-hunting to life.
Amy Coney Barrett's first votes on the Supreme Court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her. The court is weighing a plea from President Donald Trump to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from acquiring his tax returns. It is also considering appeals from the Trump campaign and Republicans to shorten the deadline for receiving and counting absentee ballots in the battleground states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Wild vampire bats socially distance when they are sick, a new study suggests. Scientists had previously seen this behaviour in lab conditions, but wanted to find out if it occurred in the wild. The researchers captured 31 adult female vampire bats from a hollow tree in Lamanai, Belize. The team injected half the bats with lipopolysaccharide, an immune-challenging substance, to make them sick while the other half received saline injections. The researchers then glued proximity sensors to the bats and released them back into their tree. The team tracked changes over time in the associations among the 16 sick bats and 15 control bats. The researchers found that the animals that were ill spent less time near others, associated with fewer group mates and were less socially connected to those that were healthy. The study, published in Behavioural Ecology, found that in the six hours after injection, a sick bat associated on average with four fewer associates than a bat that had been injected with saline. On average a control bat had a 49 per cent chance of associating with each control bat, but only a 35 per cent chance of associating with a sick bat. They also found that these differences declined after the first six hours and when the bats were sleeping or foraging outside. The study's lead author, Simon Ripperger, from the department of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology, at the Ohio State University, said: "The sensors gave us an amazing new window into how the social behaviour of these bats changed from hour to hour and even minute to minute during the course of the day and night, even while they are hidden in the darkness of a hollow tree. "We've gone from collecting data every day to every few seconds."