Do you know which 2020 Democratic forerunners are hawks, and which doves? | Tyler Bellstrom

Which Democrat will not only offer a different vision from Trump but truly face the questions of the next decade? We need more detail In a world where the United States is fighting forever wars, engaging with rising powers, and belatedly realizing the existential threat of climate change, the American people need to hear a coherent foreign policy. That explains why four out of the five major contenders for the Democratic nomination have recently given speeches focused on foreign policy. …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, …

The Californians forced to live in cars and RVs

As the state grapples with a housing crisis, thousands of people around the San Francisco Bay Area are sleeping in their vehicles The faded, creased photograph shows a 13-year-old Vallie Brown smiling shyly as she pulls back her hair in the back of a large van. She is wearing a white one-piece swimsuit and at first glance, she looks like shes coming back from a sun-soaked day at the beach. Looking at the picture of Brown, few people would suspect …

Trump’s threat of new China tariffs sparks backlash from US retailers

Industry warns of job losses and higher consumer prices after president targets another $300bn in imports US retailers were lining up on Thursday night against Donald Trumps threat to impose tariffs on a fresh $300bn of Chinese imports in September, if a August 1, 2019 Moodys Investors Service swiftly warned that the extra tariffs would prove to be an economic burden amid decelerating growth. The escalation of trade tensions will increasingly weigh on the global economy and supply chains in …

In Pete Buttigieg, venture capitalists see a campaign to invest in

VC support for Mayor Pete seems to top that of other Democratic candidates with strong ties to the industry Hes young, hes white, he went to Harvard, and he loves to talk about data. If Pete Buttigieg had a product and a pitch deck, Silicon Valleys lining up to get in on his startups seed round. But with the 37-year-old Buttigieg intent on seeking a position in the gasp public sector, tech industry VCs instead appear interested in investing in …

Trump’s threat to tax French wines labelled ‘completely moronic’

Retaliatory proposal follows Frances announced levy for US technology companies A threat by Donald Trump to tax French wines in retaliation to a proposed levy aimed at big US technology companies is completely moronic, Frances agriculture minister has said. French plans to place a 3% tax on the GAFAs Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple drew an angry response from the US president, who warned last week that his administration would announce substantial reciprocal action. They shouldnt have done this, Trump …

The Great Hack review searing expos of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook users Data rights are human rights is the rallying cry of this gripping, challenging documentary by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, about the biggest scandal of our time: the gigantic question mark over the legality of Trump campaign, the Leave.EU campaign and many other reckless electoral adventures all over the world and their connection with Facebook users and their …

Billion-dollar fines can’t stop Google and Facebook. That’s peanuts for them | Siva Vaidhanathan

We need radical approaches to these companies. Our responses must be as broad and deep as these companies hold on our minds and purses During the same 48 hours this week in which Facebook agreed to pay the largest corporate fine in the history of the US Federal Trade Commission for massive and repetitive violations of a similar agreement from 2012, and the US justice department announced a sweeping antitrust investigation of Facebook, Google, and Amazon, the company also announced …

Csar Pelli obituary

Distinguished architect who designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and One Canada Square in London Csar Pelli will be remembered as a designer of world-beating skyscrapers, but for him the quality of his projects was more important than their height. The Argentinian-American architect, who has died aged 92, is best known for the towering landmarks he added to the skylines around the world: the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. Many of those structures are the among the tallest …

If the economy is so good, why are some truckers doing so poorly?

Is the economy to blame? Sure. But theres something else behind the trucking industrys woes: mismanagement Times are good right? Economic growth is strong. Unemployment is low. Business and consumer confidence remains high. Its pretty easy to say that most small business owners are doing pretty well this year. Except if youre in the trucking business. Thats according to a number of recent reports that cover the freight industry. They are not great. For example, a regular analysisSupply Chain Drive …