For example: Hitler and Stalin were enemies of each other, but neither of them was a friend of America (except that Stalin did more than anyone else to defeat Hitler, and thereby saved the world, though the U.S. — far less a factor than the U.S.S.R. was in defeating Hitler — still refuses to acknowledge the fact that Stalin did more than anyone else did to prevent the entire world’s becoming dictatorships; so, whatever democracy exists today, is a result of that dictator, Stalin, even more than it’s a result of either FDR or Churchill).
Spending and saving is changing like never before, in some parts of the world you can buy things just by smiling at a machine. Meanwhile tech upstarts are threatening to topple the banking system and even cash itself. But could consumers end up paying the price?
The departures mark a new stage in the broken and increasingly contentious relationship between Mr. Tillerson and much of his department’s work force. By last spring, interviews at the time suggested, the guarded optimism that greeted his arrival had given way to concern among diplomats about his aloofness and lack of communication. By the summer, the secretary’s focus on efficiency and reorganization over policy provoked off-the-record anger.
CTIA argued last week that broadband Internet access shouldn’t be regulated by states because it is an interstate service “within the sole jurisdiction of the FCC, and Congress has advanced a national policy of non-regulation for information services.” That’s the exact position the FCC chairman’s office is now taking.
Early this month, we discussed whether the world’s longest running bull market – 55 years – in Australian house prices had come to an end. This was UBS’s view following the October 2017 monthly report on Australian house prices from CoreLogic suggested that measures to tighten credit standards and dissuade overseas buyers (especially Chinese in Sydney and Melbourne) have finally begun to bite. As CoreLogic’s summary table shows, Sydney prices fell in October, for the second month running, and poised to lead national prices lower.
Now residents say they sense grim echoes of the ongoing crisis in a different part of this state, Flint: the bottled water, the finger-pointing, the hard-to-decipher test results. And indeed, some of the same government agencies that botched the initial response to lead-tainted water in Flint three years ago are on the case here, trying to avoid past mistakes and reassure residents.
Is America’s ‘Best Idea’ at Stake? (jdargis)
To some degree, the administration’s actions fall in line with the conservative stance on the protection of land—conservatives generally argue for increased deregulation and economic development of land, while liberals call for wilderness preservation. But never before has the country seen an administration, coupled with a Republican-controlled Congress, that is so clearly intent on rolling back existing land protections.
A vote in favor of the company’s proposed route through Nebraska would give a boost to the long-delayed project, which was rejected by Barack Obama in 2015, citing concerns about carbon pollution. Donald Trump revived it in March, approving a permit.
The Guardian followed the proposed route of the pipeline and talked to opponents and supporters earlier this year in a series of three dispatches.
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