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Consumer Groups Accuse Facebook of Duping Children
As President Trump dangles the possibility of extending a March deadline to reach a trade deal with China, his advisers are trying to secure firm commitments from Beijing to purchase more American products, prevent currency manipulation and end its practice of forcing American companies to hand over valuable technology.
1  Facebook 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
U.S. Wrangles China for Firm Commitments as Trade Talks Continue
As President Trump dangles the possibility of extending a March deadline to reach a trade deal with China, his advisers are trying to secure firm commitments from Beijing to purchase more American products, prevent currency manipulation and end its practice of forcing American companies to hand over valuable technology.
1  china 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
Labor’s Hard Choice in Amazon Age: Play Along or Get Tough
It’s one of the most vexing challenges facing the labor movement: how to wield influence in an era increasingly dominated by technology giants that are often resistant to unions.
1 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
I Was Sexually Abused by a Catholic Priest. The Church Must Listen to Victims.
The pope should drive abusers and their enablers from the ministry.
1  opinion  religion 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
The Mueller Report Is Coming. Here’s What to Expect.
A concise report will probably act as a “road map” to investigation for the Democratic House — and to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors.

By Neal K. Katyal
Mr. Katyal was an acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama.
1  opinion 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
Democrats for Family Values
Elizabeth Warren has another very good proposal.
opinion  1  krugman 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
Carlos Ghosn Faces Japanese ‘Justice’
The fallen Nissan executive is ensnared in a legal system that has a 99 percent conviction rate. Can he get a fair hearing?
1  editorial 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
Trump Claims His Wall Is Being Built. It’s Just a Replacement of Old Barriers.
The president showcased a video of construction on Twitter, but the work he highlighted was from funds previously allocated to replace damaged fencing.
1 
2 hours ago by noiseguy
Christopher Hasson, Coast Guard Officer, Plotted Attacks at His Desk, Filings Say
Sitting in an office in Coast Guard headquarters, where the mission is to ensure the safety of the nation, Lt. Christopher P. Hasson took illicit opiates and plotted terror attacks that he hoped would spark a race war, according to the authorities.

To outward appearances, the 49-year-old lieutenant was a suburban father with a desk job supplying Coast Guard ships, who was glimpsed by neighbors coming and going in uniform or walking his dogs with his wife.
1  military 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
Trump Administration, Getting Set for a Major Rollback, Ends Clean Air Talks With California
The Trump administration, setting the stage to move forward with one of its most consequential climate-policy rollbacks, announced Thursday that it had decided to scrap negotiations with California over the president’s plan to undo Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks.

The move makes a protracted legal battle almost certain.
1  environment 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
Stop Asking Women About Childbearing Status, China Tells Employers
The Chinese government, which has struggled to keep women from leaving the labor force, is taking new steps to combat sex discrimination in the workplace, including prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their marital or childbearing status.
1  china 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
Chinese Girl Finds a Way Out of Tedious Homework: Make a Robot Do It
The debate lit up Chinese social media this week after The Qianjiang Evening News reported that a teenage girl had found a loophole for her homework: She bought a robot that mimicked her handwriting. Instead of having to manually copy phrases or selections from a textbook dozens of times, a repetitive task common in learning Chinese, she could just teach the robot to do it for her.
1  china  tech  education 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
India Threatens a New Weapon Against Pakistan: Water
India vowed Thursday to cut back on water flowing through its rivers to arid Pakistan, a threat it has made before but now seems more determined to carry out in the wake of a suicide bomb attack last week for which India has blamed Pakistan.
1  water  india 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
As Venezuela’s Politicians Fight Over Aid, Patients Die Without It
The opposition has vowed to deliver food and medication, but the president has refused to allow it. Patients whose lives depend on aid fear the political standoff is obscuring their desperate crisis.
1 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
The Lawyers Who Did Not Break
The U.S. legal system is withstanding the Trump onslaught.
david.brooks  1 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
A Victory for the Civil War ‘Cyclorama’
A colossal painting, once claimed to depict a Confederate victory, has carried an evolving meaning. Now, a spectacular restoration at the Atlanta History Center unravels its complex tale.
1 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
This Legislation Could Force Stores to Take Your Cash
Stores and restaurants in several states would be required to do something pretty basic if certain lawmakers have their way: accept their customers’ cash.

The legislation comes amid a worldwide move toward cashless payments using cards or mobile devices, which supporters say are safer, quicker and more convenient. But critics say an outright ban on cash discriminates against those without credit or bank accounts, and raises concerns about privacy and data security.
1 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
Mueller Report Expected to Go to Justice Department Within Weeks
The new attorney general, William P. Barr, is preparing for the special counsel to deliver a report in coming weeks on the results of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, two officials briefed on the Justice Department’s preparations said.
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3 hours ago by noiseguy
White House Says 200 Troops Will Stay in Syria, Retreating From a Full Withdrawal
The White House said on Thursday that it plans to leave about 200 American troops in Syria, signaling a partial retreat from President Trump’s announcement in December that he would withdraw all 2,000 forces after what he described as a victory over the Islamic State.
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3 hours ago by noiseguy
Pope Opens Meeting on Clerical Sex Abuse Under Great Pressure From Victims for Change
VATICAN CITY — Cloistered inside the Vatican on Thursday, Roman Catholic Church leaders heard searing prerecorded video testimonials from abuse survivors, including one made pregnant three times by a priest who started abusing her at age 15, beat her and forced her to have abortions.
religion  1 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry
North Carolina officials on Thursday ordered a new contest in the Ninth Congressional District after the Republican candidate, confronted by evidence that his campaign had financed an illegal voter-turnout effort, called for a new election.

The unanimous ruling by the five-member Board of Elections was a startling — and, for Republicans, embarrassing — conclusion to a case that has convulsed North Carolina since November.
1 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise
The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control.
1  tech  china 
3 hours ago by noiseguy
How Republicans have seen red over Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal
Republicans have claimed Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional resolutions will mean the end of ice cream, hamburgers and the US military. Where are they getting it from?
1 
17 hours ago by noiseguy
Immigration, rail funding and lawsuits: why California and Trump are at war
The state, which styles itself as the Democratic-led ‘resistance’, has launched 46 lawsuits against the Trump administration
1 
17 hours ago by noiseguy
When multilateralism crumbles, so does our rules-based order
Mike Pompeo and John Bolton have led the charge against multilateralism, but they should be careful: might can win on a given day, but it will never make right
1  opinion 
17 hours ago by noiseguy
Gen X has survived its gloomy formative years. Now we will have to deal with climate change
The baby boomers gave us Trump and Brexit. Can my generation age more gracefully?
1  opinion 
17 hours ago by noiseguy
Samsung's $2,000 Galaxy Fold changes the smartphone game
Folding tablet hybrid shows Asia, not US or Europe, is leading the way in innovation
1  tech 
17 hours ago by noiseguy
How an App Creates ‘Disturbingly Agile Millennial Thumbs’
Isabella Kwai, a reporter in Australia, rarely takes notes on paper anymore and instead uses her iPhone. She can still look sources in the eye while typing.
1  tech  journalism 
yesterday by noiseguy
Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Microsoft Says
SEATTLE — A group of hackers associated with Russian intelligence targeted civil society groups across Europe ahead of May elections there, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

The attacks, disclosed by Microsoft in a blog post, demonstrate the continuing spread of a broad online campaign aimed at disrupting real and potential political opponents of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin. The company said it had found that hackers targeted more than 100 email accounts at think tanks and nongovernmental organizations that work on issues including election security, nuclear policy and foreign relations.
1  russia 
yesterday by noiseguy
What’s Next for Smartphones? Here Are a Few Answers
For a glimpse of what’s coming, look to Samsung’s newly unveiled Galaxy phones. One of the models works with 5G wireless networks, while another folds up like a book.
1  tech 
yesterday by noiseguy
Manhole Fires and Burst Pipes: How Winter Wreaks Havoc on What’s Underneath N.Y.C.
New York’s aging, messy, below-street infrastructure is tough to maintain. Extreme weather conditions make the job even harder, city officials say.
new.york  engineering  1 
yesterday by noiseguy
Miami Battles Rising Seas
In 2017, voters agreed to finance adaptation efforts through property taxes. Now the first phase of those projects is underway.
opinion  1  climate.change  engineering 
yesterday by noiseguy
A Better Path to Universal Health Care
The United States should look to Germany, not Canada, for the best model.

By Jamie Daw
Dr. Daw teaches health policy and management at Columbia University.
1  opinion  health 
yesterday by noiseguy
The Myth of the Border Wall
Where the American frontier once symbolized perennial rebirth, President Trump’s signature project now looms like a national tombstone.
1  opinion 
yesterday by noiseguy
Trump’s Idea of a Middle East Nuclear Deal
Ignore conflicts of interest and legal safeguards.
1  editorial 
yesterday by noiseguy
David Forden, C.I.A. Handler in Cold War Intrigue, Dies at 88
David Forden, an American intelligence officer who helped a highly placed Polish colonel deliver vital secrets for eight years during the Cold War, including advance warnings that may have helped prevent a Soviet invasion of Poland, died on Feb. 12 in Alexandria, Va. He was 88.
obituary  1 
yesterday by noiseguy
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