Category: Daily news

Category: Daily news

Trump says coronavirus is “under control.” It’s not.

Amid concerns that the US government response to the global coronavirus threat has been underwhelming, President Donald Trump minimized concerns over the novel virus while praising his decision-making and attacking his enemies over the illness at a Tuesday press conference during a state visit to India.

The novel coronavirus — and Covid-19, the disease it causes — “is very well under control in our country,” Trump told reporters, adding, “We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are in all cases [doing well], I have not heard anything other [than that].”

He went on to …

A symbolic vote on abortion bills puts senators in close reelection races in a bind

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell typically doesn’t hold “show” votes on bills that stand little chance of passing the chamber, but he’s making an exception this week for two bills on a key issue for Republicans in 2020: restricting abortion.

The Senate will hold a vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and another called the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” which would require medical providers to “exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

Both bills are designed to drive the Republican goal …

Amazon is opening a supermarket with no cashiers. Is Whole Foods next?

Two years ago, Amazon introduced the idea of high-tech, cashierless shopping with a store that was a cross between a 7-Eleven and a Pret A Manger sandwich shop. Now, Amazon is bringing the same concept to a full-size supermarket.

On Tuesday, Amazon will open the doors to a 10,000-square-foot Amazon Go Grocery store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, less than a mile from the tech giant’s downtown Seattle headquarters. It’ll be stocked with 5,000 different products — from organic fruit to grass-fed beef — and outfitted with cameras, sensors, and computer vision that eliminate the need for shoppers to …

Silicon Valley asked Elizabeth Warren to help with a fundraiser. She said no — but only eventually.

Elizabeth Warren’s team in recent weeks explored ways to raise money from Silicon Valley donors without violating her ironclad fundraising pledge to not “sell access to my time,” Recode has learned.

The Democratic presidential campaign considered an inbound request to have a campaign representative — such as an endorser, a staff member, or a high-level volunteer leader — attend a now-canceled high-dollar event in the Bay Area, according to several people familiar with the discussions. Those talks coincided with a previously unreported event in San Francisco that raised about $12,000 for her campaign, hosted by local physicians and activists.

The …

Your free TurboTax alternative now belongs to TurboTax

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Financial software giant Intuit just bought itself another online personal finance startup — and the data of that startup’s tens of millions of customers. On Monday afternoon, the company announced that it was purchasing Credit Karma for $7.1 billion in cash and stock. Credit Karma began as a free credit monitoring service in 2007, but it recently expanded to offer savings accounts as well as tax preparation and filing software, making Credit Karma an up-and-coming competitor to Intuit’s popular TurboTax software.

The big selling point for Credit Karma is that — in stark contrast to TurboTax — its …

Hunters’ devastating ending and its two twists, explained

This article deals with the ending of the first season of Hunters. Spoilers follow.

Just when it looked like Jonah and the rest of his Nazi-hunting gang had saved the day — the day being the future of a world in which Nazis were about to launch a biological weapon that would decimate the human population — Hunters offered a stark reminder that heroism is never that simple, and that unlike what usually happens in the comic books the show references, good guys hardly ever win.

Spoilers below!

In the 10th and final episode of Hunters’ first season, after our group …

What Trump got right about white America

In the wake of the 2016 election, Tim Carney, a commentary editor at the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, began traveling across the country and poring through county-level data in an attempt to understand the forces that led to Donald Trump’s victory. The culprit, he argues, is not racism or economic anxiety; it’s the breakdown of social institutions.

In his new book, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse, Carney posits that for centuries religious (and other private) institutions formed a much-needed social glue that kept communities together. That social glue, …

Pete Buttigieg requests a review of Nevada caucuses results, citing “irregularities”

Shortly after conceding the Nevada caucuses to Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg began questioning the results there.

Late Saturday night, a letter from Buttigieg’s campaign to the chairman of the Nevada State Democratic Party made clear that the campaign has questions about what it says are “irregularities” in the results, the Nevada Independent reported.

In the letter, Buttigieg’s campaign requests all early vote and in-person vote totals be released by precinct, along with explanations for any “anomalies in the data.”

White House national security advisor denies Russian meddling on Trump’s behalf

White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien categorically denied reports that Russia has been interfering in the 2020 election in support of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign this weekend. And as he did so, O’Brien also promoted reports that Russia is meddling in the 2020 Democratic primary on behalf of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Last week, the New York Times reported that intelligence officials have determined that Russia has been working to support Trump’s reelection campaign. These officials reportedly warned the House Intelligence Committee, and briefed the president on their analysis as well. On Friday, it was revealed by the Washington Post

As Covid-19 cases rise, South Korea raises virus threat level to its maximum

In response to growing concerns about the spread of Covid-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus first observed in Wuhan, China — in South Korea, President Moon Jae-in has raised the country’s threat alert level to the highest of its four levels.

The country is currently struggling to stop the rapid spread of the novel virus, and has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world, 602 (not counting the passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked on the shores of Japan). In the span of less than a week, the number of confirmed South …