The only way Biden can win the presidency

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden officially launched his presidential campaign in Philadelphia on Saturday. Presenting himself as the antidote to President Donald Trump, Biden promised that he would unite and bring the nation together again. “I am running to offer our country — Democrats, Republicans and independents — a different path,” he said. One of the biggest and most important developments in recent American politics has been the extreme rightward shift of the Republican Party. When Biden talks about the possibility of bipartisanship in the near future, he ignores the extremism that has been front and center in recent years. While some observers still like to talk about extremism on “both sides” of the political aisle, the shift has been …

Vulnerable Republicans Who Backed Obamacare Repeal Aren’t As Fired Up Now

WASHINGTON ― In 2017, now-Arizona Sen. Martha McSally really, really wanted to repeal Obamacare. McSally, then a congresswoman, reportedly stood up in the middle of a GOP conference meeting and urged her colleagues to vote for a bill to gut the signature Democratic domestic policy achievement of the past decade, telling them to get this “” done. McSally, who later lost a Senate race for one of Arizona’s seats before being appointed to the other, now has a different outlook. “It’s not about government-run health care or about repealing Obamacare in its entirety,” she said in a earlier this month. “It’s about bringing the cost down.” McSally is denying her change in tone marks a significant shift ― she said …

How the US-Iran oil standoff could hurt the economy

New York (CNN Business)The American economy is already absorbing a body blow from the deepening US-China trade war. A real war could be more than the decade-long economic expansion can handle. “Oil shocks have killed more US economic expansions over the last 40 years than any other single cause,” Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, wrote in a note to clients. Besides long lines at gas stations, the Saudi oil embargo of 1973-1974 helped set off a jump in oil prices that crippled the economy. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 also led to a recession in the United States. Similarly, the US economy slipped into a downturn after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and again following the US overthrow of …

With a stroke of his pen, Trump worsens Europe’s Huawei dilemma

(CNN)As if Europe didn’t have enough to worry about. The Huawei issue cuts to the heart of tensions between security and economic interests when it comes to China and Chinese influence. While many countries around the world share Washington’s suspicion — even hostility — towards Beijing, they are unwilling to take the economic hit that openly standing apart from China would entail. UK in chaos Nowhere will Trump’s order cause more chaos — outside perhaps Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen — than in the United Kingdom. Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May fired her defense secretary, Gavin Williamson, after it was alleged he was the source of a news report that the UK was preparing to give Huawei access …

Vandals trash model railway show

One contributor, Barry Cave, posted on the page: “Horrendous act of vandalism, hope my donation helps a little”. Image copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club Image caption Some of the exhibits were worth thousands of pounds The club had set up the exhibition in the school for viewing on Sunday. Mr Davies, who trained as a teacher and youth worker, said he was in “total confusion” over the vandalism. “Models that were made over years were trodden on and thrown around. It’s a total wanton destruction of the highest order. “I’ve never experienced anything like it. A hurricane would have done less damage.” Image copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club Image caption The vandals did “more damage than a hurricane” …

Booth babes cause controversy at business show

But in recent years there has been more criticism of this as a promotional tactic. In a statement to the BBC, organisers of the event said: “The Prysm Media Group, would like to sincerely apologise to those who feel upset about certain garments worn by associates of exhibitors during the 2019 Business Show. “We would like to thank those who pointed this issue out as this is a great opportunity for us to better our business practices.” The company in question, VLSA Ltd, paid the women £100 plus £20 expenses for each of the two days, requiring them to wear branded dresses, distribute fliers and pose for photographs at the exhibition. A spokesperson for the firm said there had been …

Teens in care ‘abandoned to crime gangs’

As part of a special series of reports, Britain’s Hidden Children’s Homes, Newsnight has learned that – according to figures from the Department for Education – around 5,000 looked after children in England are living in so-called 16+ supported or semi-supported accommodation – up from 2,900 10 years ago. Children in care ‘unnecessarily criminalised’ Counting the kids in gangs Thousands of teens living alone ‘in care’ This type of accommodation is not inspected or registered by Ofsted, even though residents are in the care of the state. But because they are deemed to be receiving support, rather than care, the accommodation is not subject to the same checks and inspections as registered children’s homes. Local authorities can pay to place …

Washington pioneers public health care option, but controlling costs remains tricky

(CNN)Washington, DC, may be gridlocked over what to do about health care, but Washington state is blazing a trail for progressives looking to lower costs and expand coverage. In addition, the state’s efforts lay bare the challenges of getting the government more involved in health care. The Affordable Care Act bill originally contained a public option, but the contentious provision was ultimately struck before it became law amid opposition from the industry and some members of Congress. Some argued that a public option wasn’t needed to boost coverage, said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, managing director at Manatt Health, who worked on the law’s passage and implementation for the Obama administration. “Ten years later, we may feel differently about what’s necessary,” she said. …

Not flying won’t save the planet. But it’s a start

(CNN)At first glance, assuming personal responsibility for climate change — and in response, bending over backward to trim your carbon footprint — might appear pointless. The reality is that by taking small steps to reduce your impact — going vegan, forswearing air travel or paying for green electricity — you, as a single person, won’t reduce our carbon pollution enough to make a tangible difference in preserving our earth. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take these steps. Such actions by individual consumers can add up and influence industrial sectors to reduce the carbon emissions of our consumption-obsessed economies — and influence states to create climate-protection policies. And only through these big-scale efforts from the government and the private sector …

Fact checking Trump’s Buy America strategy of avoiding tariffs

(CNN)In attempting to justify his decision to raise tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports into the US, President Donald Trump has suggested that paying the tariffs is a voluntary decision by US consumers and businesses, and that the best way to avoid them is not to buy Chinese-made products. In other words, just buy American, Trump argues. Part of the problem is that the US no longer has the manufacturing base it once did. According to Robert E. Scott, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, over the past two decades, the US has lost roughly a third of its manufacturing capacity, as more than 90,000 factories have closed and 5 million manufacturing jobs have been …

Theresa May Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom. Father: Hubert Brasier, Anglican vicar Mother: Zaidee (Barnes) Brasier Marriage: Philip May (1980-present) Education: St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, Geography, 1974-1977 Religion: Anglican Other Facts: Has Type 1 diabetes. Was the first female chairman of the Conservative Party. Was introduced to her husband in 1976 at an Oxford Conservative Association dance by Benazir Bhutto, later the prime minister of Pakistan. Lost both of her parents in her twenties. Co-founded Women2Win, an organization dedicated to increasing the amount of conservative women in Parliament. Is the second female prime minister of Great Britain. Margaret Thatcher was the first. She served from 1979 to 1990. Timeline:1977 – …

Why America Cant Solve Homelessness

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The lunch rush at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall is a snapshot of the changing character of American homelessness. The first thing that strikes you is the sheer number of people the soup kitchen serves. The line outside starts forming two hours before the food is ready. Diners file in, eat quickly and get up as soon as they’re finished. They know someone is waiting outside for their seat. : Just give homeless people homes. In 2005, the state and its capital started providing no-strings-attached apartments to the “chronically” homeless — people who had lived on the streets for at least a year and suffered from mental illness, substance abuse or a physical disability. …

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes. Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, shadow energy secretary. Installing solar plans on social homes and those with low-incomes is part of Labour’s plan to “usher in a Green Industrial Revolution in housing, transport and industry – creating over 400,000 jobs and tackling climate change”. Image copyright SSE However, Dan Neidle, a partner at law firm Clifford Chance, told the BBC that Labour’s nationalisation plans could contravene international law, because of suggestions that it would not necessarily pay stock market value to buy back the assets. He …

London Bridge nurse killed treating waiter

Gareth Patterson QC, the lawyer for her family, said Ms Boden got up within seconds of the crash. The off-duty nurse, who worked at Guy’s Hospital, was thinking of others rather than her own safety, he said. Image copyright Press Association Image caption The victims of the attack clockwise from top left – Chrissy Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, Sébastien Bélanger, Ignacio Echeverria, Xavier Thomas, Sara Zelenak, Kirsty Boden Victims of the London Bridge attack London Bridge attack: What happened Courtroom in awe at selflessness BBC reporter Hanna Yusuf, at the inquest Dreams, hopes and friendships were terminated on the night Australian nurse Kirsty Boden lost her life. The courtroom watched in awe as footage of a selfless Ms Boden …

Nurse confronted London Bridge attacker

“I wanted to die round the corner with my family.” ‘Soulless and evil’ Ms Kennett had been drinking prosecco to celebrate her birthday with her mother and sister in the courtyard of Boro Bistro, at the southern end of London Bridge. Minutes after she saw the attackers’ van plough into railings above where they were sitting, she noticed a waiter, Mr Pigeard, was bleeding. She told the court she then saw the man holding a knife behind Mr Pigeard, describing him as having an “empty”, “soulless” and “evil” look in his eyes. “Before I could process what I was seeing was happening… he stabbed me in the neck to the left side,” she said. Image copyright Press Association Image caption …

LED lights damage eyes and disturb sleep, European health authority warns

(CNN)The blue light in LED lighting that is increasingly used in our homes can damage the eye’s retina while disturbing our biological and sleep rhythms, a French health authority warned in a new report. LEDs or light-emitting diodes consist of a semiconductor chip positioned on a reflective surface; when electricity runs through the semiconductor, light is produced. Blue light itself is not new. Sunlight produces rays of blue that have higher energy than other wavelengths in the light spectrum. And old-fashioned lightbulbs produced some blue light, though less than what is emitted by energy-efficient curlicue (fluorescent) lightbulbs or LEDs. LEDs are “undergoing rapid technological and economic development as a new source of lighting. For many years, they were only used …