Politico
7 minutes
President-elect Donald Trump is considering tapping Sean Reyes, the attorney general of Utah, as the next chairman of the FTC, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. If selected, it would put Reyes, 45, — a rising Republican star — in charge of a Washington agency that has a role in reviewing major mergers and scrutinizing tech giants like Facebook and Google for their privacy and antitrust practices. It could spell a new headache for Google, in particular, as Reyes joined other state attorneys general last year in asking the FTC to consider re-opening its antitrust probe of the search giant. A spokesman for Reyes declined to comment. A spokesperson for the Trump transition didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. As attorney general, Reyes frequently joined with his Republican colleagues in suing the Obama administration in a variety of areas — from its use of federal lands to its position on transgender rights.
BBC One Wales
24 minutes
These are things we are going to consider. The leadership she has shown demonstrate the positive way in which the Prime Minister wants to engage with Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the regions of England.
Politico
34 minutes
Yet the merger of the companies – the second-largest deal announced last year -- hasn't been approved by the federal government that Trump now controls - and regulatory concerns remain, especially because it could reshape the world’s food supply. And Trump doesn't yet have an agriculture secretary to even consider whether the deal would help farmers and set policies on such mergers. The tactic shows how his hands-on style could create problems, how he’s blurring lines in the way traditional government works, and how committed he is to forcing companies to create new American jobs to fulfill his political promises. He has personally become involved in a number of deals, including bids to save jobs at auto plants and with Carrier, an Indiana air conditioning company. His tweets have rattled the stock market and sent company CEOs hurriedly rushing to Trump Tower for a meeting.
BBC One Wales
43 minutes
First Minister Carwyn Jones has welcomed Mrs May's speech, but says he'll continue to make the case for full access to the single market. Here's our Political Editor Nick Servini. The wheels are slowly turning on what many consider to be a hard Brexit.
BBC One Scotland
43 minutes
So, downfall sturgeon option one. What about option two, a special deal for Scotland? Theresa May said she would consider a plan put forward by the Scottish Government, but there are clear limits.
TIME - Top Stories
44 minutes
Its members would consist of the chairmen and ranking members of all relevant committees that have jurisdiction over cyber issues, as well as a designee appointed by the chairman of each committee. The committee would have the ability to convene hearings, consider legislation and call witnesses in order to produce reports updating Congress and the American public on its progress. Theres precedent for creating a select committee when there is a void in leadership on an issue. For example, the Senate Select Committee on Aging was created in 1961 to examine seniors issues prior to the passage of Medicare . The United States has not been effective enough in deterring bad cyber actors and encouraging responsible behavior in cyber space. Americans across the country agree. According to the Pew Research Center, seven in ten Americans feel that cyber warfare represents a major threat to the United States .
Politico
an hour
Yet the merger of the companies – the second-largest deal announced last year -- hasn't been approved by the federal government that Trump now controls - and regulatory concerns remain, especially because it could reshape the world’s food supply. And Trump doesn't yet have an agriculture secretary to even consider whether the deal would help farmers and set policies on such mergers. The tactic shows how his hands-on style could create problems, how he’s blurring lines in the way traditional government works, and how committed he is to forcing companies to create new American jobs to fulfill his political promises. He has personally become involved in a number of deals, including bids to save jobs at auto plants and with Carrier, an Indiana air conditioning company. His tweets have rattled the stock market and sent company CEOs hurriedly rushing to Trump Tower for a meeting.
Daily Star - Football
an hour
Edutopia
an hour
A collection of ideas to consider as you work to fuel your studentscuriosity.
ITV
an hour
Is this to call off industrial action. Is this an indication Southern is beginning to consider this an indication Southern is beginning to consider a compromise? It has agreed beginning to consider a compromise? It has agreed to intensive talks in a dispute over changes to the roles of conductors a dispute over changes to the roles of conductors on driver only operated trains. We of conductors on driver only operated trains. We do not know yet. The operated trains.
ITV
an hour
Council taxpayers contribute a third of a million pounds to hire stewards and more than 7,000 police are on duty. The London Assembly called on Sadiq Khan to get a grip on public safety, and said London's Mayor should consider all options. City Hall today rejected the idea of moving the carnival or cancelling it altogether. Another controversial suggestion is to make it a ticket only event, like the New Year's Eve fireworks.
Hackaday
an hour
Accurate timing is one of the most basic requirements for so much of the technology we take for granted, yet how many of us pause to consider the component that enables us to have it? The quartz crystal is our go-to standard when we need an affordable, known, and stable clock frequency for our microprocessors and other digital circuits. Perhaps it's time we took a closer look at it. The first electronic oscillators at radio frequencies relied on the electrical properties of tuned circuits featuring inductors and capacitors to keep them on-frequency. Tuned circuits are cheap and easy to produce, however their frequency stability is extremely affected by external factors such as temperature and vibration. Thus an RF oscillator using a tuned circuit can drift by many kHz over the period of its operation, and its timing can not be relied upon. Long before accurate timing was needed for computers, the radio transmitters of the 1920s and 1930s needed to stay on frequency, and considerable effort had to be maintained to keep a tuned-circuit transmitter on-target.
BBC Parliament
an hour
Scotland is the top destination for exports to the rest of the UK but the single market of the EU is Scotland's real growth market and eight times bigger than the UK market alone. As a man of the single market, Scotland doesn't just contribute to 5 billion people in Europe but we trade with the rest of the world through Europe as well. Today, we reiterate our request to seek common ground with the UK Government and to find a solution that will preserve the Scotland's membership of the European single market, and for the UK Government to seriously consider Scotland's place in Europe.
Futurity
an hour
Instead, he hypothesizes, women may tend to be more concerned with making sure their listeners understand what they are saying. Other studies, for example, have shown that in conversation women are more likely than men to backchannel, or provide verbal cues like uh huh to confirm understanding as the dialogue proceeds. Cohen Priva says the study has the potential to shed some light on the way people craft their utterances. One hypothesis in the field is that people choose what they intend to say and then slow their speech as they utter more rare or difficult words (e.g. if harder, then slower). But he says his data is consistent with a hypothesis that the overall speech rate dictates word choice and syntax (e.g. if faster, then simpler). We need to consider a model in which fast speakers consistently choose different types of words or have a preference for different types of words or structures, he says.
The Huffington Post
an hour
In response, NATO strategists are discussing ways to more forcefully demonstrate the Wests own capacity to use tactical nuclear arms in Europe, for example by including more nuclear-capable bombers in future NATO exercises. As a result, the firebreak between conventional and nuclear warfare -- that theoretical barrier to escalation -- seems to be narrowing, and you have a situation in which every crisis involving a nuclear state may potentially prove to be a nuclear crisis. With that in mind, consider the four most dangerous potential flashpoints for the new Trump administration. North Korea North Koreas stepped-up development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles may present the Trump administration with its first great international challenge. In recent years, the North Koreans appear to have made substantial progress in producing such missiles and designing small nuclear warheads to fit on them.
The Huffington Post
2 hours
If a headline or article is misleading or false, call it out by writing to the source. Further, consider whether the sources you are relying on lean progressive or conservative. If so, consider reading or viewing the same story from a source that leans the other way. Not only will you become more educated on the issues, your understanding will be more nuanced, thereby increasing your opportunity for meaningful dialogue about the actual issues that face our democracy. If we want our democracy to thrive, we must question and demand objectivity and truth in all reporting. Although the vast majority of Americans would like journalists and media to report objectively, as long as it remains economically or socially advantageous to promote false or completely partisan news, the current practice will proliferate. Stopping the spread of fake or stridently partisan news is up to us the consumer and is one way we can unleash hope in a news cycle that has capitalized on fear.
Collective Evolution
2 hours
That means you have to play along to prevent banks from falling. Hmm. Perhaps the biggest problem of the future, and probably already is, will be our lack of adaptation. Rather than change our ways big corporations will sell us medication to treat the symptoms. It’ll be as a overweight smoking junk food eater buying expensive medicines, but not changing his behavior. And the side effects of the medicine will bring new medicines. But hey, if you sell medicine, true healing means no sales, right? Exactly, thus the assumptions beneath our whole profit based outlook is sick as well. Recognize these problems and how hard they seem to solve or even address?Why arent enough people doing something about it? We have to consider that most people on our planet just want peace, a hopeful future for their children and have a warm family life. So they should care.
TIME - Top Stories
2 hours
Prasad says he thinks doctors should disclose their conflicts in their social media bios and consider flagging them when tweeting about drugs or clinical trials by companies they are paid by. Although there are cancer drugs with tremendous benefits, most cancer drugs have marginal benefits and real risk and harms, says Prasad. People deciding what treatment is right for them are in a tough situation. If part of what's shaping your view of these drugs is the opinion of thought leaders on Twitter, then I think you have the right to know if they are paid by drug companies.
BoingBoing
2 hours
In this episode, we explore its neurological underpinning as two neuroscientists at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute explain how their latest research sheds new light on how the brain reacts when its deepest beliefs are challenged. By placing subjects in an MRI machine and then asking them to consider counterarguments to their strongly held political beliefs, Jonas Kaplan’s and Sarah Gimbel’s research, conducted along with neuroscientist Sam Harris, revealed that when people were presented with evidence that alerted them to the possibility that their political beliefs might be incorrect, they reacted with the same brain regions that would come online if they were responding to a physical threat. “The response in the brain that we see is very similar to what would happen if, say, you were walking through the forest and came across a bear,” explains Gimbel in the episode.
Mondoweiss
3 hours
Mondoweiss
3 hours
Opposing Israel is not opposing Jewish people (on the contrary). Following are five reasons for which these accusations should be opposed and discredited: Jewish people are not a single monolithic group. Zionism and the State of Israel do not represent all Jews. To consider opposition to Israel as opposition to all Jews makes the assumption that Jews are all represented by the Israeli State – this is a racist assumption. (A similar argument is often made by Omar Barghouti ) The Zionist idea that Jewish people have a birth-given right to colonize Palestine comes out of a nineteenth century white European notion that Ashkenazi Jews are not Europeans, that they are “strange Asiatics” who come from the Middle East and therefore must all “return” to it. This is an unfounded and antisemitic argument. (Authoritatively articulated by Joseph Massad and others ) Accusing people who oppose the State of Israel of antisemitism is an equation that works both ways—it creates a false image of antisemites as people who uphold Palestinian rights.
Mondoweiss
3 hours
The Full Signal
3 hours
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BBC News 24
3 hours
She said Scotland has to be able to choose a different future. Our Scotland Editor Sarah Smith is in Glasgow. Directly in response to what Theresa May had to say about consulting the devolved institutions, Nicola Sturgeon said she has not seen evidence that Scotland's voice is being listened to and she also said that the UK Government cannot take Scotland out of the EU without Scotland having the ability to consider its future.