Slate
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You might not have noticed amid the concurrent to-dos over health care, the laptop ban, the Gorsuch hearings, and the overall miasma of meshugas surrounding the Trump administration, but last week the federal government’s capacity to borrow beyond its current debt level of $19.8 trillion ended .
AFFECTS Solar Wind Alert
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Last 2 hour extreme values: |B| = 5.9 nT, Bz = -4.5 nT and V = 687.3 km/s. With current threshold values: |B| > 15 nT, Bz 650 km/s.
NewsMax World
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Politico
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The dream of campaign against de Blasio is even less likely, especially since a few days after Bharara left his post the US Attorney’s office dropped the investigation. Petitioning to get on the ballot starts in June, and Bharara would have to move from his Westchester home and have residency in New York City by primary election day in September. It remains the dream of city and state Republicans that Bharara switch parties for his chance at higher office, but the mood of rank-and-file Republicans remains unfavorable towards the Schumer wing of the party, never mind the mood of the electorate as a whole in a Democratic state in the era of Trump. The ideal scenario for those who want to see Bharara in office would be for Cuomo to decide not to see re-election, and then for Bharara to either seek that seat, or, more likely, run for attorney general if the current-holder of that office, Eric Schneiderman, runs for governor.
The Event Chronicle
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By Kevin Maney A man old enough to be Mark Zuckerberg’s great-grandfather just unveiled energy storage technology that might save the planet. John Goodenough is 94, and his current work could be the key to Tesla’s future—much as, decades ago, his efforts were an important part of Sony’s era of dominance in portable gadgets. Over the years, Goodenough has scuffled with Warren Buffett, wound up screwed by global patent wars, never got rich off a headline-grabbing initial public offering and defied the American tech industry’s prejudice that says old people can’t innovate. Contrast that with the way we celebrate Evan Spiegel, who at 26 is worth $5 billion because he co-created Snapchat, an app that will probably impact humanity over the long run as profoundly as Cap’n Crunch cereal. Maybe. Goodenough announced in early March that he and his team at the University of Texas at Austin had invented a glass-based battery that blows away the performance of every previous kind of battery, including lithium-ion batteries—which were invented in the 1980s by…him.
BMW Blog
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BMW’s new Z4 is built under the internal codename G29 and aims to take on the likes of the Porsche 718 Boxter. And to do so, it has to go through some rigorous testing, like this winter trials in Sweden. As seen in the video below, the folding hard-top of the Z4 has been replaced by a lighter and easier to accommodate fabric roof. The new Z4 derives chassis components and engineering solutions from the current 3 Series and its various derivatives, including the rear axle and five-link rear suspension from the M3/M4. While this new Z4 does look like it’s going to be a bit longer than before, it still has the long hood and short rear deck. The new platform has been engineered to support petrol-electric hybrid power and four-wheel drive. Sources suggest the BMW roadster will weigh little more than 1400kg in turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder entry-level guise.
Washingtons Blog
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If we want to stop terrorism, we have to stop overthrowing Arab leaders and invading Arab countries to grab their oil. V. Stop Drone Assassinations of Innocent Civilians Top U.S. warfighting experts say that American drone strikes INCREASE terrorism (and see this ). And yet Trump has increased drone strikes by 432% . If we want to stop creating new terrorists, we have to stop the drone strikes. VI. Stop Torture Top U.S. terrorism and interrogation experts agree that torture creates more terrorists . Indeed, the leaders of ISIS were motivated by U.S. torture . Once again, we have a very current example: Charlie Hebdo-murdering Frenchterrorist Cherif Kouchi told a court in 2005 that he wasn't radical until he learned about U.S. torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. If we want to stop creating new terrorists, we have to stop torturing ... permanently.
Washington Free Beacon
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Current gun-carry permit holders would have to take the training before they would be eligible to carry in the affected locations. The law passed despite fierce opposition from some Democrats who were upset with several of the provisions, including the campus-carry rules. "People like to have a good time before the game, during the game, people get emotional and angry during the game," Democratic Rep. Greg Leding told the wire service. "I think the idea of introducing loaded weapons into those situations is just ridiculous." Gun-rights proponents praised the law and said it would make the state safer. "Only criminals can find safety in gun-free zones," Chris Cox, head of the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm, said in a statement. "By allowing enhanced permit holders to carry in more places, Gov. Hutchinson has made Arkansas a safer place to live.
Leicester Mercury
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The Miss Leicestershire contest is just a few days away with 18 girls aiming to win the title.Fresh from a dancing tour of Sri Lanka, current Miss Leicestershire Megan Elliott will crown her successor at the Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester, on Friday.Read more: Mother's Day 2017: 7 places to take your mumMegan will be hosting the event with First Dates star Linford Martin.The winner will be invited to take part in the Miss England finals at Resorts World Birmingham on July 14. And to get...
Voice Of America
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"Given the current evidence, there is no indication that this was a terrorist attack," police say. A Syrian man wounds 15 people when he blows himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach in southern Germany. Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack. The 27-year-old arrived in Germany two years ago and claimed asylum. He had been in trouble with the police repeatedly for drug-taking and other offences and had faced deportation to Bulgaria. July 22, 2016 - An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman apparently acting alone kills at least nine people in Munich. The teenager had no Islamist ties but was obsessed with mass killings. The attack was carried out on the fifth anniversary of twin attacks by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik that killed 77 people. July 18, 2016 - A 17-year-old Afghan refugee wielding an axe and a knife attacks passengers on a train in southern Germany, severely wounding four, before being shot dead by police.
The Truth About Cars
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The Event Chronicle
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Two area of Antarctic green ice located by Landsat 8 The green color is most likely caused by phytoplankton, at least according to marine glaciologist Jan Lieser of Australia’s Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research. The microalgae has been seen in Antarctic ice before, with the most famous green ice occurrence being photographed in late February and early March of 2012 when a green mass was seen measuring 200 km by 100 km (20,000 sq. km) or 124 miles by 62 miles (7688 sq miles) – much bigger than the current one. The green ice was also seen near Granite Harbor in 2015. However, that green ice occurred in the late summer when phytoplankton normally occurs and is on the decline. The current frigid algae bloom is in early autumn and is increasing, even though the waters are getting colder as winter approaches. Another mystery involves where in the ice the algae is located.
Politico
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Former Vice President Joe Biden will join lawmakers on the steps of the Capitol in a display of resistance. Waiting on the CBO. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has not yet released a score for the latest version of the bill, though it could come as early as Wednesday. The CBO score of an earlier draft estimated that 24 million fewer people would be insured by 2026 under the legislation — a projection that evoked deep concern among some centrist lawmakers. CBO also said the bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion dollars over the next decade. The Brookings Institution analyzed the amended bill and concluded that the reduction in coverage would likely stay around the same or potentially be higher than the CBO’s estimate. House bill DOA in the Senate. The House bill, in it's current form, does not have enough support from Senate Republicans to pass the upper chamber.
Voice Of America
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Security experts say the current border systems are failing to tackle that homegrown terror threat; but, in Europe, there remains strong political support for freedom of movement, seen as one of the pillars of the EU.
Universe Today
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Curiosity's Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada, also at JPL was similarly optimistic in his appraisal of this latest news : This is an expected part of the life cycle of the wheels and at this point does not change our current science plans or diminish our chances of studying key transitions in mineralogy higher on Mount Sharp. At present, Curiosity is examining sand dunes in the geographical region known as the Murray formation, which is located on the slope of Mount Sharp. Once finished, it will proceed up higher to an feature known as Vera Rubin Ridge, inspecting a layer that contains the mineral hematite. From there, it will proceeded to even higher elevations to inspect layers that contain clays and sulfates. Getting to the farthest destinations (the sulfate unit) will require another 6 km (3.
Goal
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Washingtons Blog
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In theory, democracy enables advocacy by a variety of groups in order to reach a consensual solution to problems shared by everyone. In practice, the advocacy is limited to a select group of insiders, donors and the various fronts of the wealthy: foundations, think-tanks, lobbyists, etc. Does anyone think America's democracy is still capable of solving the truly major long-term problems threatening the nation? Based on what evidence? What we see is a corrupt machine of governance that kicks every can down the road rather than suffer the blowback of honestly facing problems that will require deep sacrifices and changes in the status quo. We see a dysfunctional machine of governance that changes the name of legislation and proposes policy tweaks, while leaving the rapacious cartels untouched. (See the current sickcare debate for examples.
Western Morning News
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TIME - Top Stories
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Prom season is nigh, which means that the exciting (and at times, bewildering) process of asking someone to the event is imminent. However, a high school in Freeport, Illinois is taking a unique approach to helping their students find prom dates: the lottery system. According to Illinois' WREX , Aquin High School has been using the luck of the draw to help pair off their students for nine decades, with this year being the 91st lottery. Male students draw names of female students in the school library, while girls wait for them in the school's gym. After the names are drawn, a skit is performed to reveal who their dates are. The lottery system started in 1926, to ensure that all students had a date to prom, but the current students still think it's a great tradition. New dates, new skits, it's always fun, said Senior student Dennis Neery.
Daily Mail - Science
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Leicester Mercury
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The Miss Leicestershire contest is just a few days away with 18 girls aiming to win the title.Fresh from a dancing tour of Sri Lanka, current Miss Leicestershire Megan Elliott will crown her successor at the Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester, on Friday.Read more: Mother's Day 2017: 7 places to take your mumMegan will be hosting the event with First Dates star Linford Martin.The winner will be invited to take part in the Miss England finals at Resorts World Birmingham on July 14. And to get...
Lincolnshire Echo
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Politico
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Politico
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday that the White House has “no plan B” on replacing Obamacare and that the current House bill is getting “tremendous support” from Republicans. The optimistic statements are at odds with the current count of GOP lawmakers ahead of Thursday’s expected vote. Earlier on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the House Freedom Caucus said more than 25 members are opposed to the legislation. With all Democrats expected to vote against the plan, it would take 22 Republican no votes to block it. Member by member we're seeing tremendous support flow in our direction, Spicer said at Wednesday's White House press briefing with reporters. The count keeps getting stronger for us. When asked what would happen if the American Health Care Act does not get enough votes on Thursday to pass, Spicer said that the administration had no plan B.