Spotify just painted a big target on Apple's back, and the iPhone maker should worry if antitrust regulators start aiming at it (AAPL, SPOT)

The complaint Spotify filed against Apple with European competition regulators on Wednesday represents a real danger to the iPhone maker. Spotify's complaint looks legitimate and is similar to those successfully made against Microsoft and Google. European regulators have been much tougher in recent years in cracking down on tech companies anti-competitive moves than American antitrust regulators. Should they find Apple guilty of abusing its market power, the company could face big fines and re...
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White House Memo: Trump on Tech: Planes Are ‘Too Complex to Fly,’ and ‘What Is Digital?’

Experts cite the need to bolster the nation’s infrastructure and science initiatives, but President Trump has often embraced a 1950s approach to technology.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s death penalty moratorium lauded and lambasted

As workers dismantled California’s apple-green execution chamber Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s death penalty moratorium was criticized as a slap in the face to voters and praised as a strike for humanity. Newsom’s executive order, blocking execution for 737 prisoners on death row at San Quentin State Prison, came just as efforts to hasten executions were beginning to pick up steam in the aftermath of a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters. There has not been an execution in the state since 20...
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Tax breaks can help pay many college costs

College and its ever-increasing costs certainly have gotten a lot of attention. There's the group of Democrats seeking their party's 2020 presidential nomination. Obviously spurred by the enthusiastic supporters of Independent-turned-temporary-Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders and his promise of free college, many other White House wannabes also are talking up educational assistance. Then there's this week's Operation Varsity Blues. You might not have caught the name, but let me drop two others to s...
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MPs told to pass Brexit deal by next Wednesday or face long article 50 extension - as it happened

MPs vote by 321 to 278 to rule out no deal despite government whipping Tory MPs against motion, following 312-308 win for Spelman amendmentFull story: May’s final warning to Tory rebels: back me or lose BrexitHow did each MP vote?What were the no-deal amendments?Evening summary 1.57am GMT Folks, it’s time to wrap up the blog for the night. I’ll be back in a few hours to launch a new Politics live blog, bringing you all of Thursday’s Brexit and other political news. A reminder of what’s on th...
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Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid

WASHINGTON — Beto O’Rourke will announce on Thursday that he is running for president in 2020, according to El Paso TV station KTSM-TV. O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who came close to defeating Ted Cruz in last year’s Senate race, confirmed his plans in a text message to the station. Speculation about his announcement has […]
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‘Premium processing’ resumed for all eligible H-1B visa applications

The $1,410 fee for speedier handling of H-1B applications pays for processing within 15 days if submitted materials are in order.
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Qualtrics X4 2019: What do Sir Richard Branson, Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey have to say about creating better experiences?

I was at Qualtrics’ X4 Summit in Salt Lake City last week. The two-day event featured a heavy-hitting mainstage line-up including President Barack Obama, Sir Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Adam Silver, Oprah Winfrey, and dozens of breakouts about new developments across Qualtrics’ product line. You might wonder what a former President and industry moguls have […]
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Senate Confirms Neomi Rao to Replace Brett Kavanaugh on Key Appeals Court

Ms. Rao, who heads a White House office on regulatory affairs, was confirmed, 53-46, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals in Washington.
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Senate moves to end Trump's border wall emergency declaration – live

Proposal would deal blow to president but Trump indicates he would veto legislation against national emergency declarationSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 10.15pm GMT The US is prepared to use cyber operations to strike back more aggressively against the growing threats of cyberattacks and interference in the 2020 presidential elections, the Associated Press is reporting. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command, says the military learned a lot as it worked with...
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Goldwater a cautionary tale for Second Amendment Supporters

Barry Goldwater with Lyndon Baines Johnson. Second Amendment supporters must learn from Goldwater's mistakes in the 1964 election. (White House photo) Arizona/United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- In 1968, Second Amendment supporters nearly found themselves in a deep hole. By a slim margin, they were able to keep a licensing and registration scheme that Johnson wanted out of the Gun Control Act of 1968. This greatly angered Lyndon Johnson, who denounced the “gun lobby” for the omission of the mean...
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Senate Rebukes Trump Over Saudi War In Yemen

The Senate has passed a resolution aimed at ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war in Yemen, a rebuke to President Trump that may force him to issue the first veto of his presidency. The resolution passed by 54-46 with bipartisan support, the culmination of a years-long effort led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to claw back Congress’s constitutional war powers and end American support for a humanitarian disaster in Yemen. “Today, we in the S...
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2 Months After Steve King Praised White Nationalism, Trump Hasn’t Disavowed Him

The Iowa congressman has been talking lately about his access to the White House and personal influence with Trump.
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Lee Joins Other GOPers In Announcing Vote Against Trump’s Emergency Declaration

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced Wednesday that he would vote to block the national emergency President Donald Trump declared to secure more funds for a border wall. After Trump indicated earlier in the day that he would not support an effort by Lee to reign in presidential emergency powers somewhat, Lee said in a statement that, as a result, “I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration.” The Utah senator joins Senate Democrats and four of the chamber’s Republicans who’ve sai...
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Trump Shows Openness on Xi Summit Terms to Soothe China Concerns

“We could do it either way,” Trump told reporters Wednesday at the White House. Chinese officials have growing increasingly wary of putting Xi in a position where he might be embarrassed by an unpredictable Trump or forced into last-minute concessions. While appearing to address Chinese concerns, Trump also warned on Wednesday that he’ll reject a deal he doesn’t like.
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Trump issues warning to GOP senators

Sources tell CNN the White House is warning Republicans there could be consequences in 2020 if they vote against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration at the southern border. Conservative writer Bill Kristol discusses with CNN's Jake Tapper.
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Senate Republican delivers blow to Trump border emergency

Republican Senator Mike Lee, who had been shopping a second bill that would keep the emergency declaration in effect temporarily, said on Wednesday the White House had said Trump would not support his proposal, so he would be voting on Thursday to end the emergency declaration. "For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch," Lee said in a statement. "I will be voting to terminate the latest emergency declaration." The Utah lawmaker was the fifth...
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Trump warns senators: Bad to vote against border security

Sources tell CNN the White House is warning Republicans there could be consequences in 2020 if they vote against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration at the southern border. Conservative writer Bill Kristol discusses with CNN's Jake Tapper.
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A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

'We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …' Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013 'We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.' Donald Trump, inaugural address, 2017Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distri...
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Brexit: MPs told to pass deal by next Wednesday or face long article 50 extension - Politics live

MPs vote by 321 to 278 to rule out no deal despite government whipping Tory MPs against motion, following 312-308 win for Spelman amendmentHow did each MP vote?What were the no-deal amendments? 8.25pm GMT The division lists for tonight’s three votes should be on the Commons website here (although it has been crashing). 8.23pm GMT This is from Alasdair de Costa at the Institute for Government showing how cabinet ministers voted on the main motion.Five attending members of the Cabinet did ...
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Trump announces news conference at U.S.-Mexico border within three weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration would have a news conference at the southern U.S. border with Mexico in the next three weeks, as he continues to seek congressional backing for a wall there. "We're going to have a news conference at the border over the next three weeks," Trump told reporters at a briefing at the White House on drug trafficking. The U.S. Congress is on the verge of issuing a sharp rebuke to Trump over his declaration of a...
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What the Hell is Going On With Brexit? Catch Up with These Flowcharts

Today is a big day for Brexit negotiations. Members of Parliament are debating the “No Deal” exit, a plan that would have the UK leave the EU on March 29th with no formal organization or coordination whatsoever between the two entities. Should this happen, it would almost certainly cause economic chaos in not only the…Read more...
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The Fight Over Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is Symbolic. But It Still Matters

President Donald Trump’s border wall began as a symbol of his approach to immigration, so it’s only fitting that it may be rejected symbolically on Thursday as well. At least four Senate Republicans are positioned to join Senate Democrats on a resolution rejecting his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S. southern border, enough…
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Brexit: May suffers fresh defeat as MPs rule out no deal by majority of four – Politics live

MPs vote 312-308 for Spelman amendment after May’s withdrawal-deal defeatThe no-deal amendmentsMay to vote against no dealCivil service left floundering 7.23pm GMT MPs are now voting on the Green amendment (aka the Malthouse compromise one).This is what it says.At end, add “; notes the steps taken by the government, the EU and its member states to minimise any disruption that may occur should the UK leave the EU without an agreed withdrawal agreement and proposes that the government should b...
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Trump follows lead of other nations and grounds Boeing 737 Max planes

US had stood virtually alone in allowing the plane to keep flying after Canada joined growing list of nations that grounded aircraftDonald Trump grounded Boeing’s 737 Max fleet on Wednesday, days after the second fatal crash involving the plane in five months.Issuing an emergency order, Trump said all 737 Max jets in the US would now be grounded. “Planes that are in the air will be grounded if they are the 737 Max. Will be grounded upon landing at their destination,” Trump told reporters at the ...
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President Trump Blasts Theory That First Lady Melania Trump Uses a Body Double

Trump blames the so-called "fake news" for altering the photos
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Americans Can Do Two Things at the Same Time

Surely we have heard and seen enough by now that any lingering “optimism” about Trump governing as an anti-interventionist in foreign affairs has totally evaporated. What Trump promised in foreign policy terms in 2016, and what he instead delivered, are two radically different things—the same could be said of Obama, the so-called peace candidate of […]
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Russia’s Law To Ban Online ‘Disrespect’ Of Its Government Isn’t Just Morally Repugnant, It’s Bad For Russian Innovation

It doesn't seem smart to fine and jail people for doing something that would actually improve your country's competitiveness.
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The Judge Who Sentenced Paul Manafort Rebuked Him for ‘Lies’

Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort 'it's hard to overstate the number of lies' involved
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U.S. Reverses Course, Grounds Boeing 737 Max Planes

President Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. will ground Boeing 737 Max 8s and 9s after a deadly crash over the weekend in Ethiopia.The U.S. will issue an "emergency order to ground all 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9, and planes associated with that line," Trump said at the White House."Pilots have been notified, airlines have been all notified. Airlines are agreeing with this. The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern," Trump said.A brand-new Ethiopian Airlines...
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