How Boris Johnson went from political caricature to delivering a Margaret Thatcher-like election win
- Their view was solidified in 2016, when he controversially broke ranks from the Conservative government in which he served to lead the campaign to leave the European Union.
- His decision was widely thought to be a stunt that would give Johnson a better chance of taking over as leader from David Cameron, once the Europe question was settled -- most likely by the UK voting to remain in the EU.
- A former Downing Street advisor told CNN that while Cameron's team "knew that Johnson was a formidable campaigner," they thought his "general incompetence" would hinder the Vote Leave campaign.
- When Cameron stood down as prime minister after losing the Brexit vote, politics had been turned on its head and Johnson was the obvious frontrunner to replace him.
Shopping Sucks Now
- I go to any number of shopping digest sites, which tell me one or a few of the best things of a particular category to buy, in this case, gloves.
- I don’t want to buy them and have to online-return them—and they are sold out online anyway, due to having been recommended by most of the online shopping digest sites on Earth—so I find out they are sold in-store at a particular big box store in the city, supposedly in my size.
- And this is actually a two-part problem: It takes x-approaches-infinity amount of time to achieve this level of knowledge; theoretically, as much as you ever wanted to know about gloves, the internet, (and by extension anyone who might ever offer you yet more info on what makes a good glove) can teach you.
Boris Johnson won the election but he may struggle to keep the UK together
- While Johnson's Conservative Party punched huge holes in Labour's red wall in the north of England and Wales with a dominant performance in England outside London, it fell back in Scotland -- in a set of results that reverse surprising gains from 2017 and may set a constitutional time bomb ticking.
- Across the water in Northern Ireland, the pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party leader in Westminster Nigel Dodds, who propped up the minority Conservative government after its disastrous 2017 election lost his seat in North Belfast.
- And Johnson, who after all leads the Conservative and Unionist Party, has said he will not grant Scotland another referendum and his big majority means he won't have to.
- But if the SNP follows its bumper night on Thursday with another landslide in the elections for the Scottish parliament in 2021 -- probably on an independence vote platform, the tensions between Scotland and London could become unsustainable.
All the 2020 Democrats in next week's debate threaten to skip event, refuse to cross picket line
- All of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates threatened Friday to skip next week's debate as they pledged support for workers in a contract dispute at the university where it will take place.
- The seven contenders who qualified said they will not cross a picket line at Loyola Marymount University, where the Democratic National Committee will hold Thursday's debate.
- UNITE HERE 11, a culinary union that represents 150 workers at the university, said it will boycott the event after negotiations with food services company Sodexo fell apart.
- The other six candidates in the debate followed in saying they would not cross the picket line at Loyola Marymount.
- UNITE HERE 11, which represents about 32,000 hospitality workers in southern California and Arizona, said workers started picketing at Loyola Marymount last month.
- Sodexo canceled scheduled negotiations last week, the union said.
US and China aim to sign phase one deal in January, top Trump trade official says
- The United States and China hope to sign a phase one trade deal in the first week of January, nearly two years after President Donald Trump launched his trade war, his top trade advisor said Friday.
- U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, one of the lead negotiators in talks with Chinese officials, also told reporters it would still be wise to be skeptical of whether China would deliver on certain agreements.
- The Trump administration has not promised a future rollback of tariffs, Lighthizer said, adding it would be wise to be skeptical on whether China would deliver on certain agreements.
- Earlier Friday, Trump and Chinese officials announced that the U.S. and China had agreed to the phase one agreement.
- China agreed to billions of dollars in agricultural purchases from the U.S., while Trump said he would not move ahead with a new round of tariffs on Sunday, among other items.
Facebook lost some hard drives in a car break-in, but former employees probably shouldn't worry — here's why
- In fact the announcement is possibly a testament to Facebook's improved transparency on data protection issues, and the heightened regulatory obligations for telling affected people when there data could possibly be viewed by an outside party.
- It follows that the Facebook equipment will probably have had the same fate, it's contents wiped, any identifying stickers removed and then propped up for sale on eBay. They may have simply ended up in a massive Bay Area warehouse, like in this case from 2018, where hundreds of laptops and other equipment that had been stolen in cars were recovered, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
- This has meant that Facebook in particular -- under the microscope as it is -- will probably continue to report every, single arcane and non-impactful security and privacy incident that it experiences as a company.
We should all be appalled by Donald Trump's tweet about Greta Thunberg
- So that the president of the United States would tell a 16-year-old with Asperger's -- a condition most distinguished by difficulty with social interactions -- to make some friends and, basically, relax, fits nicely into that pattern of behavior.
- What's truly troubling -- and what makes me genuinely mad -- about all of this is that we won't hear condemnation from supporters of Trump (in elected office and out) for this absolutely appalling behavior.
- Because common decency would dictate that, as a society, we don't condone an adult bullying a 16-year-old girl online.
- And yet, when the single most powerful person in the country bullies a 16-year-old girl with Asperger's, there's no reasonable expectation that everyone -- Republican, Democrat and people who could care less about politics -- will roundly condemn this behavior.
- Our common humanity should dictate that we don't let the President -- or ANY adult -- bully a kid, right?
Trump halts new China tariffs and rolls back some of the prior duties on $120 billion of imports
- President Donald Trump said Friday that as part of the U.S.-China trade deal, Washington will not charge Beijing with any new tariffs and will slightly reduce existing tariffs.
- The Office of the United States Trade Representative confirmed that the U.S. will be maintaining 25% tariffs on approximately $250 billion of Chinese imports while reducing tariffs on $120 billion in products to 7.5%.
- The USTR's office added that the "Phase One" agreement struck between the U.S. and China also includes a commitment by Beijing to make "substantial" purchases of American goods in the coming years.
- The deal also involves intellectual property, technology transfers, agricultural goods, financial services and expansion of trade, Chinese officials said.
- The United States first imposed tariffs on imports from China in January 2018 and based its sanctions on what it argues are illegal acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
Trump says US will lower China tariffs as part of interim trade agreement
- "They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more." Trump said the US would lower the tariff rate on $120 billion worth of Chinese products to 7.5% from 15% as part of the agreement and cancel plans to target virtually all imports from that country Sunday.
- China announced moments earlier that the two sides had reached the text of a so-called phase one deal, which could pave the way for a broader pact to defuse a 19-month trade dispute between the largest economies.
- Trump said the US would lower the tariff rate on $120 billion worth of Chinese products to 7.5% from 15% as part of the agreement and cancel plans to target virtually all imports from that country Sunday.
Trump says China trade deal report 'completely wrong'
- Trump claimed Friday that recent media reports on an interim trade agreement with China were false.
- China announced early Friday that trade officials would hold a briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET.
- "The Wall Street Journal story on the China Deal is completely wrong, especially their statement on Tariffs," the president wrote on Twitter.
- President Donald Trump sowed confusion around trade negotiations early Friday, claiming that recent media reports on an interim trade agreement with China were not accurate.
- The Wall Street Journal reported a day earlier that US negotiators had offered to lower tariffs on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese products.