The New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment
- The New York Times has joined a growing list of prominent newspapers and publications that are openly calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
- The piece opened up citing the most recent events in the escalating impeachment proceedings: the two articles of impeachment the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve on Friday.
- Though the Times' board was somewhat critical of the rapid pace of the impeachment inquiry into Trump, it offered an even more forceful rebuke of the president's "stonewalling" of Congress throughout the process — and his refusal to offer a formal defense.
- The board also mentioned that there were arguably grounds for impeachment discussions within the early stages of Trump's presidency.
- The last line of the piece makes it clear that the editorial board at The Times believes the decision to impeach and therefore defend both the "Constitution and the Republic" is in the hands of the House of Representatives.
SuperShuttle airport business is shutting down for good at the end of the year
- New York (CNN) - Commuter company SuperShuttle, which has ferried fliers to and from dozens of airports since 1983, said it will shut down permanently effective December 31.
- The shuttle bus service got its start taking passengers to and from Los Angeles International Airport, and eventually its blue and yellow vans serviced more than 100 cities worldwide, from Cleveland to Kuala Lumpur.
- Two SuperShuttle reservation specialists confirmed the company's closure to CNN Business Friday afternoon.
- The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times Thursday.
- In recent weeks, SuperShuttle has shuttered operations in several US cities, including Baltimore, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Sacramento, the LA Times reported.
- In January, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the company's attempt to classify its Dallas-Fort Worth airport SuperShuttle drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.
Bernie Sanders endorsed a congressional candidate who once regularly used the N-word and repeatedly made crude comments about women
- Earlier this week Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed Cenk Uygur, creator of the TV show and web series "The Young Turks" for a California congressional seat.
- But on Friday, the Los Angeles Times published a scathing exposé on Uygur, exposing his long history of making crude comments about women and using racist language.
- Insider has reached out to both Sanders and Uygur's campaigns for comment.
- The LA County Democratic Party said that Sanders was betraying his progressive values by endorsing Uygur.
- In 2017 Uygur was forced to leave the group Justice Democrats, which advocates on behalf of progressive candidates, after misogynistic blog posts written in 1999 were unearthed, Huffington Post reported.
- In a 2017 article about Cenk's lewd history, a former Young Turks employee told The Wrap that Uygur routinely made female staffers feel uncomfortable.
The crowdfunded cult of Amanda Palmer
- As it stands, Palmer is an independent musician churning out music videos, new songs, complete albums, blazingly honest social media diaries and bits of international activism on the daily.
- Patreon was founded in 2013, and by then, Palmer had already spent years evangelizing the benefits of crowdfunding and direct, digitally driven communication between artists and fans.
- When Roadrunner wanted to edit out images of her stomach in her 2008 music video, Palmer shared the story with her fans in an email blast and ended up rallying an online movement of belly appreciation (dubbed The Rebellyon).
- This person, Guardian deputy music editor Lauren Snapes, debunked Palmer's editorial accusations on Twitter that same day and went on to share a strange story.
- This personal connection with her fans has helped her break crowdfunding records multiple times over, and it's granted her the ability to bounce back from missteps in art and social media alike.
Australia-UK trade deal closer to reality
- Boris Johnson's landslide win in the British election means Australia is just over a year away from commencing a free trade deal with the United Kingdom, the Morrison government said.
- Trade Minister Simon Birmingham noted that if the UK meets its Brexit deadline of January 31, 2020, as indicated by Mr Johnson, formal negotiations for an FTA can begin within weeks.
- Mr Johnson's victory also led to accolades for former federal Liberal Party deputy director Isaac Levido, a prodigy of the Crosby-Textor stable who headed Mr Johnson's campaign after helping engineer Scott Morrison's victory on May 18.
- He was the Conservatives campaign director for the 2019 election, helped by Crosby-Textor's British company CTF Partners and New Zealanders Sean Topham and Ben Guerin, all of whom also worked on Mr Morrison's campaign.
Dow Futures Surge But are Markets Overreacting to China Hype?
- The Dow Jones is set to open with a 110-point jump as U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly signed a deal with China.
- Xijin suggested that all of the optimism surrounding a finalized trade deal between the U.S. and China is solely coming from the U.S. A trade deal before the scheduled imposition of new tariffs on December 15 is an important win for Chinese President Xi Jinping.
- For that to happen, President Trump would need to refrain from imposing tariffs in the next six months and address trade abuses like theft of intellectual property, but play down the latter.
- Bloomberg reports that President Trump already signed a deal, which would drop the tariffs, and the deal includes intellectual property protection.
- The pre-market movement of the Dow Jones indicate that the markets are anticipating an announcement from the U.S. and China to be made today.
Jeffrey Epstein spent over $500,000 to fund unaired episodes of science TV show a year before sex trafficking charges
- A year prior to Jeffrey Epstein being accused of sex trafficking, he was quietly funding episodes of a science TV series that airs on PBS.
- Robert Kuhn, the creator of "Closer to Truth," says Epstein committed to funding the project in its entirety, agreeing to spend $1.4 million.
- The financial support came through Epstein's nonprofit organization, Gratitude America, Ltd. Part of the guaranteed money came in 2018, in the form of a $500,000 check that was sent to Kuhn's Foundation from Gratitude America, according to Epstein's group's most recent 990 tax return obtained by CNBC.
- Kuhn later explained that he cannot give away the money Epstein contributed because he's already spent it on crafting some parts of the episodes but guaranteed he would, in the future, not use donor money to complete the project.
GLOBAL RANKING: The top 25 online MBA programs
- Instead of earning an MBA full-time and in-person, students are electing to pursue online MBAs, which are more convenient and less pricey than on-campus options.
- The number of business schools offering these online options has swelled in recent years, with 54% more online MBAs made available from 2012 to 2016, per the Financial Times.
- Meanwhile, on-campus MBA programs have started shutting down.
- Every year, the education specialists QS Quacquarelli Symonds rank the top online MBAs programs worldwide.
- These programs span the globe, offer tuition fees ranging from $19,946 to $101,288, and typically take an average length of 15 to 60 months to complete.
- Here are the top 25 best online MBA programs.
New York Times: Trump adviser Peter Navarro invokes his fictional alter-ego to make case for China tariffs
- Washington (CNN) - White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has revived his alter-ego "Ron Vara" to bolster his case that the US should proceed with a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
- According to the Times, Navarro supplemented his argument for the tariffs in a memo purportedly sent from an email address belonging to "Ron Vara" -- an anagram of his own name Navarro has previously acknowledged quoting as an "inside joke" in his books.
- The Vara alias is quoted in at least six of Navarro's books, including in "The Coming China Wars" from 2008.
- She previously told CNN that she tried to find Vara after being asked to write an article on anti-China rhetoric for a local politics and foreign affairs blog.
Imprisoned ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks for sentence reduction, blasts 'Barr-led' Justice Department
- Cohen's filing in federal court in Manhattan also asked Judge William Pauley to order a hearing "to explore, evaluate, and quantify" the cooperation that Cohen has given federal prosecutors and investigators since pleading guilty to multiple crimes in 2018.
- Cohen's lawyers suggested that the U.S. Justice Department, under the leadership of Attorney General William Barr, has not acted in "good faith" by failing to meet with Cohen since he was imprisoned, and accepting his offer of cooperation with investigations and support for a sentence reduction.
- A lawyer for Cohen, Lanny Davis, noted that Cohen has given "substantial assistance" to Congressional committees, Mueller's investigation, and, while in prison, to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
- Davis and Cohen's other lawyers claim that the Barr-led Justice Department did not act in "good faith" in failing to meet with Cohen after he surrendered to serve his sentence, or support his motion.