Tag: United States

It’s a Girl! It’s a Boy! And for the Gender-Reveal Cake, It May Be the End

Cake is asked to do so much, what with all the weddings and birthdays and office parties for colleagues headed off to greener pastures. And that’s not even counting more modern pressures, like looking good on social media and starring in Supreme Court cases. But here’s a reveal that will likely come as good news […]

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Is the Religious Right Privileged?

Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph. The paragraph’s author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, weighing in on the complicated, sometimes baffling debate on the right about the relationship between religious conservatives and libertarianism … or maybe the relationship between religious conservatives and Donald Trump … or […]

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Intel, Qualcomm, and Xilinx quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban

(Reuters) — Huawei’s American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said. Executives from top U.S. chipmakers Intel and Xilinx attended a meeting in late May […]

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The Iran Crisis, Explained

WASHINGTON — Iran threatened on Monday to accelerate its nuclear program in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, moving it closer to the ability to buildi an atomic weapon — something that President Trump has vowed to prevent. But it was Mr. Trump who withdrew the United States from the Obama-era nuclear agreement in May […]

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Comedian Wins $4.1 Million in Lawsuit Against The Daily Stormer

The comedian and writer Dean Obeidallah has been awarded $4.1 million in a lawsuit he filed against The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that published a false article about him in 2017. A federal judge ruled last week that Andrew Anglin, the website’s publisher, and his company “acted with actual malice when they published false […]

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Trump Might Not Want War With Iran. Without Diplomacy He Will Get One.

The United States was quick to blame Iran for last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied involvement, and there is considerable skepticism around the world about American claims. We don’t yet know what really happened, and may not for some time. But what the attacks and subsequent fallout […]

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A Radical Plan to Fix the Dollar

Elizabeth Warren released an “American jobs” plan recently. It includes several trade and manufacturing policies intended to benefit American workers and companies. Wall Street responded with righteous indignation, which suggests she may have hit a nerve. One element of her plan most likely explains Wall Street’s angry reaction: a call to tackle America’s overvalued dollar. […]

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India Raises Tariffs, Escalating Trade Fight With Trump

MUMBAI, India — India announced late Saturday that it would raise tariffs on 28 categories of imports from the United States, the latest escalation in what has been a slow-motion trade fight between the two countries. The increased tariffs, on $1.4 billion of goods, went into effect Sunday morning in India and cover almonds, walnuts, […]

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Iran and the U.S. Are on a Collision Course

What can be said with certainty about the explosions that rocked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday is that attacks on civilian targets are reprehensible. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a likely culprit, and a video taken by a United States Navy surveillance plane demands an explanation. It shows what […]

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Are Oman Tanker Attacks Another Gulf of Tonkin?

There has been considerable cynicism worldwide about American claims that the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday were conducted by Iran. Iran has denied the accusation, and on Twitter, the term “Gulf of Tonkin” trended alongside the “Gulf of Oman.” That historical reference is telling. It was in citing […]

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Why Tanker Blasts in the Gulf of Oman Have Put the World on Edge

Mysterious explosions that crippled two commercial tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday have set off a spike in oil prices, threats from President Trump and calls for calm from the secretary general of the United Nations. Even though both vessels were evacuated without serious injury, the incident raised immediate alarms about a potential […]

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The Youngest Known Child Separated From His Family by the Trump Administration

Exclusive from ‘The Weekly,’ Our New TV Series on FX and Hulu The youngest known child taken from his parents at the U.S.-Mexico border was a 4-month-old baby named Constantin Mutu. While he was sent to Michigan to live with a foster family, his father was sent to a detention facility and ultimately deported to […]

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Augustine Tolton, Ex-Slave and First Black Priest in U.S., Takes Step to Sainthood

Augustine Tolton was born into slavery in Missouri in 1854, escaped to freedom as a child during the chaos of the Civil War, and later became the first African-American priest in the Roman Catholic Church. This week, he took the first step toward becoming the church’s first African-American saint. Pope Francis put Father Tolton on […]

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What Will Teacher Raises Buy Students?

Democratic presidential candidates have generated headlines with multibillion-dollar plans to raise teacher salaries. Kamala Harris set the bar by proposing to give public school teachers an average raise of $13,500. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are among the major candidates that have since followed suit, both announcing ambitious platforms to elevate the teaching profession at […]

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Prosecutors Are Shaping Privacy Law, and Your Privacy Isn’t Their Priority

On most weekdays in the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, prosecutors will ask the magistrate judge on duty to issue lots of sealed orders authorizing them to use all sorts of investigative technologies or requiring technology companies to keep tech-based searches secret. But that typically won’t happen when I’m the judge on duty. When it’s my […]

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With One Move, New York Cuts Sprint and T-Mobile Down to Size

In December 2016, Masayoshi Son, the billionaire owner of Sprint, paid a visit to Trump Tower to meet the president-elect. Afterward, the two announced that Mr. Son had spontaneously decided to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs. There was an unspoken but widely understood quid pro quo. The Trump administration […]

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A New Generation of Chefs Reframes Taiwanese Cuisine in America

When Richard Ho opened Ho Foods, a tiny storefront in the East Village last year, his goal was to serve the best possible version of a single Taiwanese dish: beef noodle soup. His goal was not to become the host of what his employees describe as Manhattan’s first Taiwanese food community center. But because the […]

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The End of the Rape and Incest Exception

All of a sudden, abortion opponents have abandoned rape and incest exceptions to abortion bans. Louisiana became the latest state to do so last month, following Ohio, Mississippi and, most notoriously, Alabama. That same month, younger abortion foes in groups like Students for Life of America fired off a letter asking the Republican Party to […]

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Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Faces New Hurdle With Lawsuit by States

A group of attorneys general from 10 states filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday in a bid to block a proposed merger between the wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a $26 billion deal that has yet to receive the Justice Department’s approval. The lawsuit, led by Letitia James of New York and Xavier Becerra of […]

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