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Landon Donovan says allegiance is to US soccer, defends supporting Mexico

Landon Donovan has come under fire over the past few days for his decision to support Mexico in the World Cup as part of a promotion for Wells Fargo, and the former U.S. soccer star felt the need to defend himself on Sunday afternoon.After the Twitter masses

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New Democratic governors move their states forward on Medicaid, equal pay, and more

While House Democrats fight to reopen the federal government, the new Democratic governors elected across the country are working to move their states forward—a particularly big job for those who flipped seats in November, and even more so for those still c
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New Democratic governors move their states forward on Medicaid, equal pay, and more

While House Democrats fight to reopen the federal government, the new Democratic governors elected across the country are working to move their states forward—a particularly big job for those who flipped seats in November, and even more so for those still contending with Republican-controlled state legislatures. A Democratic Governors Association round-up offers some highlights: In Maine, Gov. Janet Mills finally expanded Medicaid after former Gov. Paul LePage had repeatedly vetoed Medicaid expansion, even blocking it after voters approved it in 2017. Already more than 500 Mainers have gotten covered. In Wisconsin, while Republican legislators are standing in the way of Gov. Tony Evers’ push on Medicaid expansion, Evers signed an order that “instructs three state agencies to develop plans and offer recommendations on how to protect insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions, make health plans more affordable and accessible, create insurance literacy curriculum for students and require insurers to be transparent about health plan costs, coverage and benefits.” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order promoting equal pay for women and men working for the state. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly reinstated employment non-discrimination protections for LGBT state employees that former Gov. Sam Brownback had ended, because of course he did. And Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is taking aim at sexual harassment with a new task force. Undoing Republican damage will be the work of years if not generations, but it’s good to get the job started.

'This is the first time I've had to ask for help': Shutdown sends federal workers to food banks

The government shutdown has federal workers lining up at food banks to get by while their paychecks aren’t coming. Whether they’re off the job or required to work without pay, people need to eat. In Washington, D.C., the Capital Area Food Bank offered po
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'This is the first time I've had to ask for help': Shutdown sends federal workers to food banks

The government shutdown has federal workers lining up at food banks to get by while their paychecks aren’t coming. Whether they’re off the job or required to work without pay, people need to eat. In Washington, D.C., the Capital Area Food Bank offered pop-up sites for federal workers Saturday morning, giving food to 1,140 people—people who’d mostly been accustomed to donating money to food banks, not getting food from them. “For many, many years, I sent in donations to the Capital Area Food Bank,” one older woman told a volunteer as she picked up food. “This is the first time I’ve had to ask for help.” Hundreds of Coast Guard families visited food banks in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and Novato, California, while in some locations, FBI field offices are setting up their own food banks where employees who are able to donate can leave food for coworkers who need it. The FBI has also seen an increase in workers asking permission to do outside work—they aren’t allowed to take just any job. Chef José Andrés has opened a kitchen offering free lunches to federal workers in Washington, D.C., and has served thousands of meals per day.

Denver public school teachers vote to strike

Even dubious threats from management could not sway Denver teachers from voting on Tuesday to authorize a strike. Ongoing negotiations have come to an impasse as Denver officials haven’t been able to meet the Denver Classroom Teachers Association’s deman
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Denver public school teachers vote to strike

Even dubious threats from management could not sway Denver teachers from voting on Tuesday to authorize a strike. Ongoing negotiations have come to an impasse as Denver officials haven’t been able to meet the Denver Classroom Teachers Association’s demands—seemingly unwilling to part with $8 million dollars, or 1 percent of the school system’s budget. As one teacher told CNN, «Oh, we have to strike. We have no choice.»  With terrible salaries and very little in incentives, the Denver public school system has faced an issue facing many school systems: incredibly low retention rates. New and young teachers are great and full of energy, but they get better—as do we all—from experience. That experience directly benefits the students and communities they serve. If they are unwilling or unable to remain teachers for years to come, everybody loses. And according to the teachers union, 31 percent of teachers in the Denver system have been at the school they teach at for less than 3 years. That is unacceptable. DCTA hopes to alleviate the high turnover with changes to Denver teachers' pay, which the union says prohibits some teachers from paying for housing in the area and forces some to take on second jobs. As an example of the hardships Denver teachers face, the union cited a teacher who taught in Indianapolis and Chicago before moving to Colorado. The teacher makes $10,000 less in Denver than he did in Indianapolis and $15,000 less than he did in Chicago, the union said in its statement. According to NPR, 93 percent of the teachers voted to strike. Work stoppage could begin as soon as this coming Monday, Jan. 28.

Gallup: Uninsured rate highest in 4 years, with 7 million losing coverage under Trump

Since 2008, the Gallup organization has tracked the uninsured rate through a quarterly survey of Americans in which they report their own health insurance coverage. Its National Health and Well-being Index has repeatedly and accurately reflected the state of
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Gallup: Uninsured rate highest in 4 years, with 7 million losing coverage under Trump

Since 2008, the Gallup organization has tracked the uninsured rate through a quarterly survey of Americans in which they report their own health insurance coverage. Its National Health and Well-being Index has repeatedly and accurately reflected the state of healthcare access for Americans, and what it tell us now is not good. The uninsured rate has reached a four-year high, to 13.7 percent. That's the highest rate since the Affordable Care Act reforms were implemented and Medicaid expansion began. Beginning from a historic high of nearly one-fifth of Americans uninsured—18 percent in 2013—it had dropped to 10.9 percent in the last two quarters of 2016, a historic low. Because, of course, there was Obamacare. Along comes the Russian asset in the White House and a Republican House and Senate, and all the sabotage that goes along with that, and this is the result. Which, by the way, the Republicans knew was going to happen, and which they're absolutely fine with. The pre-Obamacare status quo was just fine, because what do they care if people  bankrupt themselves to get health care or simply die? Somebody was profiting, and turning those profits into campaign contributions. We're inching our way back to that status quo. The groups Gallup found were most likely to lose their coverage were women, low-income people, and people under 35. The uninsured rate for women, in fact, is the fastest-rising, and increased from about 9 percent at the end of 2016 to almost 13 percent at the end of last year. Younger people and poorer people, however, make up the largest percentages, with more than a quarter of people whose household income is less than $24,000 uninsured, and nearly 22 percent of adults under 25 lacking coverage. Regionally, the South has the worst number, with nearly 20 percent uninsured. Medicaid expansion was nearly uniformly rejected by southern states, and this is the result. Even when uninsured rates were their lowest in 2016, those states still had nearly 16 percent uninsured. What this means is that 7 million Americans have lost coverage in two years. That's problematic, to say the least, for health advocates and providers. «Research shows uninsured individuals are more apt to skip cancer screenings, delay getting necessary care and ultimately are more likely to have their cancer diagnosed at a later stage when survival is less likely and costs are higher,» says Chris Hansen, president of the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society. It is «deeply troubling to see more Americans becoming uninsured,» he added. We're going to have another healthcare election in 2020, and it's going to result in Democrats winning, again.

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Today's picks: From Wipro to Indiabulls Hsg, hot stocks to buy on Thursday

Big moves could go till 10,725, 10,975. A long 10,800p (85), short 10,700p (54) could gain 10-15 if the index drops till 10,775
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Today's picks: From Wipro to Indiabulls Hsg, hot stocks to buy on Thursday

Big moves could go till 10,725, 10,975. A long 10,800p (85), short 10,700p (54) could gain 10-15 if the index drops till 10,775

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A former Bessemer Venture Partners principal just closed his own $30 million fund, and here’s how

Sunil Nagaraj, who’d studied computer science as an undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill, landed a pretty nice gig after deciding to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. He wound up working as a principal for Bessemer Venture Partners, a top-tier venture f
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A former Bessemer Venture Partners principal just closed his own $30 million fund, and here’s how

Sunil Nagaraj, who’d studied computer science as an undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill, landed a pretty nice gig after deciding to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. He wound up working as a principal for Bessemer Venture Partners, a top-tier venture firm with locations around the world. Nagaraj helped source a number of deals […]

AWS launches WorkLink to make accessing mobile intranet sites and web apps easier

If your company uses a VPN and/or a mobile device management service to give you access to its intranet and internal web apps, then you know how annoying those are. AWS today launched a new product, Amazon WorkLink,  that promises to make this process signif
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AWS launches WorkLink to make accessing mobile intranet sites and web apps easier

If your company uses a VPN and/or a mobile device management service to give you access to its intranet and internal web apps, then you know how annoying those are. AWS today launched a new product, Amazon WorkLink,  that promises to make this process significantly easier. WorkLink is a fully managed service that, for $5 […]

Buzzfeed will cut its staff by 15% in major round of layoffs

It’s a dark day to work in media. On the heels of news that TechCrunch parent company Verizon Media Group (formerly Oath) would lay off roughly 800 workers, BuzzFeed has announced its own substantial staffing cuts. And though they were anticipated, Gan
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Buzzfeed will cut its staff by 15% in major round of layoffs

It’s a dark day to work in media. On the heels of news that TechCrunch parent company Verizon Media Group (formerly Oath) would lay off roughly 800 workers, BuzzFeed has announced its own substantial staffing cuts. And though they were anticipated, Gannett also made substantial cuts to newsrooms around the US on Wednesday. In a memo […]

Autonomous subs spend a year cruising under Antarctic ice

The freezing waters underneath Antarctic ice shelves and the underside of the ice itself are of great interest to scientists... but who wants to go down there? Leave it to the robots. They won't complain! And indeed, a pair of autonomous subs have been nosin
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Autonomous subs spend a year cruising under Antarctic ice

The freezing waters underneath Antarctic ice shelves and the underside of the ice itself are of great interest to scientists... but who wants to go down there? Leave it to the robots. They won't complain! And indeed, a pair of autonomous subs have been nosing around the ice for a full year now, producing data unlike any other expedition ever has.

Sequoia goes after early-stage with an accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia

Sequoia India is going deep into early-stage investing after it announced an accelerator program, Surge, which is focused on fledging startups in India and Southeast Asia, the two regions that it covers. It’s been nearly six months since Sequoia India c
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Sequoia goes after early-stage with an accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia

Sequoia India is going deep into early-stage investing after it announced an accelerator program, Surge, which is focused on fledging startups in India and Southeast Asia, the two regions that it covers. It’s been nearly six months since Sequoia India closed its newest $695 million fund — its fifth since its establishment 12 years ago […]

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Join the AI Revolution With This Training Bundle On Sale for 95 Percent Off

Despite its oftentimes villainous portrayal in fiction, artificial intelligence isn’t the threat that humanity might have feared. On the contrary, it’s proved to be extremely helpful. Now anyone can realize its full potential […] The post Join the A
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Join the AI Revolution With This Training Bundle On Sale for 95 Percent Off

Despite its oftentimes villainous portrayal in fiction, artificial intelligence isn’t the threat that humanity might have feared. On the contrary, it’s proved to be extremely helpful. Now anyone can realize its full potential […] The post Join the AI Revolution With This Training Bundle On Sale for 95 Percent Off appeared first on Geek.com.

Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just befor
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Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas. With no end in sight to the ...

Historic Indiana beach homes could become lakeside rentals

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) - The National Park Service is teaming up with two partners to renovate five historic beach homes at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and rent them out as vacation properties. The Park Service, Indiana Landmarks and the Dunes Nat
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Historic Indiana beach homes could become lakeside rentals

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) - The National Park Service is teaming up with two partners to renovate five historic beach homes at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and rent them out as vacation properties. The Park Service, Indiana Landmarks and the Dunes National Park Association hope to refurbish the homes ...

Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake News

Fake news activity will be reduced on Facebook soon: The social media platform is enforcing new initiatives that aim to prevent pages from posting false content. On Wednesday, Facebook in a press release […] The post Facebook’s New Page Initiative
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Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake News

Fake news activity will be reduced on Facebook soon: The social media platform is enforcing new initiatives that aim to prevent pages from posting false content. On Wednesday, Facebook in a press release […] The post Facebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake News appeared first on Geek.com.

Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her Thumb

A volunteer at an Ohio zoo is recovering after an orangutan reached through a barrier in its mesh enclosure, bit her arm, and somehow detached her thumb. Officials at the Toledo Zoo said […] The post Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her T
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Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her Thumb

A volunteer at an Ohio zoo is recovering after an orangutan reached through a barrier in its mesh enclosure, bit her arm, and somehow detached her thumb. Officials at the Toledo Zoo said […] The post Orangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her Thumb appeared first on Geek.com.

NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From Boeing’s Starliner Test Flight

NASA just announced a major crew assignment update: Astronaut Eric Boe, who was scheduled to be part of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, is not flying due to medical reasons. On […] The post NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From B
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NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From Boeing’s Starliner Test Flight

NASA just announced a major crew assignment update: Astronaut Eric Boe, who was scheduled to be part of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, is not flying due to medical reasons. On […] The post NASA Astronaut Eric Boe Is Pulled From Boeing’s Starliner Test Flight appeared first on Geek.com.

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Braves' quiet offseason on pitching front could create opportunity for young arms, injury returnees

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Braves' quiet offseason on pitching front could create opportunity for young arms, injury returnees

Do the Braves have a significant pitching acquisition up their sleeve this offseason?

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