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GOP counts on their base to be stupid enough to still believe they have a plan to replace Obamacare

Eight years later, and Republican candidates are STILL pretending like they'll repeal Obamacare, if the base just believes hard enough to elect them again. Never mind that they've had the White House and the Congress for nearly two years and have only manage

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Republican poll: “We’ve lost the messaging battle” on tax cuts, voters aren’t fooled

The GOP tax bill was a boon to billionaires but a big political failure — and Republicans may pay the price
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Republican poll: “We’ve lost the messaging battle” on tax cuts, voters aren’t fooled

The GOP tax bill was a boon to billionaires but a big political failure — and Republicans may pay the price

Brett Kavanaugh on Fox News Channel’s “The Real Story”: “I’m the one telling the truth”

Sticking to a stilted script in a chat with Martha MacCallum, the Supreme Court nominee did himself no favors
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Brett Kavanaugh on Fox News Channel’s “The Real Story”: “I’m the one telling the truth”

Sticking to a stilted script in a chat with Martha MacCallum, the Supreme Court nominee did himself no favors

Abbreviated pundit roundup: GOP rallies behind Kavanaugh and continues to block a real investigation

We begin today’s roundup with Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Sam Stein, and Maxwell Tani at The Daily Beast on the Republican strategy to ram through the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh without an investigation: Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his allies in C
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: GOP rallies behind Kavanaugh and continues to block a real investigation

We begin today’s roundup with Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Sam Stein, and Maxwell Tani at The Daily Beast on the Republican strategy to ram through the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh without an investigation: Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his allies in Congress and the Trump White House concluded last week that time was no longer on their side. And so, as new allegations against the Supreme Court nominee surfaced alongside unconfirmed rumors, they decided to mount a counteroffensive: demanding solidarity within the ranks and making an aggressive public relations push in Kavanaugh’s defense. The most overt step came Monday as Kavanaugh and his wife sat down for an interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum—an almost unheard of foray into the public eye for a Supreme Court nominee. Ed Kilgore at New York magazine: [T]here is now a strident and frankly substance-free mood among Kavanaugh’s conservatives defenders that is almost defiant in rejecting the accusations against him, and uninterested in alternative strategies for vindicating their constitutional views. Like the conservatives who came around to support for Donald Trump in 2016, they seem to have focused on fury at their ancient left-of-center enemies. And even though they could pay a high price if Kavanaugh goes down, his confirmation has become for them an end in itself. These are the same Republicans who shrugged at the credible accusations of assault against Donald Trump, so were we to expect anything less?

State Duma passes Putin’s bill criminalizing the sacking of workers approaching retirement age

The Russian Lower House has approved a bill introducing a legal definition of pre-retirement age, together with criminal responsibility for employers who fire or refuse to hire workers in this age bracket without a solid reason. Read Full Article at RT.com
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State Duma passes Putin’s bill criminalizing the sacking of workers approaching retirement age

The Russian Lower House has approved a bill introducing a legal definition of pre-retirement age, together with criminal responsibility for employers who fire or refuse to hire workers in this age bracket without a solid reason. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Think Trump’s economy is booming? It’s a corporate debt bubble blowing up – RT’s Keiser Report

US Initial Jobless Claims have hit their lowest level since 1969, with consumer confidence reaching its highest in decades. Things are looking pretty good until you start discussing averages, says Mish Shedlock of MishTalk.com. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Think Trump’s economy is booming? It’s a corporate debt bubble blowing up – RT’s Keiser Report

US Initial Jobless Claims have hit their lowest level since 1969, with consumer confidence reaching its highest in decades. Things are looking pretty good until you start discussing averages, says Mish Shedlock of MishTalk.com. Read Full Article at RT.com

Oil surges to 4-year high as investors see no sign of production rise amid Iran sanctions

Crude oil prices have jumped to the highest level since November 2014 as key producers like Russia and OPEC are not increasing production, while Iran will soon be hit by US sanctions on its energy industry. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Oil surges to 4-year high as investors see no sign of production rise amid Iran sanctions

Crude oil prices have jumped to the highest level since November 2014 as key producers like Russia and OPEC are not increasing production, while Iran will soon be hit by US sanctions on its energy industry. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Can Seeds in a Dead Person's Stomach Really Sprout into Trees?

A story of apparent tragedy and luck is making its way around the Internet, describing how a fig seed in a murdered man's stomach grew into a tree, which later helped authorities find his corpse almost 40 years later in a Cypriot cave.
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Can Seeds in a Dead Person's Stomach Really Sprout into Trees?

A story of apparent tragedy and luck is making its way around the Internet, describing how a fig seed in a murdered man's stomach grew into a tree, which later helped authorities find his corpse almost 40 years later in a Cypriot cave.

150 Years Ago, Mobius Discovered Weird One-Sided Objects. Here's Why They're So Cool.

The inventor of the brain-teasing Möbius strip died 150 years ago, but his creation continues to spawn new ideas in mathematics.
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150 Years Ago, Mobius Discovered Weird One-Sided Objects. Here's Why They're So Cool.

The inventor of the brain-teasing Möbius strip died 150 years ago, but his creation continues to spawn new ideas in mathematics.

Pregnant Women May Now Have a New Way to Limit Unhealthy Weight Gain

A new study suggests that with the help of nutritional counseling and a smartphone app, pregnant women who are overweight or obese can safely restrict their weight gain.
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Pregnant Women May Now Have a New Way to Limit Unhealthy Weight Gain

A new study suggests that with the help of nutritional counseling and a smartphone app, pregnant women who are overweight or obese can safely restrict their weight gain.

If Extra Dimensions Do Exist, They Must Be Really, Really Small

So far, gravitational waves have found no hints of extra dimensions, but there may still be some really tiny ones lurking out there.
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If Extra Dimensions Do Exist, They Must Be Really, Really Small

So far, gravitational waves have found no hints of extra dimensions, but there may still be some really tiny ones lurking out there.

Facebook’s plan to let companies it buys live independently is over

Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, doesn’t have a monopoly on all users nor can it bank on holding its position as top dog forever. Thus he instituted a policy of buying up promising rivals and i
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Facebook’s plan to let companies it buys live independently is over

Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, doesn’t have a monopoly on all users nor can it bank on holding its position as top dog forever. Thus he instituted a policy of buying up promising rivals and integrating them into the Facebook ‘group’ in a strategy designed […]

Snyk raises $22M on a $100M valuation to detect security vulnerabilities in open source code

Open source software is now a $14 billion+ market and growing fast, in use in one way or another in 95 percent of all enterprises. But that expansion comes with a shadow: open source components can come with vulnerabilities, and so their widespread use in app
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Snyk raises $22M on a $100M valuation to detect security vulnerabilities in open source code

Open source software is now a $14 billion+ market and growing fast, in use in one way or another in 95 percent of all enterprises. But that expansion comes with a shadow: open source components can come with vulnerabilities, and so their widespread use in apps become a liability to a company’s cybersecurity. Now, a […]

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MOBAs Are Still Bad, Even Arena of Valor on Nintendo Switch

One of my personal favorite pieces of writing over at Geek.com sister site PCMag.com is my review of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s attempt to give the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre […] The post MOBAs Are Still Bad, Even Arena of Valo
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MOBAs Are Still Bad, Even Arena of Valor on Nintendo Switch

One of my personal favorite pieces of writing over at Geek.com sister site PCMag.com is my review of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s attempt to give the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre […] The post MOBAs Are Still Bad, Even Arena of Valor on Nintendo Switch appeared first on Geek.com.

Auction Preview: Thinking Italian, Design at Christie’s, London, Oct 17

What: ​Thinking Italian, DesignWhere: Christie’s, 8 King Street, St. James 'sWhen: October 17; 12.30 pmPublic Viewing: 12 Oct, 10am - 4:30pm, 13 Oct, 12pm - 5pm, 14 Oct, 12pm - 5pm, 15 Oct, 9am - 4:30pm, 15 Oct, 6pm - 8:30pm, 16 Oct, 9am - 8pm, 17 Oct, 9a
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Auction Preview: Thinking Italian, Design at Christie’s, London, Oct 17

What: ​Thinking Italian, DesignWhere: Christie’s, 8 King Street, St. James 'sWhen: October 17; 12.30 pmPublic Viewing: 12 Oct, 10am - 4:30pm, 13 Oct, 12pm - 5pm, 14 Oct, 12pm - 5pm, 15 Oct, 9am - 4:30pm, 15 Oct, 6pm - 8:30pm, 16 Oct, 9am - 8pm, 17 Oct, 9am - 12pmTop lots of the sale:- Carlo Mollino (1905-1973): An Important 'Tipo B' side chair, 1950 from a production of six chairs designed for Casa Licitra Ponti, Milan, Resinflex, brass, tubular brass. 37 3/5 high x 15 wide x 21 in. deep (95 x 38 x 53.5 cm.). Estimate: GBP 200,000 - GBP 300,000 (USD 265,000 - USD 397,500)- Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977): An important 'Pulegoso' vase, model no. 3273, Circa 1928, executed by Venini, Murano, Italy, lightly iridescent hand-blown and applied glass, the handles and top rim with gold-foil inclusions. 13 ¾ high x 13 3/8 in. circumference (35 x 34 cm.), paper label from Turin exhibition to underside. Estimate: GBP 160,000 - GBP 200,000 (USD 212,000 - USD 265,000)- Carlo Mollino (1905-1973): An important armchair, circa 1952, executed by Apelli & Varesio for the Casa Acotto, Turin, beech, velvet upholstery. 33 7/8 high x 30 ¼ wide x 35 ½ in. deep (86 x 77 x 90 cm.). Estimate: GBP 120,000 - GBP 180,000 (USD 159,000 - USD 238,500)- Gio Ponti (1891-1979): A rare and important dining table, circa 1959, walnut, walnut veneer, brass. 30 ¼ high x 118 long x 34 ¼ in. wide (77 x 300 x 110 cm.). Estimate: GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000 (USD 106,000 - USD 159,000)- Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978): A rare and Important 'Red and Black Laccati' bowl, model no. 3710, 1940, executed by Venini, fused and hand-blown glass. 3 high x 9 in. diameter (7.5 x 23 cm.). Estimate: GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 79,500 - USD 106,000)- Gio Ponti (1891-1979): A rare occasional table, circa 1954, brass, glass. 15 1/8 high x 31½ in. diameter (38.3 x 80 cm.). Estimate: GBP 50,000 - GBP 70,000 (USD 66,250 - USD 92,750)- Yoichi Ohira (b. 1946): A unique 'Colata di Lava' vase, 2005, executed by Maestro Andrea Zilio and Maestro Giacomo Barbini, hand-blown glass murrine, granular and powder inserts, partial inciso and polished surface. 17 high x 13 in. diameter (43 x 33 cm. Signed and dated Yoichi Ohira m° a. Zilio m° g. Barbini 1/1 unico murano Friday 11-02-2005. Estimate: GBP 50,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 66,250 - USD 106,000)- Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978): A monumental 'Battuto' vase, model no. 3932 B, circa 1942, executed by Venini, Murano, Italy, hand-blown glass with battuto surface. 11 ¾ high x 29 ½ in. circumferences (30 x 79 cm.), acid stamp venini murano. Estimate: GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000 (USD 53,000 - USD 79,500)For details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: She was a Giant Benedict Collection Pesle at Christie’s, Paris, Oct 18

What: She was a Giant Benedict Collection PesleWhere: Christie’s, 9 Avenue MatignonWhen: October 18; 04.30 pmTop lots of the sale:- Max Ernst (1891-1976): Soul-sisters. Signed, numbered and with the mark of the founder 'Max Ernst 4/5 Susse Foundeur Paris' (
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Auction Preview: She was a Giant Benedict Collection Pesle at Christie’s, Paris, Oct 18

What: She was a Giant Benedict Collection PesleWhere: Christie’s, 9 Avenue MatignonWhen: October 18; 04.30 pmTop lots of the sale:- Max Ernst (1891-1976): Soul-sisters. Signed, numbered and with the mark of the founder 'Max Ernst 4/5 Susse Foundeur Paris' (on the base), bronze with green brown patina. Height: 93.3 cm. (36 ¾ in.). Designed in 1961; this test melted between September 1961 and June 1962 in an edition of 6 numbered copies + 3 artists' proofs. Estimate: EUR 250,000 - EUR 350,000 (USD 294,969 - USD 412,956)- Marcel Duchamp (1887-1969): From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Selavy (La Boite-en-suitcase), series F, signed 'Marcel Duchamp' (inside the box), wooden box and cardboard with red leather cover and red linen finish, including 80 miniature replicas and reproductions of works by Marcel Duchamp. 41.2 x 38.5 x 9.9 cm. (16 ¼ x 15 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.). Designed between 1935 and 1940; this version performed in Paris and Milan in 1966 in an unnumbered edition of 75 copies. Estimate: EUR 200,000 - EUR 300,000 (USD 235,975 - USD 353,963)- James Bishop (Born In 1927): Blue, Green, Red. Signed 'Bishop' (on the frame), oil on canvas. 195 x 195 cm. (76 ¾ x 76 ¾ in.). Painted in 1964. Estimate: EUR 120,000 - EUR 180,000 (USD 141,585 - USD 212,378)- James Bishop (Born In 1927): Other colors, oil on canvas. 176 x 176 cm. (69 ¼ x 69 ¼ in.). Painted in 1965. Estimate: EUR 120,000 - EUR 180,000 (USD 141,585 - USD 212,378)- James Bishop (Born In 1927): Untitled, oil on canvas. 150 x 140 cm. (59 x 55 1/8 in.). Estimate: EUR 70,000 - EUR 100,000 (USD 82,591 - USD 117,988)- Barnett Newman (1905-1970): Untitled, etching # 2. Etching and aquatint, 1969, on J. Green wove paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 3/27, published by Universal Limited Art Editions, New York, with their dry stamp, margins. Sheet: 79.1 x 57.5 cm. (31 1/8 x 22 5/8 in.). Plate: 59.3 x 37.3 cm (23 3/8 x 14 ¾ in.). Estimate: EUR 60,000 - EUR 80,000 (USD 70,793 - USD 94,390)- Max Ernst (1891-1976): Untitled. Signed 'Max Ernst' (bottom right); signed and signed 'For Benedicte Cordially Max Ernst' (back), oil and decal on panel. 15.8 x 21.9 cm. (6 ¼ x 8 5/8 in.). Painted around 1957. Estimate: EUR 40,000 - EUR 60,000 (USD 47.195 - USD 70.793)- Shusaku Arakawa (1936-2010): Untitled. Signed, titled and dated '«Untitled» Arakawa 1967' (lower right), graphite, oil, ink and watercolor on canvas. 167 x 98.5 cm. (65 ¾ x 38 ¾ in.). Made in 1967. Estimate: EUR 40,000 - EUR 60,000 (USD 47.195 - USD 70.793)For details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

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In this video interview with Bastiaan Woudt, the photographer explains how his surreal methods contribute to his latest project in Uganda.
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Mukono

In this video interview with Bastiaan Woudt, the photographer explains how his surreal methods contribute to his latest project in Uganda.

Extension of Phoenix rail debated in Latino community

PHOENIX (AP) - The defiant message hangs under the Mexican bakery's Spanish-language sign in Phoenix's poorest neighborhood, rejecting the city's idea of progress: «4 LANES OR NO TRAIN.» Similar placards are plastered along the proposed new leg o
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Extension of Phoenix rail debated in Latino community

PHOENIX (AP) - The defiant message hangs under the Mexican bakery's Spanish-language sign in Phoenix's poorest neighborhood, rejecting the city's idea of progress: «4 LANES OR NO TRAIN.» Similar placards are plastered along the proposed new leg of Phoenix's light-rail system, a plan that progressed quietly until some shop owners ...

Auction Preview: Important Picasso Ceramics at Sotheby's, Online, Sep 28

What: Important Picasso Ceramics OnlineWhere: Sotheby's, London, UKWhen: Sep 28, 3:00 PM BSTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Big Bird Picasso» (AR 185) - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Earthenware vase, 1953, numbered 44/75, partially painted, with the Editi
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Auction Preview: Important Picasso Ceramics at Sotheby's, Online, Sep 28

What: Important Picasso Ceramics OnlineWhere: Sotheby's, London, UKWhen: Sep 28, 3:00 PM BSTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Big Bird Picasso» (AR 185) - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Earthenware vase, 1953, numbered 44/75, partially painted, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Dimensions: height: 560mm 22 1/8 in. Estimated Price: £80,000 - £120,000 (US$ 105,000 - US$ 157,500)- «Tarasque» (A. R. 247) - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Earthenware pitcher, 1954, a proof impression aside from the edition of 50, inscribed 'Copy Editor Madoura', partially glazed and painted, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Dimensions: height: 356mm 14in. Estimated Price: £25,000 - £35,000 (US$ 32,800 - US$ 45,950)- «Face to the hands» - After Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Silver plate, 1956, with the artist's stamped signature, numbered 13/20, stamped silversmith's marks, published by Francois and Pierre Hugo, Paris, contained in the original wooden box. Dimensions: diameter: 416mm 16 3/8 in. Estimated Price: £25,000 - £35,000 (US$ 32,800 - US$ 45,950)- «Black-nosed face» (AR 609) - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Earthenware pitcher, 1969, numbered 61/200, incised ' Edition Picasso' and ' Madoura', partially glazed and painted, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Dimensions: height: 330mm 13in. Estimated Price: £20,000 - £30,000 (US$ 26,250 - US$ 39,400)- «Character (Georges Ramie 608)» - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Unique Earthenware tile, 1962, signed , dated and inscribed ' Pour Eloise Dafau 10.2.65'  on the reverse, partially glazed and painted. Dimensions: overall: 100 by 145 by 15mm 4 by 5 3/4 by 5/8 in. Estimated Price: £20,000 - £30,000 (US$ 26,250 - US$ 39,400)- «Lunch on the grass» (AR 517) - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Earthenware plaque, 1964, inscribed ' Edition Editeur', a proof aside from the edition of 50, with the Empreinte Originale de Picasso and Madoura stamps. Dimensions: overall: 509 by 610mm 20 by 24in. Estimated Price: £20,000 - £25,000 (US$ 26,250 - US$ 32,800)- «Vase two high handles» (AR 141) - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Earthenware vase, 1952, from the edition of 400, partially glazed and painted, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Dimensions: height: 375mm 14 3/4 in. Estimated Price: £18,000 - £22,000 (US$ 23,600 - US$ 28,900)- «Arena» (AR 406) - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973); Earthenware vase, 1958, numbered 85/100, inscribed ' Edition Picasso', partially glazed and painted, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Dimensions: height: 299mm 11 3/4 in. Estimated Price: £18,000 - £22,000 (US$ 23,600 - US$ 28,900)For details, visit: http://timed.sothebys.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

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F1 young driver programmes a double-edged sword - Rosberg

Ocon is currently facing a year on the F1 sidelines after a planned move to Renault fell through at the last second, and other teams said they were not interested in him because of his close links to Mercedes. The Frenchman's plight has been viewed as a bad t
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F1 young driver programmes a double-edged sword - Rosberg

Ocon is currently facing a year on the F1 sidelines after a planned move to Renault fell through at the last second, and other teams said they were not interested in him because of his close links to Mercedes. The Frenchman's plight has been viewed as a bad thing for F1, with more and more drivers having their careers decided by the major car makers. Read Also: Why third cars are ... ... Keep reading

Hoshots, Stallions, Commanders, Fleet make up Alliance West

With nicknames that certainly make sense for their regions, the Alliance of American Football unveiled the names and logos of their West Division teams
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Hoshots, Stallions, Commanders, Fleet make up Alliance West

With nicknames that certainly make sense for their regions, the Alliance of American Football unveiled the names and logos of their West Division teams

Ferrari maxes out on supersofts for Japanese GP

The Italian outfit, which is battling to get itself back on terms with Mercedes in the world championship fight, has elected to take 10 sets of supersofts for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. This has left it with just two sets of soft tyres and one set o
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Ferrari maxes out on supersofts for Japanese GP

The Italian outfit, which is battling to get itself back on terms with Mercedes in the world championship fight, has elected to take 10 sets of supersofts for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. This has left it with just two sets of soft tyres and one set of mediums. In contrast, Mercedes has opted to pick just seven sets of the supersoft for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, giving them ... ... Keep reading

Kari steps up to Formula 2 with MP

Kari, who was a Red Bull athlete before being dropped at the end of 2017, drives for the same team in the GP3 Series, and is 16th in the points. He replaces Boschung, who has shown flashes of pace but has had myriad reliability issues with the new F2 car, all
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Kari steps up to Formula 2 with MP

Kari, who was a Red Bull athlete before being dropped at the end of 2017, drives for the same team in the GP3 Series, and is 16th in the points. He replaces Boschung, who has shown flashes of pace but has had myriad reliability issues with the new F2 car, allied to the team struggling for tyre performance, particularly in qualifying. Kari will join Dorian Boccolacci in the squad's F2 ... ... Keep reading

Riyadh Formula E track revealed

The circuit is 2.847km long and features 21 corners, but is still subject to the FIA officially homologating it. The circuit, which will host the first race of the Gen2 era and FE's fifth season on December 15, features a number of long flowing corners and hi
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Riyadh Formula E track revealed

The circuit is 2.847km long and features 21 corners, but is still subject to the FIA officially homologating it. The circuit, which will host the first race of the Gen2 era and FE's fifth season on December 15, features a number of long flowing corners and high-speed turns, with relatively few 90-degree corners of the type usually found on the championship's street courses. Motorsport.com ... ... Keep reading

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