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Trump threatens China with more tariffs if Beijing retaliates against latest $200bn package

Donald Trump has threatened to impose even more tariffs on Chinese goods if Beijing dares to impose tit-for-tat measures in response to Washington’s latest package of levies targeting some $200 billion of Chinese imports. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Which seats make up the House battleground? Our new outside spending tracker can show you

With Election Day three weeks away, we’re rolling out our newest tool to help keep tabs on the large playing field that will determine control of the House: a spreadsheet that sums up the independent expenditures made prior to Monday by the four largest gro
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Which seats make up the House battleground? Our new outside spending tracker can show you

With Election Day three weeks away, we’re rolling out our newest tool to help keep tabs on the large playing field that will determine control of the House: a spreadsheet that sums up the independent expenditures made prior to Monday by the four largest groups involved in House races. With this data, you can see which contests the major players think are competitive, and how much money they’ve devoted to each one, so far. Before diving in, there are several important things to be aware of: This sheet only covers expenditures made by the DCCC, the House Majority PAC, the NRCC, and the Congressional Leadership Fund (HMP and CLF are both super PACs). Many other organizations have spent millions on House races. However, these other groups are largely focused on the same set of races as the Big Four, so looking at what the top four groups are doing gives us a good sense of the battleground while avoiding information overload—though there can be exceptions, since priorities don't always sync up perfectly even among entities supporting the same side. Even if a district hasn’t seen much or any third-party money come in yet, it could still get added to this list before Election Day. By the same token, seats can change hands even if there’s little or no outside spending—for all their access to polls, analytics, and other data, these groups are by no means infallible in predicting which races will be the most competitive. It also only covers past expenditures, which outside groups are required to report to the FEC. It does not account for upcoming spending, including TV ad reservations. Those are generally only available in (often fragmentary) media reports. It’s generally a safe bet, though, that most of these races will see continued spending all the way through Election Day. Some, however, will get triaged (or have already been), which we keep track of separately. Not all dollars are created equal. If you spend $1 million in Minneapolis, that will buy a lot more ads than the same amount spent in New York City, where advertising is much more expensive. The sheet does not include spending on special elections or primaries, or districts where total outside spending from the Big Four groups is less than five figures. New independent expenditure reports keep rolling in all the time (groups generally have to file them within 48 or 24 hours of actually spending their money), and the pace will only quicken as we approach Election Day. We’ll therefore update our chart each Monday and note any key developments.

What happens when low-income people don't have Medicaid? They don't get medical care

It's an obvious conclusion that, in the United States, having health insurance of some kind is a prerequisite for getting regular health care, but it's a point that has to keep being made over and over and over again. So there's another report that Sen. Ron W
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What happens when low-income people don't have Medicaid? They don't get medical care

It's an obvious conclusion that, in the United States, having health insurance of some kind is a prerequisite for getting regular health care, but it's a point that has to keep being made over and over and over again. So there's another report that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) forced the Trump administration to do, finding that in states that did not expand Medicaid, low-income people are much more likely to forgo getting medical care than in the states that have expanded. The Governmental Accountability Office and the National Center for Health Statistics worked together on the report, finding that nearly 20 percent of low-income people in the non-expansion states say they did not seek needed medical care in the past 12 months because they couldn't pay for it, compared to 9.4 percent in expansion states. In addition, 8 percent of people in non-expansion states said they either skipped prescription medication doses or took less than prescribed to stretch it out, compared to 5 percent in expansion states. For people with chronic conditions—asthma, diabetes, heart disease—that's potentially dangerous. More people in non-expansion states reported not being able get the dental care they needed; 11 percent compared to about 6 percent in expansion states. Wyden explains why this matters right now. «States around the country have an opportunity to expand Medicaid to more people; these findings help show why it's a winning proposition for states and the millions of Americans currently left out,» he said. It also happens to be relevant to the midterm elections this year. Medicaid expansion is directly on the ballot in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah where voters are taking matters into their own hands since their elected officials won't do it, and in Montana where voters will decide on keeping that state’s expansion. The issue is also prominent in gubernatorial races in states that haven't expanded: Florida, Georgia, and Wisconsin. It's important particularly in those states, but in the races for Congress, as well. The administration is intent on gutting Medicaid, and has had a GOP majority that's been anxious to help. We need a Democratic Congress as an ally in the fight to keep the program running as intended throughout the country. Boiling with anger at Republicans? Get revenge by volunteering to get out the vote for Democrats. Click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you,​ and RSVP to attend. Help now to elect Democratic governors with your $3 donation.

The other way you can beat Republicans this November: Enroll in the ACA

It's that time again—in two weeks open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act opens. Despite eight years of Republican repeal efforts. Despite all of the unindicted co-conspirator's sabotage efforts. Obamacare lives and is still getting people covered. For
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The other way you can beat Republicans this November: Enroll in the ACA

It's that time again—in two weeks open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act opens. Despite eight years of Republican repeal efforts. Despite all of the unindicted co-conspirator's sabotage efforts. Obamacare lives and is still getting people covered. For those who need coverage, being ready on the November 1 opening date is recommended, because of course the administration is still doing its damnedest to limit the ability for people to access the site and secure coverage. That means scheduling hours of downtime for «maintenance» during weekends, from Saturday at midnight to Sunday at noon, when many people have the time to do the researching and shopping. The administration is touting a 1.5 percent average decrease in premiums for 2019, claiming credit that changes they made in the law account for it. In some sense that's true—the sabotage they tried last year in ending payments to insurers made those insurers raise premiums significantly for this year, and this year's decreases are an adjustment to account for that. But, Sarah Lueck, senior policy analyst for the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes that «Premiums would have dropped more on average if not for harmful Trump administration actions.» It's also not the whole story, as our friend and colleague Charles Gaba notes. The administration did some real cherry-picking to define that decrease. Premiums next year will «still be a whopping 30% higher than they were in 2017, with the vast bulk of that due specifically to sabotage actions taken by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans,» he writes. (As always, follow Gaba to learn the nitty-gritty of everything ACA.) There's another thing to be wary of, though, this year: Trump's new fake plans. Those needing real coverage will have to watch out for the non-ACA compliant, cheap short-term and association health plans, neither of which have to comply with all the consumer protections in the law. If it seems like too good of a deal to be true, it is. They won't show up on the ACA exchanges either run by the federal government or the states, but will show up in web searches, and it won't always be clear that they're not real ACA-approved plans that will provide real coverage. So don't forget—in addition to voting and helping get out the vote for November, you can help people get insured and keep the ACA strong. Please give $1 to our Senate and House candidates to make Republicans pay the price for sabotaging our health care.

Trump EPA ends two more advisory panels as agency's war on science continues

In two apparently related decisions, the Trump «Environmental Protection Agency» is terminating outside panels of experts formed to advise the EPA on soot and on ground-level ozone pollution. The ozone panel hadn't even been formed yet; the EPA si
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Trump EPA ends two more advisory panels as agency's war on science continues

In two apparently related decisions, the Trump «Environmental Protection Agency» is terminating outside panels of experts formed to advise the EPA on soot and on ground-level ozone pollution. The ozone panel hadn't even been formed yet; the EPA simply informed all the candidates that they would no longer be needed. According to the Washington Post, this is part of an intentional shift by the agency to «change the way the agency conducts and assesses science.» Specifically, it's an effort to have less of it. Now, under acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, the EPA has instead decided to let a seven-member group called the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) alone perform those assessments and make recommendations to the agency’s political leaders. Rather than convening scientific experts who specialize in the targeted questions being asked about the health effects of soot, ozone, and other pollutants, the more generic Clean Air committee, five members of which were recently installed by Team Trump, will simply weigh in on those issues themselves and be done with it. GOTV! Even if you don't live in a battleground district, you can sign up to write letters to unlikely voters who do. And click here to donate to Democratic campaigns to take back the House and Senate.

Trump administration mulls plan to turn West Coast military bases into coal export ports

Just when you think you've heard everything, Team Trump comes up with a new plan so incredibly ridiculous and malevolent that it actually manages to surprise you. This time, it's a new proposal to use West Coast military bases as ... government-run coal expor
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Trump administration mulls plan to turn West Coast military bases into coal export ports

Just when you think you've heard everything, Team Trump comes up with a new plan so incredibly ridiculous and malevolent that it actually manages to surprise you. This time, it's a new proposal to use West Coast military bases as ... government-run coal export centers. No, really. Because West Coast states have put steep environmental requirements on new would-be coal terminals, the Trump Administration proposal is, Eff it, we'll just start our own coal ports on military bases where nobody can do a damn thing about it! The almost comically crooked Ryan Zinke, still heading the Interior Department mostly because twenty other Trump scandals have overwhelmed his own in recent months, is bold in attempting to justify it as a national security concern. “I respect the state of Washington and Oregon and California,” Zinke said. “But also, it’s in our interest for national security and our allies to make sure that they have access to affordable energy commodities.” So every U.S. naval officer on the West Coast will have to show up to work each day with a bucket of coal to put on the pile, or something, lest our nation be imperiled by a lack of coal elsewhere in the world? Not quite; the first site being mentioned is the mostly abandoned Naval Air Facility Adak in the Aleutian Islands, but Zinke suggests it’s only the first of several to be used up and down the Pacific coast. The other planned sites are as of yet undisclosed.

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GameStart Asia 2018 rocks its fifth year with more fun and games - CNET

The Singapore-based convention returns with big name stars such as wrestler Kenny Omega and Overwatch voice actress Elise Zhang.
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GameStart Asia 2018 rocks its fifth year with more fun and games - CNET

The Singapore-based convention returns with big name stars such as wrestler Kenny Omega and Overwatch voice actress Elise Zhang.

Emerging market bulls starting to overtake the bears, says survey

Latin America eclipsed Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the region with the best prospects for currencies and bonds
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Emerging market bulls starting to overtake the bears, says survey

Latin America eclipsed Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the region with the best prospects for currencies and bonds

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Disney‘s John Snoddy will talk imagineering augmented worlds at TC Sessions: AR/VR in LA this week

At our one-day TC Sessions: AR/VR event in LA on October 18, we’ll be joined by Walt Disney Imagineering’s R&D Studio Executive Jon Snoddy. We’re going to talk about how Disney is using augmented and virtual reality in their parks an
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Disney‘s John Snoddy will talk imagineering augmented worlds at TC Sessions: AR/VR in LA this week

At our one-day TC Sessions: AR/VR event in LA on October 18, we’ll be joined by Walt Disney Imagineering’s R&D Studio Executive Jon Snoddy. We’re going to talk about how Disney is using augmented and virtual reality in their parks and other projects and how they’re coupling those technologies with physical spaces and robotics in ways that no other […]

Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users’ data

A new dating app for Trump supporters that wants to “make America date again” has leaked its entire database of users — on the day of its launch. The app, called “Donald Daters,” is aimed at “American-based singles community connecting lovers, fri
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Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users’ data

A new dating app for Trump supporters that wants to “make America date again” has leaked its entire database of users — on the day of its launch. The app, called “Donald Daters,” is aimed at “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike” and has already received rave reviews and coverage in […]

Disney-backed Jaunt lays off ‘significant’ number of employees as it moves away from VR

One of the top-funded VR content startups, with backers including Disney and GV (Google Ventures), is laying off a “significant portion” of its employees as it pivots away from virtual reality. In a blog post titled “The Future of Jaunt is
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Disney-backed Jaunt lays off ‘significant’ number of employees as it moves away from VR

One of the top-funded VR content startups, with backers including Disney and GV (Google Ventures), is laying off a “significant portion” of its employees as it pivots away from virtual reality. In a blog post titled “The Future of Jaunt is AR,” the formerly VR-focused company announced it was leaving much of its VR business behind […]

Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock

Twilio, the ubiquitous communications platform, today announced its plan to acquire the API-centric email platform SendGrid for about $2 billion in an all-stock transaction. That’s Twilio’s largest acquisition to date, but also one that makes a lo
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Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock

Twilio, the ubiquitous communications platform, today announced its plan to acquire the API-centric email platform SendGrid for about $2 billion in an all-stock transaction. That’s Twilio’s largest acquisition to date, but also one that makes a lot of sense given that both companies aim to make building communications platforms easier for developers. “The two companies […]

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away this afternoon in Seattle at age 65, owing to complications relating to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Vulcan, the privately held company that Allen founded in 1986, released a statement that says it is “with d
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away this afternoon in Seattle at age 65, owing to complications relating to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Vulcan, the privately held company that Allen founded in 1986, released a statement that says it is “with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and […]

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'He changed the world' - Reaction to Paul Allen's death

SEATTLE (AP) - Reaction to the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died Monday: Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he creat
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'He changed the world' - Reaction to Paul Allen's death

SEATTLE (AP) - Reaction to the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died Monday: Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing ...

Damaged jet ski found at Lake Mead Rec Area; Operator sought

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Nev. (AP) - Authorities at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area say they have found an unoccupied jet ski with damage to the underside and are looking for the watercraft's operator. They say the swamped jet ski was found
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Damaged jet ski found at Lake Mead Rec Area; Operator sought

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Nev. (AP) - Authorities at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area say they have found an unoccupied jet ski with damage to the underside and are looking for the watercraft's operator. They say the swamped jet ski was found Sunday near Boulder Harbor by the ...

GEEK PICK- 8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens

If you think video games didn’t start trying to make deep, political, artsy statements until recent indie games like Gone Home and Braid hit the scene, you never played Missile Command. Or rather, […] The post GEEK PICK- 8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Ruben
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GEEK PICK- 8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens

If you think video games didn’t start trying to make deep, political, artsy statements until recent indie games like Gone Home and Braid hit the scene, you never played Missile Command. Or rather, […] The post GEEK PICK- 8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Daily Deals: Gloomhaven, Portable Hard Drive, WiFi Bluetooth Speaker, Soylent and More

Gloomhaven Board Game for $139.99 This board game is currently #1 on BoardGameGeek’s Top 100 Board Games of All Time. Even at MSRP this is a super good value considering how much this massive […] The post Geek Daily Deals: Gloomhaven, Portable Ha
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Geek Daily Deals: Gloomhaven, Portable Hard Drive, WiFi Bluetooth Speaker, Soylent and More

Gloomhaven Board Game for $139.99 This board game is currently #1 on BoardGameGeek’s Top 100 Board Games of All Time. Even at MSRP this is a super good value considering how much this massive […] The post Geek Daily Deals: Gloomhaven, Portable Hard Drive, WiFi Bluetooth Speaker, Soylent and More appeared first on Geek.com.

Zombie Makeup Tutorial: How to Look ‘Undead’ This Halloween

Halloween is around the corner, which means it’s crunch time for finding a costume. While everyone else dresses up as a bumble bee, superhero, or Snapchat filter, why not join the walking dead […] The post Zombie Makeup Tutorial: How to Look ‘Un
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Zombie Makeup Tutorial: How to Look ‘Undead’ This Halloween

Halloween is around the corner, which means it’s crunch time for finding a costume. While everyone else dresses up as a bumble bee, superhero, or Snapchat filter, why not join the walking dead […] The post Zombie Makeup Tutorial: How to Look ‘Undead’ This Halloween appeared first on Geek.com.

Researchers Find Oldest Evidence of Animal Life on Earth

The oldest clue of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the Cambrian period, when most major types of animals appear, has been found by University of California, Riverside (UCR) […] The post Researchers Find Oldest Evidence of Anim
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Researchers Find Oldest Evidence of Animal Life on Earth

The oldest clue of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the Cambrian period, when most major types of animals appear, has been found by University of California, Riverside (UCR) […] The post Researchers Find Oldest Evidence of Animal Life on Earth appeared first on Geek.com.

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City of Oakland set to sue the Raiders over relocation

The situation between Oakland and their Raiders has now gotten to the point that the city is about to sue the soon-to-be relocated franchise. Said lawsuit will likely be filed later in the week and could prompt the Raiders to leave following this season. Amon
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City of Oakland set to sue the Raiders over relocation

The situation between Oakland and their Raiders has now gotten to the point that the city is about to sue the soon-to-be relocated franchise. Said lawsuit will likely be filed later in the week and could prompt the Raiders to leave following this season. Among other things, the city will be requesting that the Raiders’ name remains in Oakland once the silver and black does indeed move to Las Vegas. We previously focused on this threat of a lawsuit. At that point, the Raiders themselves countered with a threat of their own. If the city did indeed file suit, Mark Davis’ franchise would bolt Oakland following this season. It’s a good threat from the Raiders. Though, the looming question is where the team might end up for one season. Stanford and California have both pushed back against the idea of the Raiders playing at their on-campus venues. The San Francisco 49ers don’t have a great relationship with the Raiders, making Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara a remote possibility. There’s certainly a chance this team

GM blessing ‘critical’ to Supercars Camaro bid

Rumours about the Camaro have been lingering in the Supercars paddock ever since the Ford Mustang announcement, with WAU considered best-placed ignite a battle of the American muscle cars thanks to Walkinshaw’s HSV road car business. Over the Bathurst 1000
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GM blessing ‘critical’ to Supercars Camaro bid

Rumours about the Camaro have been lingering in the Supercars paddock ever since the Ford Mustang announcement, with WAU considered best-placed ignite a battle of the American muscle cars thanks to Walkinshaw’s HSV road car business. Over the Bathurst 1000 weekend news broke that not only is the Camaro genuinely on WAU’s radar, but that a second stage of planning has begun ahead of an ... Keep reading

Unique Ricciardo Supercar up for sale

According to renowned Aussie Touring Car dealer V8 Sleuth, Triple Eight is selling the one-off Supercar-based wagon, which has been used for promotional and development work since it was unveiled on the Gold Coast back in 2014. Based on Whincup’s 2013 Super
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Unique Ricciardo Supercar up for sale

According to renowned Aussie Touring Car dealer V8 Sleuth, Triple Eight is selling the one-off Supercar-based wagon, which has been used for promotional and development work since it was unveiled on the Gold Coast back in 2014. Based on Whincup’s 2013 Supercars title-winning VF Commodore, the car was built with minor modifications including a paddle shift-version of the Albins ... Keep reading

UCF picked to win AAC, guard B.J. Taylor tabbed as preseason player of the year

UCF has been picked by coaches to win the AAC, and Knights point guard B.J. Taylor has been named the conference's preseason player of the year.
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UCF picked to win AAC, guard B.J. Taylor tabbed as preseason player of the year

UCF has been picked by coaches to win the AAC, and Knights point guard B.J. Taylor has been named the conference's preseason player of the year.

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