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MovieBob Review: ASSASSINATION NATION

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Portland Police's chummy handling of far-right extremists creates a well-earned uproar

Reporters covering the series of rallies organized by the far-right street-brawling group Patriot Prayer that have plagued the Pacific Northwest for the past two years have frequently remarked on the clear bias displayed by Portland police officers in their h
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Portland Police's chummy handling of far-right extremists creates a well-earned uproar

Reporters covering the series of rallies organized by the far-right street-brawling group Patriot Prayer that have plagued the Pacific Northwest for the past two years have frequently remarked on the clear bias displayed by Portland police officers in their handling of the two competing sides. Their observations have often corroborated the complaints of left-wing activists that police were more interested in subduing and arresting local anti-fascists at Portland rallies than going after the out-of-town agitators who were there to create violence. Now, thanks to terrific investigative work by reporters at Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury, those impressions have been confirmed with startling clarity.

Border wall national 'emergency,' weekend 1: Trump hits the golf club omelet bar

Donald Trump spent the weekend letting the nation know just how urgent his national emergency is by … spending his 171st day in office at the golf course, where he hit the omelet bar. Which actually does encapsulate the urgency of the fake national em
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Border wall national 'emergency,' weekend 1: Trump hits the golf club omelet bar

Donald Trump spent the weekend letting the nation know just how urgent his national emergency is by … spending his 171st day in office at the golf course, where he hit the omelet bar. Which actually does encapsulate the urgency of the fake national emergency Trump announced Friday, in a rant that was unhinged even by Trump standards. “I didn’t need to do this,” Trump told the nation of the national emergency he was declaring to get his border wall built without congressional approval. This puts Senate Republicans in a tough spot, the poor dears. “He is usurping congressional authority,” Sen. Susan Collins said, beginning her usual act of pretending she’ll take a strong stand. Sen. Lamar Alexander sees problems, too, calling Trump’s action “inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution because, after the American Revolution against a king, our founders chose not to create a chief executive with the power to tax the people and spend their money any way he chooses.” Most Senate Republicans are standing by their man, but if the House forces them to vote on the national emergency, at least a few up for re-election in 2020 will have a tough choice of whether to alienate Trump’s base, aka Republican primary voters, or general election voters. White House white supremacist troll Stephen Miller was out making the case for Trump’s emergency declaration on Fox News on Sunday, insisting it’s totally legal and going to proceed quickly, and that “hundreds of miles, collectively” of wall will be built by September 2020, rather than tied up in legal challenges. For his part, Trump didn’t just eat golf club omelets. He also tweet-ranted against a comedy show, calling for “retribution” for an unflattering Saturday Night Live sketch. Because, again, that’s just how urgent this national emergency is to the guy who declared it.

Howard Schultz is an enemy of democracy: He wants to detonate the grenade in the Constitution

The Starbucks founder can't possibly win, and thanks to the 12th Amendment he could allow Trump to win by losing
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Howard Schultz is an enemy of democracy: He wants to detonate the grenade in the Constitution

The Starbucks founder can't possibly win, and thanks to the 12th Amendment he could allow Trump to win by losing

Morning Digest: Democratic-led coalition takes power in Alaska House, denying GOP its lone 2018 flip

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead
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Morning Digest: Democratic-led coalition takes power in Alaska House, denying GOP its lone 2018 flip

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● AK State House: In a remarkable turn of events, a Democratic-led coalition in Alaska's 40-member state House elected a new speaker on Thursday, despite the fact that Republicans won a nominal 23-seat majority in November's elections. At the time, those results had appeared to spell the end of a similar bipartisan alliance that had governed the House—and give the GOP its lone pickup of a legislative chamber last year. But that outcome has now been reversed, leaving Democrats largely in control. Campaign Action The three months since election night had been marked by non-stop turmoil in the House: Despite holding the most seats, Republicans simply could not find a candidate for speaker who could command a majority. In part, that was because two Republicans who'd been part of the previous coalition, Gabrielle LeDoux and Louise Stutes, resolutely voted against Dave Talerico, whom the GOP put forward four separate times. In addition, a third Republican, Gary Knopp, also resisted Talerico, saying he felt that a 21-person caucus—where any member could effectively exercise a veto—was a recipe for failure. As a result, Talerico could only garner 20 votes each time he was nominated for speaker, one shy of the number necessary to win. The logjam finally broke last week, though, after Democrat Bryce Edgmon, who'd been speaker for the last two years, dropped his party affiliation and formally became an independent, making it easier for him to win GOP support. A likely additional catalyst was a new budget unveiled Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, which featured breathtaking cuts across the board, including a 25 percent reduction in funding for health care and social services and a similar cut to education. Even Republicans in the legislature reacted with hostility. In the end, a full third of the way through the legislature's 90-day session, Edgmon was elected speaker by a 21-18 vote on Thursday. Two additional Republicans, Chuck Kopp and Jennifer Johnston, gave their support to Edgmon, along with LeDoux and Stutes and the chamber's other independent, Dan Ortiz. Two more Republicans who didn't vote for Edgmon, Steve Thompson and Tammie Wilson, subsequently joined the coalition, with Thompson becoming majority leader. Knopp was absent from the vote, but he said he hopes to join the coalition, too. That would make for a majority of 15 Democrats, two independents, and seven Republicans, an alliance that, as the Anchorage Daily News put it, is «much more likely to be an impediment» to Dunleavy's budget than a GOP-run House would have been. It's also a bitter denouement for national Republicans, who had crowed about flipping the chamber and gaining a coveted governing «trifecta» the day after the midterms. Instead, that dreamed-of trifecta is now just a memory, and progressives will retain a voice in how Alaska is run for at least the next two years.

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Doubling down on nothing

Nate Silver/FiveThirtyEight: Trump Keeps Doubling Down On The Same Failed Strategy Indeed, the act of declaring a national emergency to build a wall is even more unpopular than the wall itself — and the wall isn’t popular. Polls as tracked by PollingR
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Doubling down on nothing

Nate Silver/FiveThirtyEight: Trump Keeps Doubling Down On The Same Failed Strategy Indeed, the act of declaring a national emergency to build a wall is even more unpopular than the wall itself — and the wall isn’t popular. Polls as tracked by PollingReport.com show an average of 32 percent of Americans in favor of the declaration and 65 percent opposed. Even in an era where many of Trump’s top priorities poll only in the low-to-mid-40s, that’s an especially large split, with roughly twice as many voters opposed as in favor. Timothy O’Brien/Bloomberg: In Trump’s World, He Never Loses His Rose Garden speech declaring a national emergency and his decades of self-aggrandizement are more closely related than you might think. Back in the early 2000s, his casino company, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, was in familiar territory: mismanaged, saddled with debt it had trouble repaying, and ultimately forced into bankruptcy. The enterprise had to be restructured, and Trump saw his stake in the company reduced. “I don’t think it’s a failure; it’s a success,” he told the Associated Press after his casinos filed for bankruptcy protection in late 2004. “It’s really just a technical thing.” None of that amounted to failure, he also assured me at the time, because he still had a (much smaller) ownership stake after the bankruptcy. “It’s a successful deal,” he told me. “You’ll never write that, but it’s a great deal.” "The only thing bad about it is I get some unsophisticated press that says, ‘Trump went into bankruptcy,’” he added. “Somehow the B-word [bankruptcy] never caught on very well in this country. But the smartest people in the country call me and say, ‘How the [expletive] did you pull that off?’” xRepublicans are now for asset forfeitures to fund eminent domain condemnation of private property by unilateral executive action.— Scott Shapiro (@scottjshapiro) February 17, 2019

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Grasim to acquire chlor-alkali biz of KPR Industries for Rs 253 crore

The company, which has inked a definitive agreement to acquire the business, said the transaction will be funded through internal accruals.
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Grasim to acquire chlor-alkali biz of KPR Industries for Rs 253 crore

The company, which has inked a definitive agreement to acquire the business, said the transaction will be funded through internal accruals.

Over one-third of all computers in India affected by web-based attack: Kaspersky report

The primary method for spreading malicious programs to unsuspecting users has been - web threats via browsers, the report says.
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Over one-third of all computers in India affected by web-based attack: Kaspersky report

The primary method for spreading malicious programs to unsuspecting users has been - web threats via browsers, the report says.

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Study says U.S. Twitch streamers raked in roughly $87 million in 2017

A new study study estimates that revenue-earning American Twitch streamers grew to nearly 9,800 in 2017 (a 59 percent increase from 2016) and made an estimated $87.1 million (representing a 30 percent YOY increase). Twitch is one of the fastest growing platfo
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Study says U.S. Twitch streamers raked in roughly $87 million in 2017

A new study study estimates that revenue-earning American Twitch streamers grew to nearly 9,800 in 2017 (a 59 percent increase from 2016) and made an estimated $87.1 million (representing a 30 percent YOY increase). Twitch is one of the fastest growing platforms for American content creators. In terms of YOY growth in number of creators […]

Australia’s government and political parties hit by cyber attack from ‘sophisticated state actor’

The Australia government suffered a cyber attack that it suspects is the work of a “sophisticated state actor,” according to the country’s Prime Minister. PM Scott Morrison said today the computer network of the country’s parliament
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Australia’s government and political parties hit by cyber attack from ‘sophisticated state actor’

The Australia government suffered a cyber attack that it suspects is the work of a “sophisticated state actor,” according to the country’s Prime Minister. PM Scott Morrison said today the computer network of the country’s parliament, and those belonging to Liberal, Labor and Nationals parties, were targeted by an attack which took place a few weeks ago, The Sydney […]

Alan raises another $45 million for its health insurance product

Paris-based startup Alan has raised a Series B round of funding of $45 million (€40 million). Index Ventures is once again leading the round, with partners of DST Global also participating. The company had raised a $28 million funding round only ten months
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Alan raises another $45 million for its health insurance product

Paris-based startup Alan has raised a Series B round of funding of $45 million (€40 million). Index Ventures is once again leading the round, with partners of DST Global also participating. The company had raised a $28 million funding round only ten months ago. Alan is a software-as-a-service startup tackling a very specific industry — […]

GoCardless raises $75M Series E for its recurring payments network and heads to America

Compared to startups born into the frothy London fintech space as it exists today, 2011-founded GoCardless could well be considered a slow burner. However, in more recent years, the nearly 300 person company — headed up by co-founder and CEO Hiroki Take
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GoCardless raises $75M Series E for its recurring payments network and heads to America

Compared to startups born into the frothy London fintech space as it exists today, 2011-founded GoCardless could well be considered a slow burner. However, in more recent years, the nearly 300 person company — headed up by co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi — has undoubtedly stepped on the gas in a bid to become the […]

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Urban Outfitters Charges $40 for 5-Pack of Random Used VHS Tapes

Urban Outfitters is handling the global crisis about as well as any of us. Judging by its online stock, the lifestyle retailer just wants to curl up in bed with a pint of […] The post Urban Outfitters Charges $40 for 5-Pack of Random Used VHS Tapes appe
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Urban Outfitters Charges $40 for 5-Pack of Random Used VHS Tapes

Urban Outfitters is handling the global crisis about as well as any of us. Judging by its online stock, the lifestyle retailer just wants to curl up in bed with a pint of […] The post Urban Outfitters Charges $40 for 5-Pack of Random Used VHS Tapes appeared first on Geek.com.

ARKUP’s Next-Generation Floating Home at the Miami Yacht Show

ARKUP presents Arkup #1, its first 75-foot livable yacht, at the ongoing Miami Yacht Show, on view through February 18, 2019.According to ARKUP, Arkup #1 is the first model of a revolutionary floating home that addresses key challenges in urban planning and c
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ARKUP’s Next-Generation Floating Home at the Miami Yacht Show

ARKUP presents Arkup #1, its first 75-foot livable yacht, at the ongoing Miami Yacht Show, on view through February 18, 2019.According to ARKUP, Arkup #1 is the first model of a revolutionary floating home that addresses key challenges in urban planning and coastal living for future generations. Its hydraulic pilings allow it to put down a steady foundation in up to 25-feet and to raise the house above the waterline, making it as stable as a home on land. These livable yachts are fully solar-electric, mobile, and self-elevating, combining high-end design with cutting-edge technology.  “We are proud to unveil the first of our next-generation floating homes,” says Nicolas Derouin, CEO and co-founder of ARKUP. “Showcasing it during the Miami Yacht show will be a turning point for our company to get first-hand feedback from demanding clients and professionals.”“Many high-net-worth individuals have already expressed their interest in being the first to own and enjoy our livable yacht. We are thrilled to organize private showings for potential buyers on Star Island, Miami Beach,” says Arnaud Luguet, chief technology officer and co-founder of ARKUP.Furnished and decorated by the acclaimed Brazilian company Artefacto, the “ready-to-move-in” vessel will be docked on Star Island during the coming months and will be available for rental in the Miami Bay area. ARKUP also revealed that charter services would be available beginning March 2019.  ARKUP LLC is a Miami-based company founded in 2016 and it pioneers next-generation floating homes with its fully solar-electric, mobile, and self-elevating livable yachts. “The livable yachts are completely solar-powered and feature silent electric propulsion to provide mobility and manoeuvrability. An automated hydraulic jack-up system, allowing the vessel to put down a stable foundation in up to 20-feet of water, ensures stability and hurricane resilience. The livable yacht has four bedrooms in 2,600-square-feet of indoor space, with 4,350-square-feet in total, including its terraces and balconies. To achieve its sustainability objectives, the Arkup design is 100 percent solar-powered and has systems for harvesting and purifying rainwater, for complete independence,” states the press release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the yacht.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Leads Seaport World Trade Center Revitalization in Boston

Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL) has released details of their second US project: the Seaport World Trade Center, an expansive 68,500-square-meter mixed-use development on Commonwealth Pier in Boston’s vibrant Seaport District. The project will transform the his
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Leads Seaport World Trade Center Revitalization in Boston

Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL) has released details of their second US project: the Seaport World Trade Center, an expansive 68,500-square-meter mixed-use development on Commonwealth Pier in Boston’s vibrant Seaport District. The project will transform the historic maritime site into a new waterfront destination with modern, flexible office space, new public amenities, retail, and dining, and dynamic event space. The adaptive reuse project seeks to maintain the site’s historic origins, while introducing new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity, according to SHL.“The Seaport World Trade Center project is a magnificent historical site with the ambition to become a central component of the rapidly developing Seaport District,” said Partner and Design Director Kristian Ahlmark. “This project is about more than redesigning a building. It becomes a masterplanning task as thousands of people will utilize the building and its surrounding plazas, courtyards and walkways each day.”Giving details of the project, SHL stated that throughout the development, 15,200 square meters of new and enhanced outdoor public space including courtyards, walkways, green rest spaces, and a grand plaza, will invite office workers and the public onto the pier. The new 2,300-square-meter public waterfront plaza, located near the southwest corner of the site, will become the pier’s central gathering point. The pedestrian experience along Seaport Boulevard will improve with the addition of 4,180 square meters of new retail space across the upper and ground floors of the iconic Headhouse structure, as well as increased connectivity to the upper level of the Seaport World Trade Center.According to the architects, the Seaport World Trade Center has a sustainability target of LEED Gold certification.The project is being developed in collaboration with developer Pembroke Real Estate LLC, executive architect CBT Architects, and landscaping by Sasaki. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Junya Ishigami to Design Serpentine Pavilion 2019

The celebrated Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.Ishigami is renowned for his experimental structures that “interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena.”According t
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Junya Ishigami to Design Serpentine Pavilion 2019

The celebrated Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.Ishigami is renowned for his experimental structures that “interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena.”According to Serpentine Galleries, he is known for designs with dream-like qualities that incorporate the natural world, such as landscapes, forests and clouds, in an architectural practice that places humankind as part of nature.The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is inspired by roofs. Ishigami arranges slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding park. The interior of the pavilion houses an enclosed cave-like space for contemplation. For Ishigami, the pavilion articulates his “free space” philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature, as described in a press release from Serpentine Galleries.Describing his design, Ishigami said: “My design for the pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural landscape, emphasizing a natural and organic feel as though it had grown out of the lawn, resembling a hill made out of rocks. This is an attempt to supplement traditional architecture with modern methodologies and concepts, to create in this place an expanse of scenery like never seen before. Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, and simultaneously appearing so light it could blow away in the breeze, the cluster of scattered rock levitates, like a billowing piece of fabric.”Junya Ishigami (b. 1974) worked as an architect at SANAA before founding the prize-winning Junya Ishigami + Associates in 2004. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010, he was the subject of a major and critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2018 that is traveling to the Power Station of Art in Shanghai later this year.Ishigami is the 19th architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens.Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel said: “We are thrilled to be able to share the designs for Junya Ishigami’s Serpentine Pavilion — a structure informed by the natural world and situated in the middle of one of London’s greenest spaces: Kensington Gardens.”Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the pavilion design.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Study: Indoor Air Quality Levels ‘On Par With’ Polluted Major City

Cooking, cleaning, and other routine household activities are polluting your home, according to the University of Colorado Boulder. Taco Tuesdays and weekly washes, it turns out, generate significant levels of particulate chemicals, leading […] The pos
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Study: Indoor Air Quality Levels ‘On Par With’ Polluted Major City

Cooking, cleaning, and other routine household activities are polluting your home, according to the University of Colorado Boulder. Taco Tuesdays and weekly washes, it turns out, generate significant levels of particulate chemicals, leading […] The post Study: Indoor Air Quality Levels ‘On Par With’ Polluted Major City appeared first on Geek.com.

Berlin to get single travel app for public, private services

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is unveiling a new app that will let people use public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis seamlessly to travel through the German capital. The app presented Monday is the work of Lithuanian start-up Trafi and is already in use
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Berlin to get single travel app for public, private services

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is unveiling a new app that will let people use public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis seamlessly to travel through the German capital. The app presented Monday is the work of Lithuanian start-up Trafi and is already in use, under different names, in Vilnius, Rio ...

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Erik Jones' day of «never giving up» nets third at Daytona

But Sunday, Jones managed to drive his damaged No. 20 Toyota up into contention for the win in overtime before hanging on to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500.Jones’ career-best finish in the 500 – he wrecked out of his first two 500s – gave Joe G
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Erik Jones' day of «never giving up» nets third at Daytona

But Sunday, Jones managed to drive his damaged No. 20 Toyota up into contention for the win in overtime before hanging on to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500.Jones’ career-best finish in the 500 – he wrecked out of his first two 500s – gave Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2-3 finish as his teammate Denny Hamlin picked up his second career victory in the “Great American Race.”“A day ...Keep reading

Pirelli's shiny look part of raft of changes for 2019

The extra glossy surface became clear on the opening day of F1's first pre-season test at Barcelona in Spain on Monday as the 2019 cars appeared for the first time.The change in appearance is a consequence of Pirelli shifting its production to use a chrome mo
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Pirelli's shiny look part of raft of changes for 2019

The extra glossy surface became clear on the opening day of F1's first pre-season test at Barcelona in Spain on Monday as the 2019 cars appeared for the first time.The change in appearance is a consequence of Pirelli shifting its production to use a chrome mould, which has been done to help ensure its softest tyres have a better surface.Asked about the change, Pirelli's racing manager ...Keep reading

FIA introduces more strict fuel usage tests for F1

The new procedures suggest that the governing body has been alerted to possible grey areas concerning fuel usage in races, and is keen to address any suspicions, having already tightened up checks in the latter part of 2018.Teams will now be asked to declare
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FIA introduces more strict fuel usage tests for F1

The new procedures suggest that the governing body has been alerted to possible grey areas concerning fuel usage in races, and is keen to address any suspicions, having already tightened up checks in the latter part of 2018.Teams will now be asked to declare how much fuel they are planning to put in the car for the race, and FIA technical boss Jo Bauer and his team will have the right to weigh ...Keep reading

Chris Broussard doesn’t think Kevin Durant’s All-Star MVP enhances his legacy

Chris Broussard reacts to Kevin Durant being named the 2019 NBA All-Star MVP. Hear why Broussard doesn't think this win enhances KD's legacy.
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Chris Broussard doesn’t think Kevin Durant’s All-Star MVP enhances his legacy

Chris Broussard reacts to Kevin Durant being named the 2019 NBA All-Star MVP. Hear why Broussard doesn't think this win enhances KD's legacy.

Red Bull will win races with Honda in 2019 - Tost

Tost, whose team used Honda engines in 2018, has been a huge supporter of Honda since the start of last season, and his views played a part in convincing Red Bull to switch from Renault power for this season.He is now confident that the senior outfit will be
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Red Bull will win races with Honda in 2019 - Tost

Tost, whose team used Honda engines in 2018, has been a huge supporter of Honda since the start of last season, and his views played a part in convincing Red Bull to switch from Renault power for this season.He is now confident that the senior outfit will be very competitive with its new partner.«I am very happy about this,» said Tost when asked about Honda's progress. "All the ...Keep reading

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