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Flipkart, Amazon in festive sale slugfest, each claims bigger share than other

Less than three days into their biggest annual sale, both Flipkart and Amazon said they have record-breaking numbers across categories like smartphones, large appliances and apparel and claimed they were way ahead of the other.

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Open thread for night owls: Fox News viewers aren't hearing much about North Carolina election fraud

As revelations of an orchestrated campaign of election fraud roil the 9th congressional district of North Carolina, a scheme that allegedly included absentee ballot destruction and Republican operatives altering other ballots to give Republican congressional
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Open thread for night owls: Fox News viewers aren't hearing much about North Carolina election fraud

As revelations of an orchestrated campaign of election fraud roil the 9th congressional district of North Carolina, a scheme that allegedly included absentee ballot destruction and Republican operatives altering other ballots to give Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris a boost, Fox News is uncharacteristically reluctant to inform their viewers of what could be the most substantial incident of election fraud in recent history. Fox & Friends First reported on the story for less than 30 seconds, claiming that “ballots may have been illegally collected” without making it clear which party’s candidate is facing allegations. The hosts then pivoted to yet another story on incoming freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. [...] Dana Perino, host of The Daily Briefing, hosted a segment which explained the allegations, but again did not say which party likely benefited from the alleged election fraud. Additionally, the segment pointed out that Harris was still technically in the lead by 905 votes, but did not specifically mention that the alleged election fraud very well could have impacted this outcome. To be fair to the network, there has been plenty of other breaking news competing for viewers' limited attention of late. Tucker Carlson, for example, hosted a segment in which his guest warned that «feminism has ambitions to take over civilization» and are «trying to disappear males.» It is difficult to focus on the validity of American elections when the very existence of menfolk is in question. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xCongressional hearings are now necessary to determine whether DOD was incompetent or disingenuous—or both—in failing to charge Saudis for refueling bombing runs in Yemen.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 10, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2004—Powell: won't seek political office:  While yesterday's Q-poll showed Colin Powell polling decently in hypothetical NY governor and senate races, the integrity-free outgoing secretary of state says he's not interested. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday he won't seek political office, dismissing suggestions that he run for governor or senator in New York. Asked about a poll that shows him favored in a hypothetical matchup for the governor's race, Powell said, «I'm not going to be running for office even in my beloved home state of New York, as flattering as that poll might be.» [...] «I don't think I've ever said I wouldn't be interested in public life again,» Powell said. «I think I've repeatedly said over the course of nine-plus years that I've had no interest in political office.» The GOP bench in NY is exactly one man deep without a Powell candidacy -- Giuliani. Expect state Republicans to keep talking up a Powell candidacy over the next two years as they grow increasingly desperate in their efforts to take on HIllary and hold the governorship. Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

'Panama Papers' and Colombian government demonstrate how to decrease tax evasion by the wealthy

The Panama Papers are back in the news, as the U.S. brought its first indictments against four men connected to Mossack Fonseca, an offshore account used to launder money and avoid taxes.  This week, while researching the papers, I came across an interest
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'Panama Papers' and Colombian government demonstrate how to decrease tax evasion by the wealthy

The Panama Papers are back in the news, as the U.S. brought its first indictments against four men connected to Mossack Fonseca, an offshore account used to launder money and avoid taxes.  This week, while researching the papers, I came across an interesting piece of research by Juliana Londoño-Vélez at UC Berkeley that used some special circumstances in Colombia to examine how the leaked papers impacted reporting of assets. Her paper is titled: “Can Wealth Taxation Work in Developing Countries? Quasi-experimental Evidence from Colombia.” This is interesting because there is much debate about the behavioral responses to wealth taxes and enforcement, and Columbia provides a unique opportunity because they imposed a series of wealth taxes and they required yearly reporting on wealth.  Here’s a brief summary of Londoño-Vélez’s study.  The unique situation in Columbia  It’s difficult to study behavioral responses to wealth taxation. The problem is threefold because: Few countries collect data on wealth  It’s rare to find an event that occurs that’s large enough to impact behavior  It’s difficult to measure responses to taxation, especially because secrecy is what makes tax shelters popular The situation in Colombia and the release of the Panama Papers provides an opportunity to overcome these challenges. 

Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable?

If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?
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Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable?

If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?

Yes, Virginia, there are progressives in rural America

Election Day 2018 was a significant success for Democratic Party efforts nationwide, capturing the U.S. House and several governorships, along with other statewide offices around the country. You’d think with this result, we’d be praising success, talkin
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Yes, Virginia, there are progressives in rural America

Election Day 2018 was a significant success for Democratic Party efforts nationwide, capturing the U.S. House and several governorships, along with other statewide offices around the country. You’d think with this result, we’d be praising success, talking about how to replicate it, and looking at ways to tweak and improve. Instead, as is typical, we have spent a lot of our time wringing our hands and wondering how, exactly, we could do better, combined with assumptions of why, exactly, we didn’t succeed in races that we had hoped to prevail in. Along with this handwringing has come a new call, often by former elected officials, to look seriously at the Democratic Party and contend that the answer is we are losing rural communities and trend red districts because, by gosh, the party is simply too liberal and progressive. So the answer is to come up with a way to be, well, less liberal  and progressive. In an interview with NPR, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill decried the fact that the party has imposed hard rules, which, in her view, make it difficult to attract voters to moderate candidates. What McCaskill doesn’t point out is that in 2016 Jason Kander, who ran a far more progressive campaign, performed just as well—and often better—in rural counties throughout the state.  Both candidates lost, and a presidential year does have an uptick, but if the reason rural voters stayed away was that they were upset with a progressive message, it would stand to reason that a progressive campaign would significantly underperform a moderate one. That simply didn’t happen. Why? Because this common wisdom, that rural areas are packed with Democratic voters who want socially conservative candidates, is a combination of hype, bunk, and a little bit of salesmanship. What it isn’t, however, is a recipe for success.

Ilhan Omar tells pastor 'you’re gonna have to just deal' with her hijab on the House floor

E.W. Jackson, a conservative pastor who claims he is not Islamaphobic, expressed his horror that Democratic legislators are hoping to reverse a ban prohibiting headwear from being worn on the House floor in his radio show. For people who wear headwear for re
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Ilhan Omar tells pastor 'you’re gonna have to just deal' with her hijab on the House floor

E.W. Jackson, a conservative pastor who claims he is not Islamaphobic, expressed his horror that Democratic legislators are hoping to reverse a ban prohibiting headwear from being worn on the House floor in his radio show. For people who wear headwear for religious reasons, this rule creates an obvious problem. But as The Hill first reported, Jackson expressed his concerns on his radio program and, well, they’re pretty Islamaphobic. «The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic,» Jackson said. «We are a Judeo-Christian country. We are a nation rooted and grounded in Christianity and that's that.»

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Onion price slump adds to farm distress, sharpens Modi's election stakes

A growing disenchantment with the faltering profitability of farming has emerged as a political variable. But how much of a risk does it pose to the government?
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Onion price slump adds to farm distress, sharpens Modi's election stakes

A growing disenchantment with the faltering profitability of farming has emerged as a political variable. But how much of a risk does it pose to the government?

Ex-Nissan boss formally charged for financial misconduct

Japanese prosecutors have charged former Nissan head Carlos Ghosn with financial misconduct for under-reporting his income by 5 billion yen ($44 million). Nissan has also been indicted for filing false financial statements. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Ex-Nissan boss formally charged for financial misconduct

Japanese prosecutors have charged former Nissan head Carlos Ghosn with financial misconduct for under-reporting his income by 5 billion yen ($44 million). Nissan has also been indicted for filing false financial statements. Read Full Article at RT.com

Bear market already here, brace for 20% stock plunge – Ned Davis Research

The wild trading that has gripped Wall Street is no ordinary stock market correction but an official bear market, according to Ned Davis Research. It warned the market may soon get hit with another batch of discouraging news. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Bear market already here, brace for 20% stock plunge – Ned Davis Research

The wild trading that has gripped Wall Street is no ordinary stock market correction but an official bear market, according to Ned Davis Research. It warned the market may soon get hit with another batch of discouraging news. Read Full Article at RT.com

Hilton inks pact with Kalyani Group to develop a DoubleTree by Hilton in Bengaluru

«Our partnership with Kalyani Group reinforces our promise to expand our portfolio in India and offer Hilton guests more opportunities to experience the warmth of Hilton hospitality across multiple locations,» Hilton India Senior VP and Country He
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Hilton inks pact with Kalyani Group to develop a DoubleTree by Hilton in Bengaluru

«Our partnership with Kalyani Group reinforces our promise to expand our portfolio in India and offer Hilton guests more opportunities to experience the warmth of Hilton hospitality across multiple locations,» Hilton India Senior VP and Country Head Navjit Ahluwalia said.

Bank lending to NBFCs grows 55% in a year, amidst all the drama

In the last year, over 2 lakh crore has been given to NBFCs as “incremental credit”. That’s even more than any other subsegment of the economy – including housing
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Bank lending to NBFCs grows 55% in a year, amidst all the drama

In the last year, over 2 lakh crore has been given to NBFCs as “incremental credit”. That’s even more than any other subsegment of the economy – including housing

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Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train tracking apps

Google is increasing its efforts in India after it snapped up the team behind popular transportation app ‘Where is my Train.’ The app claims 10 million registered users and, as the name suggests, it helps commuters track arrivals and departures a
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Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train tracking apps

Google is increasing its efforts in India after it snapped up the team behind popular transportation app ‘Where is my Train.’ The app claims 10 million registered users and, as the name suggests, it helps commuters track arrivals and departures as well as buying seats. That’s no small job given that India is estimated to operate […]

China’s JD.com teams up with Intel to develop ‘smart’ retail experiences

Months after it landed a major $550 million investment from Google, China’s JD.com — the country’s second highest-profile investor behind Alibaba — has teamed up with another U.S. tech giant: Intel. JD and Intel said today that they wi
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China’s JD.com teams up with Intel to develop ‘smart’ retail experiences

Months after it landed a major $550 million investment from Google, China’s JD.com — the country’s second highest-profile investor behind Alibaba — has teamed up with another U.S. tech giant: Intel. JD and Intel said today that they will set up a “lab” focused on bringing internet-of-things technology into the retail process. That could include […]

Waggel launches ‘fully digital’ pet insurance

Waggel, a new ‘insurtech’ startup in the U.K., is officially launching today to offer what it describes as “fully digital” pet insurance. Founded by Andrew Leal, and Ross Fretten (a contestant of The Apprentice 2017), the company want
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Waggel launches ‘fully digital’ pet insurance

Waggel, a new ‘insurtech’ startup in the U.K., is officially launching today to offer what it describes as “fully digital” pet insurance. Founded by Andrew Leal, and Ross Fretten (a contestant of The Apprentice 2017), the company wants to offer more transparent cover for your pet, where you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying and […]

Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO

China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offer
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Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO

China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offerings in the US. But the firm has landed in hot water in the months leading up to […]

Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as
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Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Nigerian consumer data analytics firm Terragon Group  acquired Asian […]

Some things Jack Dorsey didn’t mention in his Myanmar meditation travelogue

Twitter co-founder and chief executive officer Jack Dorsey recently went on a birthday trip to Myanmar. As Dorsey recounted in a series of tweets to his 4.1 million followers, he studied Vipassana meditation. The practice’s “singular objective is to h
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Some things Jack Dorsey didn’t mention in his Myanmar meditation travelogue

Twitter co-founder and chief executive officer Jack Dorsey recently went on a birthday trip to Myanmar. As Dorsey recounted in a series of tweets to his 4.1 million followers, he studied Vipassana meditation. The practice’s “singular objective is to hack the deepest layer of the mind and reprogram it,” Dorsey wrote, and it is “likely […]

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Radio star Glenn Beck gives $50K to Lincoln artifacts debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln in the 16th president's hometown. Beck's charity called Mercury One has donated $50,000 toward a $9.2 millio
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Radio star Glenn Beck gives $50K to Lincoln artifacts debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln in the 16th president's hometown. Beck's charity called Mercury One has donated $50,000 toward a $9.2 million debt owed for a collection of 1,400 artifacts purchased ...

EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union has prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country. EU headquarters said Monday that travel bans and as
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EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union has prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country. EU headquarters said Monday that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed for a year against Congo's ruling party candidate ...

Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women's soccer

MADRID (AP) - In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in
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Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women's soccer

MADRID (AP) - In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president ...

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory fo
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Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years. ...

“Dimensions of Citizenship” at Wrightwood 659

“Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos,” was the official US entry at the recently concluded 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Featuring seven unique installations, “Dimension
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“Dimensions of Citizenship” at Wrightwood 659

“Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos,” was the official US entry at the recently concluded 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Featuring seven unique installations, “Dimensions of Citizenship” will now be on view for the first time in the United States at Wrightwood 659, a new art space located at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago, from February 15 through April 27, 2019.The exhibition explores the notion of citizenship today and the potential role of architecture and design in creating spaces for it. Each of the seven unique installations is created by a transdisciplinary team of architects and designers.The teams included Amanda Williams + Andres L. Hernandez, in collaboration with Shani Crowe; Studio Gang; SCAPE; Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan, Robert Gerard Pietrusko with Columbia Center for Spatial Research; Keller Easterling with MANY; and Design Earth.According to the press release, each of the works in “Dimensions of Citizenship” grapples with the potential meanings and architectural implications of citizenship at a different scale: from a project focused on the citizen, to an exploration of Civitas, with its implications of shared purpose and responsibility, through region, nation, globe, network, and, finally, cosmos. The resulting works use design to address a diversity of issues, including the meaning of “home,” the right to public space, the uses of civic monuments, the dynamics of borderlands, and the conditions of global migration, among others. The project was commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the University of Chicago (UChicago) on behalf of the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is being presented with the support of Alphawood Foundation Chicago. A range of public programs exploring citizenship and belonging, including talks, performances, workshops, and engagement with local partners will accompany the exhibition.Lisa Cavanaugh, Director, Wrightwood 659, says: “‘Dimensions of Citizenship’ eloquently embodies Wrightwood 659’s dual focus: on architecture and on art that engages with the pressing issues of our day. It would be difficult to think of a more urgent and timely issue than what it means to be a citizen. We hope that this exhibition will provoke visitors to think about multiple aspects of citizenship and how architects, designers, and artists might respond to them. We are grateful to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago for enabling us to present this important exhibition.” https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

New Mexico mayor to donate $10K for eyed Judy Chicago museum

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - The mayor of a small New Mexico city has announced he will donate a year of his salary to help open a museum in town dedicated to a feminist artist. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova recently announced he would give a
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New Mexico mayor to donate $10K for eyed Judy Chicago museum

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - The mayor of a small New Mexico city has announced he will donate a year of his salary to help open a museum in town dedicated to a feminist artist. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova recently announced he would give around $10,000 toward ...

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NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle

In case you missed it in Week 14 of the NFL season: As good a coach as Bill Belichick is, his Patriots made a mistake on what turned into the Miami Miracle
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NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle

In case you missed it in Week 14 of the NFL season: As good a coach as Bill Belichick is, his Patriots made a mistake on what turned into the Miami Miracle

Oregon's No. 3 ranking to dip after loss at Michigan State

Kelly Graves thought his Oregon Ducks hadn't really done anything to deserve the No. 3 ranking in the AP Top 25 _ the school's best ever
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Oregon's No. 3 ranking to dip after loss at Michigan State

Kelly Graves thought his Oregon Ducks hadn't really done anything to deserve the No. 3 ranking in the AP Top 25 _ the school's best ever

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