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  • Supreme court rules states can collect sales tax from online retailers

    Court overturns pre-internet ruling that had allowed many internet businesses to avoid paying the duties The supreme court ruled on Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales tax from customers, overturning an pre-internet ruling that had allowed many internet businesses to avoid paying the duties. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old supreme court decisions that impacted online...

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  • Philadelphia Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

    Hot dog fired into crowd injures supporter at Phillies gameFan doesn’t plan legal action after diagnosis of hematomaIt was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia. Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night’s Phillies game when the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she says, all of a sudden a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face. Continue reading...

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  • Sam Bee calls Trump's executive order 'not a solution, not new, and not legal'

    Comics discussed Trump’s decision to reverse his family separation policy, meaning migrant families will be detained together Late-night hosts on Wednesday addressed the backlash to Donald Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, which led to the president signing an executive order saying families will instead be detained together. Related: Colbert on family separation: 'either you're horrified, or you work for Trump' Continue reading...

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  • Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits over relationship with employee

    Tech firm says relationship was in violation of the company’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers The Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is resigning after the company learned of a consensual relationship that he had with an employee. Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Continue reading...

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  • Quitting UN human rights council puts US 'on wrong side of history' – activists

    Loss of moral leadership lamented as Trump administration is accused of wilfully undermining global justice The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the UN human rights council puts the US on the wrong side of history and should be urgently reversed, activists have said. The council needed reform, said campaigners, but remained a vital force for accountability and justice in a “post-rights world”. Continue reading...

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  • New divides over oil prices as Opec heads for crunch meeting

    Why Saudi Arabia is pushing for a big production hike, while Iran and Venezuela oppose one The world’s major oil-producing countries are under pressure from the US, China and Russia to pump more crude and bring down oil prices. But Opec’s crunch meeting in Vienna on Friday finds the oil cartel divided after nearly two years of unity over production curbs, which were due to run until the year’s end. Continue reading...

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  • Child separations: what does Trump's order actually mean?

    Attempt to calm outcry over his ‘zero-tolerance’ border policy raises further questions While Trump has said he does not like seeing families separated, the practical impact of his executive order remains highly confusing, not least for some 2,300 children who have already been caught up in the “zero-tolerance” policy announced by the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in April. Continue reading...

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  • Revealed: Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders

    • Documents released to the Guardian show Tuscan contains more than 680,000 names provided to every border guard• Database is effectively a second Canadian no-fly list, run by the US Canadian border guards have been screening travellers using a huge, secretive US anti-terrorism database that is almost never referred to publicly, new documents reveal. The database, called Tuscan, is provided to every Canadian border guard and immigration officer, and empowers them to detain, interrogate, arrest...

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  • Why Trump thinks domestic violence victims don't deserve asylum

    A devastating new policy stems from misogyny and deep antipathy towards immigrants If there is one theme to the Trump administration’s immigration rules, largely crafted by Jeff Sessions and the White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, it is this: target the most vulnerable. We saw that at play in the egregious policy, reversed on Wednesday after a public outcry, of separating children from their parents at the border, and warehousing them in cages where they cry for their parents. And we see...

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  • House struggles to unite behind bills to stem border crisis

    WASHINGTON >> Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing ahead with votes on rival House GOP immigration bills, but neither appears to have enough support for passage, prompting President Donald Trump to take executive action Wednesday to stem the crisis of family separations at the border. Trump has said he's "1,000 percent" behind both GOP bills, but restive House Republicans have all but begged GOP leaders for more clarity about what the president would actually sign.

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  • Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers

    DULUTH, Minn. >> Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Donald Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally to defend his hard-line immigration policies while unleashing a torrent of grievances about the media and those investigating him.

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  • Daimler issues profit warning on back of US-China trade dispute

    Mercedes-Benz maker expects the tit-for-tat tariff spat to hit car sales The Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler has become the first major company to issue a profit warning after being hit by the escalating trade war between the US and China. The German carmaker said on Wednesday night that it expected profits this year to be “slightly below the previous year’s level”. It had previously pencilled in a slight rise. Continue reading...

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  • 'Say hello to mommy': Trump mocks protester at Minnesota rally – video

    Donald Trump takes aim at protester at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, saying 'he's going home to his mom.' The president goes on to predict the media will report that there were massive protests at the rally. He briefly mentions his executive order to keep detained families together but says the tough stance on immigration would remain. He blames the Democrats for the immigration problems, claiming they do not care about the effects of uncontrolled immigration Continue reading...

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  • Eight things we learned from Trump's Minnesota speech

    Over the course of nearly an hour, the president covered a range of topics. Here is a brief rundown Donald Trump took to the stage in front of thousands of cheering supporters in Duluth, Minnesota, at a rally in support of Congressional candidate Pete Stauber, just hours after signing an executive order to put an end to the policy of separating children from their parents at the US border. Related: Trump on child separations: outcry is a distraction by Democrats Continue reading...

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  • Nato head calls for unity after Trump discord and Russia threat

    Jens Stoltenberg speech to argue strategic value of transatlantic partnership The Nato secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, is to use a major speech in London on Thursday to express hope the alliance will hold together in spite of threats from Donald Trump. He will acknowledge differences and disagreements between the US and other allies are real. But he will argue that Nato has been able to overcome such problems in the past and can do so again. Continue reading...

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  • James Comey: 'You stare at children crying – what kind of people are we?’

    Would Hillary Clinton be in the White House – and the world a better place – if not for the former FBI director? He talks conscience, regret, and why the US public will vote Trump out Are there times, in the dead of night, just after Donald Trump has appalled the world with some newly horrific act, when James Comey is gripped by the dreaded thought: It was me who put that man in power? The answer Comey gives is unexpectedly swift and direct. “Yes, actually. Mostly because people say that to me...

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  • Dear America, we can teach you a few things about cruelty to refugees. Love, Australia

    We are a small nation, but on this issue we really punch above our weight Every time there is mass gun violence in America, Australians can be counted on to give Americans an earnest lecture on how we do it better. We got rid of guns after Port Arthur in 1996 – why can’t they just do that, and solve their gun problem? But Australia has been more subdued this week – a week when the media showed images of children separated from their parents, imprisoned in cages on the US/Mexican border. ...

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  • National Enquirer publisher subpoenaed in Michael Cohen inquiry

    Federal prosecutors are investigating Cohen’s links to $150,000 paid to playboy model alleging Trump affair Federal prosecutors issued a subpoena to the National Enquirer’s publisher for records pertaining to a $150,000 payment the magazine made before the 2016 presidential election to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who has said she had an affair with Donald Trump. The subpoena, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was issued this spring by prosecutors in the southern district of...

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  • Trump on child separations: outcry is a distraction by Democrats

    Hours after retreating from policy, president uses issue to lash opposition and revive attacks on Hillary Clinton Only hours after signing an executive order to end the practice of separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border, Donald Trump said the public uproar over his administration’s policy was a distraction by Democrats from a report into the FBI’s Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. Speaking to packed rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday night, Trump tied the issue to the...

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  • Without Trump administration plan to reunite families, burden falls to NGOs

    Organisations say bringing parents and children back together is an enormous puzzle with no single, clear systemDonald Trump signs executive order to end family separationsDonald Trump may have signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the southern border, but his administration is not making any special efforts to immediately reunite the 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents under his “zero tolerance” policy. The lack of action has created an...

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  • No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons, Mattis admits

    No one knows when meeting about it will be held either, contrary to Trump’s promise after Singapore summit The US defence secretary, James Mattis, has said he is unaware of any steps taken by North Korea towards dismantling its nuclear weapons programme since the Singapore summit and does not expect any in the immediate future. Mattis was speaking to reporters amid confusion over the diplomatic follow-up to last week’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Continue reading...

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  • 'Trump slump': gunmaker American Outdoor Brands hit by sharp sales drop

    Firearms sales fall 40% for firm once called Smith & WessonFigures continue downward trend under pro-gun presidentThe “Trump slump” struck again on Wednesday as American Outdoor Brands Corporation, the gunmaker formerly known as Smith & Wesson, reported another sharp drop in sales. Full year net sales were $606.9m compared with $903.2m a year ago, a decrease of 32.8%. Firearms sales alone were even harder hit, dropping more than 40%. Continue reading...

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  • Instagram launches long-form videos in bid to lure YouTube generation

    Videos of up to an hour are effort to pull young users away from rival, and to allow Facebook to sell more ads Instagram will increase its video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users, in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube. In the expansion, announced Wednesday, Instagram accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour. Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The video will eventually give Facebook, Instagram’s...

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  • Trump's cruel border policies created a needless crisis. It's far from over

    The US president has reversed his position on family separations. But we are not about to see a humane policy replacing an inhumane one Was it the “tender age” inmates, the rare sight of all the Senate’s Republicans growing a spine, or the even rarer sight of intervention from every one of the nation’s first ladies? We’ll never know the truth behind Donald Trump’s humiliating reversal of his own brutal policy of separating thousands of immigrant children from their parents at the border....

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