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 2018-06-20 12:28 

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Disney increases Fox bid to $71.3 billion to beat Comcast...

The Walt Disney Company announced Wednesday a new $38-per-share acquisition bid for 21st Century Fox, giving Fox shareholders the option to select cash or stock in the combined entity. Why it matters : Disney was forced to increase its bid for Fox's e...

 2018-06-20 11:38 

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Pope Francis denounces Trump's family separation policy...

Pope Francis has spoken out against the Trump administration's c ontroversial zero-tolerance border policy and the separation of migrant families in an exclusive interview with Reuters . It's not easy, but populism is not the solution. Pope Franci...

 2018-06-20 11:31 

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EU's retaliatory tariffs against U.S. set to begin this week...

The European Union will begin charging a 25% tariff on $3.2 billion dollars of U.S. products on Friday in response to President Trump's decision not to exempt Europe from sweeping tariffs on aluminum and steel, per Reuters. The backdrop: The EU's ...

 2018-06-20 10:16 

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Trump holds forth during private dinner with supporters...

After leaving the Capitol, President Trump spoke for 40 minutes last night to a dinner for supporters of his allied fundraising group, America First, at Trump International Hotel. Trump, letting loose, discussing his decision to move the U.S. embassy in I...

 2018-06-20 10:05 

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Trump "boxed in," won't back down on family separation...

Speaking to House Republicans at the Capitol last evening, President Trump admitted the political pressure over family separations at the border is growing. But a top aide said Trump "doesn't want to look weak" by backing down. What we're ...

 2018-06-20 09:00 

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Trump punts the border crisis to a broken Congress...

President Trump's border crisis is only the latest example of the administration enacting a policy with drastic implications and telling Congress to fix it. The problem is that the strategy hasn't worked in the past, with negotiations going down i...

 2018-06-20 08:30 

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Why rural counties are dying in America...

Data: U.S. Census Bureau ; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios Rural counties — particularly in the Midwest and Northeast of the U.S. — are losing people due to higher death rates than birth rates and more people moving away than moving in. Why it...

 2018-06-20 03:04 

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Babies and other young migrants being housed in "tender age" shelters...

Babies and toddlers who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border are being housed in at least three "tender age" shelters in Southern Texas, the AP's Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza report , with a fourth shelter expec...

 2018-06-19 23:21 

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Go deeper: The government pushback on family separation...

In the last several days, pressure has mounted at increasing rates on the Trump administration to change its hotly-contested policy of separating children from their parents apprehended at the border. The big picture: Trump and administration officials ha...

 2018-06-19 23:19 

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Microsoft employees urge it to drop immigration agency work...

More than 100 Microsoft workers signed an open letter calling for the company to sever its ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the agency's family separation policy. Why it matters : Microsoft said in a January blog post it was "pro...

 2018-06-19 21:47 

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Walgreens will replace General Electric on the Dow...

Walgreens will replace General Electric, an original member of the index, on the Down Jones Industrial Average on June 26. Why it matters: " With its addition, the DJIA will be more representative of the consumer and health care sectors of the U.S. ec...

 2018-06-19 21:32 

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U.S. backs out of UN Human Rights Council citing anti-Israel bias...

The Trump administration has left the United Nations Human Rights Council explaining that it believes the council has "shown bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members," reports the Washington Post ....

 2018-06-19 19:14 

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Suspected Senate staff leaker requests gag order aimed at Trump...

Former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer James Wolfe, who has been charged with lying to the FBI , requested a gag order for anyone involved in his case on Tuesday — which would prevent even President Trump from talking about it. The big picture...

 2018-06-19 19:11 

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Report: U.S. may not know location of as many as 6,000 migrant children...

A McClatchy review of federal data suggests the Trump administration may have lost track of 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children, more than the 1,500 kids federal officials previously acknowledged. Yes, but: The children are not actually lost, per federal...

 2018-06-19 19:09 

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McConnell: Family separation fix requires "narrow solution"...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that to solve the separation of immigrant children from their parents — an issue that has polarized the immigration debate in Washington — the legislative "fix" would have t...

 2018-06-19 16:49 

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Trump administration expands non-ACA health plans...

The Labor Department today finalized regulations that will expand access to "association health plans," allowing small businesses and individuals to band together and buy insurance as if they were a large company. Why it matters: This regulation i...

 2018-06-19 16:43 

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U.S. to leave U.N. Human Rights Council...

The Trump administration is finalizing a plan to remove the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg citing two people familiar with the matter. The big picture: The administration had long planned on l...

 2018-06-19 16:43 

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How cyber's forward defense could backfire...

In recent months, the Pentagon has begun taking a more aggressive posture in its approach to cyber conflicts, seeking to slow attacks by taking the fight to enemy networks. But experts worry that approach could escalate cyber conflicts in ways the U.S. ma...

 2018-06-19 15:52 

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IBM's AI can beat humans in an argument...

On Monday, a quarrelsome AI from IBM matched wits with a pair of human debaters in San Francisco in an impressive showcase of technology known as "computational argumentation." Why it matters: By quickly synthesizing persuasive arguments from a tr...

 2018-06-19 15:32 

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The big picture: Trump's latest Chinese tariffs announcement...

President Trump announced on Monday that he wants to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese exports on which to add tariffs of 10% — in addition to the $50 billion in tariffs the administration has already announced — which could set off the n...

 2018-06-19 14:53 

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T-Mobile and Sprint ask for merger approval...

T-Mobile and Sprint have formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve their proposed merger, according to documents filed Monday and posted Tuesday by the agency. Why it matters: The deal would be the latest consolidation in the telecom...

 2018-06-19 14:32 

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Currencies get crushed around the world...

Over the past few weeks, half a dozen countries around the world have seen their currencies collapse in the worst self-off in more than 5 years. The big picture: Since the global financial crisis in 2008, many "emerging markets" (countries in the ...

 2018-06-19 10:10 

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The regulatory mistakes that let Facebook & Google buy their ad dominance...

Several major acquisitions have helped Google and Facebook on their way to unprecedented dominance over the advertising supply chain, antitrust analysts argued at the Open Markets Institute forum in Washington last week. Why it matters: Many blame these t...

 2018-06-19 10:01 

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Trump's new challenge: owning the consequences of Trumpism...

President Trump is entering a new phase of his presidency: He's now dealing in real-time with the consequences of his policy decisions. The big picture: For 30 years , Trump told America what it'd be like if he were in charge. Better deals, richer...

 2018-06-19 10:01 

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Trump resists a rising tide on family separation...

The Wall Street Journal's lead editorial warns today: "The GOP's Immigration Meltdown ... Restrictionists may cost Republicans their majorities in Congress." What we're hearing: Nevertheless, West Wing sources tell Axios that President...

 2018-06-19 09:45 

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It's Congress vs. Trump on family separation...

The separation of children from their parents has become so toxic that lawmakers are scrambling to propose solutions — but they may not be able to overcome the finger-pointing between the Trump administration and Congress. Between the lines: Althoug...

 2018-06-19 09:30 

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Bottom line: Here's what happens when families cross the border...

Diagram: Rebecca Zisser, Lazaro Gamio/Axios Nearly 2,000 child migrants have been separated from their parents in the six weeks following the implementation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero-tolerance" policy, according to the Departmen...

 2018-06-19 09:30 

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Surprise! Experts way more trusted than celebrities on social media...

Technical experts and their peers are considered the most credible for information on social media, according to the latest 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer survey . By comparison, celebrities, corporate executives and journalists are considered far less cred...

 2018-06-19 09:00 

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Scoop: Self-driving startup lands Tesla and Uber vet...

Scoop: Voyage, the autonomous vehicles startup, is bringing on Drew Gray — an industry vet who was a senior self-driving engineer at Tesla, Uber and elsewhere — as chief technology officer. Why it matters: The company is focusing on providing ...

 2018-06-19 02:09 

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Former CIA officer charged in massive leak of agency hacking tools...

Federal prosecutors have charged former CIA computer engineer Joshua Schulte, 29, with stealing classified information, damaging agency computers, theft of government property, and lying to the FBI, the Justice Department announced Monday. Why it matters:...

 2018-06-19 02:09 

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Go deeper: AT&T's merger will change how we watch TV...

AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner will create a media conglomerate that combines premium content with a vast distribution network to deliver it to consumers. Why it matters: One of its first experiments in marrying the two will be a "skinny bundle...

 2018-06-18 23:42 

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Trump threatens additional tariffs on $200b worth of Chinese goods...

President Trump announced in a statement Monday night that, in addition to the administration's recently-announced tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from China, he has also directed the United States Trade Representative "to identify $200 bi...

 2018-06-18 22:58 

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Senate rejects Trump's ZTE deal...

The Senate voted Monday night to reinstate the U.S. ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, which has violated American sanctions and was labeled as a national security threat by the Pentagon. Why it matters: The Senate's rejection is a strong rebuke, by la...

 2018-06-18 22:22 

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Europe's immigration showdown...

The clock is ticking as German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to save her ruling coalition and stave off a political crisis in Europe by forging an immigration deal. The bigger picture: Italy's new populist government sent a chill around Europe last w...

 2018-06-18 21:27 

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DHS Secretary calls on Congress to "fix" child separation policy...

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen doubled down Monday on her defense of the Trump administration's extremely controversial policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, stating that the administration did not creat...

 2018-06-18 20:34 

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Secret audio reveals ICE agent joking while migrant kids wail...

A secret audio recording, obtained by ProPublica , captures the desperate screams from several Central American migrant children who were separated from their parents last week, while a border patrol agent jokes that their cries sound like an "orchest...

 2018-06-18 20:09 

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Microsoft "dismayed" by separation of families at the border...

Microsoft said Monday it is "dismayed" by the Trump administration's moves to forcibly separate children from their parents at the border and called on the administration to change its policy and Congress to pass legislation barring such polic...

 2018-06-18 20:05 

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The immigration numbers that could hurt Republicans in 2018...

A Quinnipiac poll shows that 66% of voters oppose the Trump's administration separating immigrant children from their parents, and 79% support DACA recipients staying in the country and applying for citizenship. Why it matters: Republicans running for...

 2018-06-18 19:04 

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The big picture: China's push to erase Taiwan...

Last week, the United States unveiled a $255 million new home for the American Institute of Taiwan — Washington's de facto embassy in Taipei. While the move angered Beijing, it was an outlier. Outside of Washington, President Xi Jinping's ha...

 2018-06-18 18:19 

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Go deeper: The U.S. industries hit hardest by a China trade war...

China's latest round of retaliatory tariffs , in response to the Trump administration's new tariffs on $50 billion worth Chinese goods, will directly hit 659 U.S. goods worth $34 billion, with more tariffs to come. The big picture: The goods affec...

 2018-06-18 16:59 

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Trump says he is directing Pentagon to create a "Space Force"...

President Donald Trump said today that he is "directing" the Pentagon "establish a space force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces," to be called the "Space Force." Why it matters: If a Space Force is created, it would be the 6...

 2018-06-18 16:30 

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Supreme Court will hear App Store antitrust case...

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on an antitrust case alleging that Apple created a monopoly with its App Store, which makes Apple the exclusive distributor of apps for the iPhone and takes a cut of app sale prices. Bottom line: If Apple is ...

 2018-06-18 15:04 

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Go deeper: DHS' Kirstjen Nielsen vs. the media on child separation...

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" border policy that criminally prosecutes every adult illegally crossing the border — a move that has separated almost 2,000 c...

 2018-06-18 14:33 

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What they're saying: Top GOPers speak out against child separation...

President Trump's family separation policy for illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked public outrage among Republican lawmakers. Why it matters: This wave of Republican rejection puts the Trump administration in a difficult position ...

 2018-06-18 14:31 

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Three reasons why Theranos matters...

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former Theranos president Sunny Balwani with 11 counts of criminally defrauding investors, patients and doctors. The details: Criminal charges were expected for Holmes, who has ye...

 2018-06-18 13:43 

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With Merkel under pressure on immigration, Trump piles on...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel bought herself two weeks reach a deal with other European countries on immigration, after demands from Interior Minister Horst Seehofer that migrants who have been registered as asylum-seekers in other countries be turned a...

 2018-06-18 13:01 

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5G moves one step closer to reality...

As mobile providers prepare to sink billions of dollars into the next generation of wireless networking, or 5G, engineers are still scrambling to nail down its technical details but were able to take key steps needed to start rolling out the network by th...

 2018-06-18 12:24 

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What it's like for children being held in immigration facilities...

"Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets,...

 2018-06-18 11:29 

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Audi CEO arrested amid VW's pollution cheating scandal...

Rupert Stadler, the CEO of German carmaker Audi, was arrested Monday, reports CNBC . The order came from a judge in Germany who has directed authorities to keep Stadler in custody so that he cannot obstruct or hinder an ongoing investigation into Volkswag...

 2018-06-18 10:04 

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Pressure grows on Trump to change border policy for kids...

Confronted by daily images of families being traumatized at the border, Republican lawmakers plan to increase pressure on President Trump to roll back a " zero tolerance " immigration policy resulting in parents being separated from children, GOP ...

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