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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is working the phones to convince wary leaders in Asia and Europe that Iran was behind alleged attacks on shipping in a key Middle East oil route — and that it's a problem for the whole international community to deal with, not just the United States. While calling U.S. evidence "unmistakable" that Iran was to blame for alleged attacks on two oil tankers last week near the Strait of Hormuz, Pompeo was emphasizing international diplomacy over any possible new U.S. military response in appearances on Sunday news shows. "We are going to work to build out a set of countries that have deep vested interest in keeping that strait open to help us do that," Pompeo said.
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|Gunman dead, 2 injured in second California Costco shooting in three days ||Source: Knicks reject Hawks' offer for No. 3 pick |
A gunman shot two people in a Costco parking lot Monday afternoon in Southern California before turning his weapon on himself.
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|Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever before ||Police: Former RB 'He Hate Me' Smart missing |
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the object around New Year's day. There have been several "firsts" along the way, but its latest maneuver is the most daring yet, and it allowed the spacecraft to break yet another record.A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the asteroid's surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has orbited any planetary body.It's a stellar achievement for NASA, but it's worth noting that the previous record was actually already held by the OSIRIS-REx probe. What NASA did was break its own record and set itself even farther ahead from any competition to come in the future.This new orbit, which the research team calls the Orbital B phase, will give scientists a better understanding of the asteroid's surface and hopefully allow NASA to choose a suitable location where the probe can briefly snag a sample of its material.Actually pulling off such a daring maneuver will be incredibly risky, and nobody is quite sure if the spacecraft can make it happen. This is due in large part to the incredibly messy surface of Bennu, which surprised scientists when they got their first close look. The asteroid's surface is littered with debris ranging from tiny pebbles to massive boulders, and the spacecraft's handlers now have to find the safest place on the rock from which to gather a sample.Assuming it pulls off the sample grab, the probe will then leave Bennu and return to Earth with the sample material stowed safely for scientists on Earth to examine.
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(Bloomberg) -- Five Conservatives are still in the running to succeed Theresa May as U.K. prime minister, with Boris Johnson the front-runner.Each has their own vision of how to fix Brexit: All want to deliver on the referendum result of 2016, all but one want to renegotiate the divorce agreement – even though the European Union has said it won’t – and most think the no-deal route should at least be on the table. Conservative MPs continue to whittle down the list to a final two, who will then be put to a postal ballot of the party’s 160,000 members. The new prime minister is expected to be announced during the week of July 22.Boris JohnsonWho? The favorite to succeed May, Johnson, 54, quit as foreign secretary last July over her Brexit deal. He was the highest profile campaigner in the 2016 referendum, and used to be London mayor. On Brexit: He has vowed to take Britain out of the bloc on Oct. 31 with or without an agreement to order the exit. But he says he’s not aiming for a no-deal outcome. He’s threatened to withhold the 39 billion-pound ($49 billion) divorce bill if the EU doesn’t improve the terms, and wants to strip out the controversial Irish backstop and discuss solutions for the border as part of the future trade negotiation. The EU has previously said no to similar proposals.Other policies: Johnson advocates cutting business taxes and red tape. He’s proposed tax cuts for higher earners too, according to the Telegraph. He also wants to boost transport infrastructure and broadband, and raise spending on schools and the police.Also: Born in New York, Johnson gave up his American citizenship in 2016. He’s published books on the Romans, London and wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.Jeremy HuntWho? Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, 52, has been in the Cabinet since 2010. He was the U.K.’s longest-serving health secretary. He voted Remain in 2016 but is now a “born again Brexiteer.”On Brexit: He wants to renegotiate. He’s open to a delay as a better alternative to no-deal, which he says would prompt a general election in which the Tories could be “annihilated.”Other Policies: Promises to “turbo-charge” the economy after Brexit to make it “the most high-tech, greenest, most pro-enterprise, pro-business economy in Europe.”Also: Hunt is independently wealthy, earning about 15 million pounds in 2017 from the sale of an educational listings company he founded, Hotcourses. He once mistakenly referred to his Chinese wife as Japanese.Michael GoveWho? Gove, 51, has held Cabinet positions including education secretary, justice secretary, and most recently, environment secretary. In the last leadership election, he was going to run Johnson's campaign before declaring he'd run himself. He was one of the figureheads of the Leave campaign.On Brexit: He wants to renegotiate the deal, to put a “full stop” on the Irish border backstop. He says a no-deal Brexit wouldn’t be in Britain’s interests, and because Parliament is opposed, it would prompt an election that Labour could win. He’s open to delaying Brexit by “whatever is required” to get it done.Other policies: Gove has said EU citizens currently in the U.K. should be able to apply for citizenship for free. He has proposed scrapping value-added tax and replacing it with a simpler sales tax.Also: He admitted to using cocaine on several occasions when he was a journalist, but said he deeply regrets it now.Rory StewartWho? Stewart, 46, is one of the newest members of May’s Cabinet, having been appointed international development secretary on May 1. He served as a deputy governor in Iraq following the 2003 allied invasion. He voted Remain.On Brexit: He says there’s no hope of renegotiating May’s deal, and would accept delaying Brexit again to get a deal through. He rejects both a second referendum and a no-deal Brexit, which he describes as “not actually a destination, it’s a failure to reach a destination.” He would also look to change the political declaration on the future relationship with the EU and try to get Labour MPs onside.Other policies: Once Brexit is out of the way, Stewart has said he wants to get on to dealing with “climate, health, education and all the thousand small injustices of daily life which very sadly are not being addressed.” He pledges more resources for schools and the police, investment in regional infrastructure and increasing spending on research and development. He would sell off the government’s stake in RBS.Also: Stewart once tutored Prince William and Prince Harry. He’s walked across Asia, including a 32-day trek across Afghanistan that he then turned into a best-selling book. In May, he admitted in a Telegraph interview to taking a puff on an opium pipe while walking across Iran.Read more: Underdog Gives Tory Big Beasts a Fright in U.K. Leader Race Sajid JavidWho? A former Deutsche Bank trader, Javid, 49, has been an MP since 2010. Promoted to the Cabinet in 2014 as culture secretary, he then held the briefs for business and communities, before being promoted to home secretary last year. He voted Remain, despite holding Euroskeptic views.On Brexit: He wants to renegotiate. He would choose a no-deal Brexit over no exit at all, but favors leaving with an agreement. He has a plan to rework the backstop. He rejects extending negotiations beyond Oct. 31 and would continue no-deal preparations, including a new budget.Other Policies: Javid has pledged to cut taxes, saying that “simpler, flatter taxes should be a priority for any government.” Opposes “arbitrary” immigration targets.Also: Javid is one of five sons of Pakistani Muslim immigrants, and his father was a bus driver. He has a portrait of former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in his office. \--With assistance from Jess Shankleman.To contact the authors of this story: Alex Morales in London at email@example.comRobert Hutton in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Stuart Biggs at email@example.com, Emma Ross-ThomasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy
Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to â€œcriticize the government and other organizations.â€ So why would that be relevant in a democracy?
Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?
â€œCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.â€ -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One
Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nationâ€™s military, the mindâ€™s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagonâ€™s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.
Capitalism and The Wealth Gap
When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.
Living Wages Are A Global Problem
The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.
Ukraine: Not What It Seems
After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.
Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.