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Canada's Trudeau pledges lower taxes, cellphone costs as blackface scandal hits him in polls
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:11:10 -0400

Canada's Trudeau pledges lower taxes, cellphone costs as blackface scandal hits him in pollsCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went on the offensive on Sunday, promising to cut middle-class taxes and slash cellphone costs if re-elected after polls showed he took a significant hit when photos emerged last week of him in blackface. Trudeau has repeatedly apologized for the images, which jarred with his oft-stated position that he wants to improve the lot of minorities in Canada and prompted accusations of hypocrisy. Trudeau announced the proposed cuts to taxes and cellphone bills in the Ontario city of Brampton, where 58% of the population is either South Asian or black.

The Latest: Man suspected of shooting Chicago cop captured
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:45:26 -0400

The Latest: Man suspected of shooting Chicago cop capturedChicago police say a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting and wounding of an officer has been shot and captured. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL'-mee) tweeted Saturday that officers apprehended a "person of interest" believed to be 45-year-old Michael Blackman following an armed encounter with officers and a daylong manhunt. Guglielmi says the individual was shot by police and no officers were injured.

'She was drunk:' Bus driver facing DUI charges after child calls 911 to report her
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:48:42 -0400

'She was drunk:' Bus driver facing DUI charges after child calls 911 to report herA bus driver in Washington has been arrested after a child called 911 to report that she was driving under the influence.

The Amex Business Platinum perks are so good it makes me want to start my own company
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:17:43 -0400

The Amex Business Platinum perks are so good it makes me want to start my own companyBGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. BGR and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers.Please note: the offers mentioned below are subject to change at any time and some may no longer be available.One of our favorite rewards credit cards for ordinary consumers is The Platinum Card® from American Express, which combines a big up-front welcome offer of 60,000 points (after using the card to spend $5,000 in your first three months) with a ton of luxe perks. The benefits range from an airline fee credit of up to $200 to American Express Concierge travel service, and much more. Business owners, meanwhile, fear not. The Business Platinum® Card from American Express is a companion version of the charge card tailored to the needs of business people, and it not only has a similarly impressive lineup of benefits.You've also got until December 4, 2019, to take advantage of a limited-time, increased welcome bonus of up to 100,000 Membership Rewards points.Who needs this card: If you rack up frequent travel expenses over the course of your business operations, or even if you simply charge thousands of dollars a month in business expenses to a charge card, it's hard to argue the Amex Business Platinum doesn't deserve a spot in your wallet.Why you should sign up for one right now: The current welcome points offer means if you can put $25,000 in charges on this card in your first three months of card ownership (and before December 4), the 100,000 Membership Rewards points bonus can be yours. Yes, that's a big outlay in order to get the welcome reward, but since this is a business card we're talking about that's not an unreasonable amount of expense to put on a charge card.Moreover, based on the most recent monthly valuations from The Points Guy, 100,000 Membership Rewards points are worth $2,000 in travel, which makes this card's bonus an extremely lucrative one and potentially worth the high spending levels. We should also add -- you'll earn the welcome points in two tiers.Spent $10,000 on qualifying purchases in the first 3 months of card membership, and you'll earn 50,000 Membership Rewards points. Once you put another $15,000 on this card (for qualifying purchases) after that initial $10,000 -- and, again, still before the first three months are up -- then you'll earn an additional 50,000 points.If you read our previous post outlining the slew of lucrative benefits available to Amex Platinum cardmembers, you're already familiar with many of the benefits of the Amex Business Platinum. Both cards share perks like: * Up to $200 airline fee credit each year * Access to Centurion Lounges and Delta Sky Clubs (when flying Delta) * Access to other lounges in the American Express Global Lounge Collection * Gold elite status with Hilton Honors and Gold elite status with Marriott Bonvoy * Upgrade with Points to request an airline ticket upgrade on select airlines * 5 points per dollar spent on flights and prepaid hotels (both must be booked through Amex Travel on the Business Platinum)However, here are some of the benefits you get that are exclusive to the business version of the Platinum card: * 10 free Gogo inflight Wi-Fi passes each year * 1.5x points on purchases of $5,000 or more (up to 1 million additional points per year) * A complimentary year of Platinum Global Access with WeWork (enrollment must be done by December 31, 2019) * Up to $200 in annual statement credits for Dell technology purchases, split into a $100 credit for January through June and another $100 credit for July through December The final wordWhile this card does come with a $595 annual fee that can seem hefty at the outset, if you take advantage of the $200 airline fee credit and the annual up to $200 Dell credit, you'll effectively pay a net of only $195 a year for the card. This card proves its worth and then some for any businessperson engaged in regular travel. From lounge access at almost any airport in the world to elite status at Hilton and Marriott hotels, plus helping you get onto the internet while in the air during flights, this card has tons of benefits (not to mention that welcome bonus that's higher than ever) just waiting for you to take advantage of.

Hong Kong curbs airport links as protesters vow 'stress test'
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:40:06 -0400

Hong Kong curbs airport links as protesters vow 'stress test'Hong Kong reduced rail and bus links to the city's airport on Sunday and police stepped up security checks in a bid to scupper plans by pro-democracy protesters to disrupt the bustling transport hub. The airport -- the world's eighth busiest -- has become a frequent target for a protest movement pushing for greater democratic rights and police accountability. Online forums used by the largely leaderless movement had called for a "stress test" of the airport on Sunday, code for disrupting travel links or occupying buildings.

Cory Booker will exit presidential race if $1.7m not raised by end of month
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 11:55:41 -0400

Cory Booker will exit presidential race if $1.7m not raised by end of month* ‘Without a fundraising surge we do not see a path forward’ * Booker insists announcement not a stunt to swell coffersCory Booker said: ‘I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can’t walk it alone.’ Photograph: José Luis Magaña/APCory Booker could be the next Democrat to drop out of the race for the presidential nomination.In a “now-or-never” memo to supporters and staff, campaign manager Addisu Demissie said Booker need to raise $1.7m by the end of the month or he would have to drop out of the race.“Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward,” Demissie wrote in the memo, published online on Saturday morning. “The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race.”Booker, who is in Iowa this weekend, tweeted: “It’s an unusual move for a campaign like ours to be this transparent, but there can be no courage without vulnerability. I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can’t walk it alone.”He insisted the release of the memo was not a “stunt” aimed at boosting fundraising.“This is a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our campaign at a level of transparency unprecedented in presidential politics,” he wrote.> It would be a shame if that diversity was not reflected in the candidates who end up competing for the nomination> > Addisu DemissieBill de Blasio exited the Democratic race on Friday. Booker has consistently polled better than the New York mayor and made the field of 10 candidates for the debate in Houston last week, which also qualifies him for the debate stage in October.But despite working assiduously to place operatives, win endorsements and meet voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, key early voting states, he has not been able to keep pace with the leading group in the sprawling field.Former vice-president Joe Biden, the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders are the top three, clear in most polls of Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the California senator Kamala Harris.In the average of polls, Booker also trails tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke.In the memo, Demissie wrote: “If our campaign is not in a financial position to grow, he’s not going to continue to consume resources and attention that can be used to focus on beating Donald Trump, which needs to be everyone’s first priority.“Booker might not be in this race for much longer – the same is true for other important voices in the field.”The Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar trails Booker, followed by the Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard, billionaire Tom Steyer, former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro and the Colorado senator Michael Bennet. Other candidates score even lower.In a conference call with reporters on Saturday, Demissie said there was a “dissonance” between Booker’s standing in national polls and his support on the ground in early states.The campaign manager argued that the majority of Democratic voters have not made up their minds and expect that many of the 19 candidates still running will be on the ballot in February.“People like Cory Booker, they want him in this race,” he said, pushing back on a question about why the candidate has not gained traction.“The point that we’re trying to make very clearly is the final field that is going to be offered to the Democratic party come February, March and April and beyond is being determined right now here in September,” he said.Booker is one of two African American senators in the race and part of the most diverse primary field in history. The candidates who have led the field are all white.“It would be a shame if that diversity was not reflected in the candidates who end up competing for the nomination once people actually start voting come next spring,” Demissie said.Demissie was adamant the campaign’s “transparency and honesty” would prove that Democratic voters want Booker to stay in the race. But he conceded that if the campaign falls short of its goal, Booker will end his campaign.On Saturday, Booker and other Democrats were in Iowa for the Polk County Steak Fry.“If you’re all in for me,” the senator tweeted, “I can’t thank you enough. But if you haven’t settled on a candidate [and] still think my voice belongs in this race, if you believe the Democratic field should include someone like me, I want you to understand the field may narrow [and] pay attention to this too.”

Biden, Warren Join GM Workers as UAW’s Strike Enters Second Week
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Biden, Warren Join GM Workers as UAW’s Strike Enters Second Week(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren joined striking United Auto Workers members on a picket line on Sunday as they compete for the support of a critical voting bloc in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.Warren was mobbed as soon as she arrived at General Motors Co.’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, where the strike is entering a second week. Cheers and chants broke out when she joined the picket line while holding a “UAW on strike” sign.She condemned the automaker for making “billions of dollars in profits” even as it closes U.S. plants. “GM is demonstrating that it has no loyalty to the workers of America or to the people of America; their only loyalty is to their own bottom line,” Warren said. “If they can save a nickel by moving a job to Mexico or to Asia or to anywhere else on the planet, they will do it.”A strong turnout by organized labor will be key for Democrats as they seek to defeat President Donald Trump in crucial swing states in the rust belt such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. These states were supposed to ensure Hillary Clinton’s victory in 2016 but all went for Trump, at least in part thanks to support from some union members, who had traditionally been solidly aligned with the Democrats.‘War’ On LaborBiden joined a group in front of a GM facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Wearing a red UAW shirt, he stood on the back of a pickup truck and addressed hundreds of striking workers.“There’s been a war on labor’s house for a long, long time,” Biden said. “Corporations bought back over a trillion dollars in their own stock.”The former vice president, who has a long history of support from labor unions during his political career, received a warm welcome from the workers, many of whom stayed to pose for pictures and get autographs after he finished speaking.“This is simply wrong and I know it’s easy for me to stand up here and say ‘keep at it,’ because I’m not making the sacrifice you’re making,” he said. “I’m not in a position where I am out here and I am losing wages and I only have about 250 bucks to get me by. I’m not in that position. But I tell you, the American people, we owe you. We owe you for this effort.”Salary DemandsAbout 46,000 GM workers walked off the job Sept. 15 after their contact expired. The strikers are asking for concessions from the carmaker including higher salaries, more jobs and a narrower pay gap between new hires and longtime employees.The strike is the first against GM in 12 years and could cost the carmaker about $50 million a day in earnings before interest and taxes, according to an estimate by Credit Suisse. S&P Global Ratings last week said GM could lose production of 45,000 vehicles and burn through $1 billion of cash in the first week. The automaker may be able to make up some of that output later.Both candidates scheduled trips to the carmaker’s plants nationwide after striking workers criticized Democratic hopefuls for being absent from the picket lines.“This is the time that we find out who people are,” Warren told UAW workers. “We find out who stands with workers,” she added, after hugging and taking pictures with people on the ground.‘She Cares’“She’s here, that’s all that matters and we got her back,” said Joe Ryan, 59, who has been working at the Detroit-Hamtramck plan for 40 years. “That somebody of that caliber would be interested in coming not only to support us but walk in the picket line, that shows us that she cares about working-class people.”Warren has brought union power to the forefront of her presidential campaign, vowing to bring in a union leader as labor secretary and promising that a union representative would be present at trade negotiations. Prior to joining the picket line, she privately met with UAW members.Before Sunday, only two major Democratic candidates -- Tim Ryan and Amy Klobuchar -- had joined the GM picketers. Senator Bernie Sanders will visit Detroit on Wednesday.Ryan, a congressman whose Ohio district was battered by job losses when GM idled its Lordstown plant, has been tweeting from union halls and factories across Ohio and Michigan since Monday. Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, took coffee and doughnuts to striking workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on Thursday.Negotiations between GM and the UAW are continuing into the second week. GM has offered $7 billion of investment in eight U.S. plants and more than 5,400 additional jobs, most of which would be new hires. But the union said GM’s proposal fell short in key areas including health care, use of temporary workers and the length of time it takes for shorter-tenured members to get to top-scale pay.\--With assistance from David Welch.To contact the reporters on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Detroit at;Tyler Pager in Kansas City at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at, ;Craig Trudell at, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Russia and Japan Fought a Bloody War in China (Did History Forget)?
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 02:00:00 -0400

Russia and Japan Fought a Bloody War in China (Did History Forget)?Overwhelmed, Japan learned from its mistakes.

Emmys 2019: Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner laughed at for calling themselves 'real people' onstage: 'Savage'
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:12:36 -0400

Emmys 2019: Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner laughed at for calling themselves 'real people' onstage: 'Savage'The star-studded audience at the 2019 Emmys laughed when Kim Kardashian said that her family members are 'real people just being themselves' on TV.

Face transplant recipient's donor face failing
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 16:49:56 -0400

Face transplant recipient's donor face failingA woman who was severely burned in Vermont is hoping for a second face transplant after doctors recently found tissue damage that likely will lead to the loss of her donor face.