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The Conservative party appears to have won the UK election. Exit polls suggest a comfortable majority for prime minister Boris Johnson, consistent with pre-election polls. Johnson will likely interpret the results as a mandate for his Brexit deal, which he struck with the EU in October.Quartz
A US-China trade deal will reduce tariffs and delay new ones. Multiple sources report that trade negotiators have reached a "phase one" pact that could see this weekend's planned tariff increases scrapped. US president Donald Trump has approved the deal.Bloomberg.com
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The US government will continue operating, for now
Will US impeachment lead to Trump’s removal?
His opponents should look to global examples. Successful impeachments around the world have typically taken place amid widespread popular protests.Quartz
If you support impeachment, hit the streets, and don't forget to call and write your senators--especially in swing states!
Impeachments that don't draw on manifest popular support never manage to remove a head of state.
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Focusing on future adults
SCOTUS is stuck in the middle of a global child custody battle. The case involves an American mother, an Italian father, and the Hague Convention, which governs global child custody disputes. The court’s decision will impact more than just one feuding family.Quartz
Under the Hague Convention's protections against civil international child abduction, a parent can move to have their kid returned to the child's country of habitual residence. But just how should judges measure habitual residence when thinking of an infant who has not really acclimated to any one county
Under the Hague Convention's protections against civil international child abduction, a parent can move to have their kid returned to the child's country of habitual residence. But just how should judges measure habitual residence when thinking of an infant who has not really acclimated to any one county, or about a mom who absconds with her child because she's the victim of domestic violence? The justices of the US Supreme Court must determine whether lower courts correctly decided the case of one small international family, but their decision could end up impacting people around the world for years to come. And yesterday at oral arguments they seemed troubled by the task.
How should we talk about climate change?
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Documentary buffs, take note
Wildlife documentaries are finally addressing climate change... The new BBC series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, repeatedly mentions climate change when looking at animal behavior. It’s a turning point in the history of wildlife broadcasting.Quartz
And another one shines a light on the dark side of dealing with waste. The most chilling scene of The Story of Plastic, reporter Zoë Schlanger writes, is drone footage of plastic blankets in Indonesia that stretch unfathomable distances.Quartz
Innovation in Africa
Africa’s entrepreneurs may be its best hope for overcoming bad leadership. Powerful market-creating innovation creates jobs that provide income for many more people and for governments as well, via taxes and licenses.Quartz
Pepsi doesn’t want you to choose between coffee and soda. It’s not a horrible idea, until you consider the toll on your heart—Pepsi Cafe will combine two flavors (coffee and cola) with double the caffeine of a regular Pepsi.Bloomberg.com
Listen to your liver. Please, for the love of all the platelets and plasma, do not take out your end-of-the-year stress on your liver by over-indulging in booze. Quartz went to the source and asked the organ itself to explain why.Quartz
Do you have any idea how hard your liver works? It filters out your medicine, makes tons of components for your blood, and even helps keep fluids in your body. It's ride or l i t e r a l l y die with it. So be kind to it over the holidays.
Drink safe out there
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