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Washington at home and abroad

The next G7 will be held at a Trump resort. The White House announced the 2020 summit will take place at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, Reuters reports.

Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties: White House official

As we reported last month, if any other federal employee were to make this deal, they would likely be prosecuted: https://qz.com/1706517/trumps-bid-to-bring-g7-to-his-doral-resort-is-probably-illegal/

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost. This is still using federal dollars to keep his properties above water. It's all he cares about. If you don't believe me, when was the last time he talked about the GLWA? Or Feral Hogs invading new states? Or fires out west? Only when he thinks it averts attention to something else he doesn't want to talk about.

The optics here don’t look good. Mulvaney may say that it’s being held at cost but unless they open up the books why must we believe them. More than anything this is an endorsement of any leader who uses their position to profit and that has long term ramifications.

How can you know which Trump impeachment polls to believe? As with all polling, the results depend to some extent on who is polled, what they are asked, and when.

How to know which Trump impeachment polls to believe

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or someone else (like Romney).

This is a mathematical question and nothing else.

Facebucks 2.0

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg hopes to test WhatsApp Pay in Mexico before the end of 2019. The ramifications are far more realistic than Libra's theoretical impact on US monetary policy—and they would affect users worldwide.

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having access to a bank, lower than the US). With WhatsApp's presence in Brazil and other South American countries, Facebook's bet on WhatsApp as payments strategy looks way more logical than Visa-betrayed Libra.

Facebook's Libra has won all the headlines recently. But over the last couple years, it's been WhatsApp that's quietly pioneered payments in India. Facebook is looking to go international with WhatsApp Pay.

The new TV

Shut it down

Brexit deal reached

The EU and the UK agreed on a Brexit deal, but there are many hurdles ahead. Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it’s still not backing the deal, BBC reports. Their support is essential if Johnson wants to pass it through parliament on Saturday.

Brexit deal reaction as PM heads to EU summit - BBC News

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this

We now have a hastily-agreed, last-minute deal, an agreement that would ensure a reasonably orderly British departure from the EU. But despite Boris Johnson’s fanfare, the devil’s in the detail. The Tory party’s own partner in this strange minority government, Northern Ireland’s DUP, won’t back this deal, making it unlikely it’ll get through Parliament.

What comes after the iPhone?

The future of work

The world in 50 years

What will we eat? “A lot more plants,” says scientist and author Bill Nye. Check out the predictions from artist and activist Mai Khôi, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Vijay Pande, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, and more thought leaders.

The World in 50 Years: What will we eat?

Cool insights, but a lot of wild ideas. Keep in mind, 50 years ago was 1970. The world has not changed that frickin’ much.

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout. Radical transformation. Super radical!

Meat-free around the world

You'll never guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining. A surprising winner emerges in a new ranking of the top 10 cities for vegan-friendly restaurants.

Guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining! No, try again

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on the notion of "changing minds" among existing populations -- a traditional cultural understanding of the focus of many vegan practitioners -- rather than any analysis of the increasing impact of global population movements and the massively increased interconnection of cities in particular around the planet.

In the case of Dublin, the surprised narrative would have us understand it to be a city still very much in the traditional stereotypical Irish model -- a mix of Catholicism, traditional pub food, Guinness pints and some of the finest of the melancholy arts. In this stage, it is no wonder anyone would be surprised that the opening of a single vegan restaurant, let alone a thriving vegan-friendly culture is a shock to all.

Pints dropped. Instant titterring among groups of elderly women. Elderly men slowly shake their heads and look to the sky. A young Irish babe begins to wail and somewhere in the background a rather frail looking priest in full traditional black cassock and collar faints from the intensity of the experience.

It's an easy narrative and all-to-unfortunately accepted one among far too many when thinking of Dublin.

But there's quite a different one that's clear to many who have watched Dublin transform in the past decades from a local capital of a nation struggling to find it's feet in the shadows of its former imperial masters to one of the major global nodes of trans-national economic, tech, design and culture systems.

As this node, Dublin had seen the world come to it -- to exchange ideas, cultures, technologies and, at the end of the day, populations. While the public mindset of what Dublin is may still be easily lured into traditional archaic stereotypes, the reality is that Dublin's vegan-friendly ranking is nothing more than a reflection of its place among the increasingly tight network of global cities.

We need to start thinking in terms of global culture and networks when we talk about cities that are willing to engage directly in these global networks. Cities will continue to have their own unique flavours, but they will also be drawing upon each other in ways we are not fully appreciating. Reinterpreting our stereotypical assumptions about why city data has the results it does will be essential if we are to effectively understand how our major global urban areas are continuing to evolve.

Fun read! But if it is baed on really fun article. I love the reveal. But, if it is based on Tripadvisor, what about cities that are not as active?

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Survey: Nearly half of Americans can’t cover an unexpected $400 expense

Survey: Nearly half of Americans can’t cover an unexpected $400 expense

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  • feels like they buried the lead a bit. "Other data in the survey found that more than 25 percent of U.S. adults avoided medical care in 2017 due to fears about unwanted costs." is totally bonkers and even more scary.

  • This says more about the state of our nation than every economic report produced by every government agency. GDP, jobs reports, productivity, all of it. $400 would torpedo more than four out of every ten Americans. $400 is a crisis for them. Think about that.

  • Think about the magnitude and absurdity of this reality. Four out of 10 Americans can’t cover a $400 expense. If that statistic is accurate, if the 12,0000 people included in this survey are representative of entire population of the nation then it’s not unrealistic to consider downgrading ourselves

    Think about the magnitude and absurdity of this reality. Four out of 10 Americans can’t cover a $400 expense. If that statistic is accurate, if the 12,0000 people included in this survey are representative of entire population of the nation then it’s not unrealistic to consider downgrading ourselves a bit. We’re not quite third world. $400 US dollars is a lot of money in world nations. But, we’re certainly no longer first world. If nearly half the people in our nation can’t cover a four hundred dollar expense, we simply cannot be who we used to be. Is second world an actual thing? Is 1.5 world a legitimate designation? We have to do better and we can. We can pay teachers more then a living wage. We can encourage, if not require fast food organizations and retailers pay a living wage. We can tackle income inequality yet sustain our values as a free market society. The bright spot is that in spite of our President’s fiscal ignorance and the GOP’s flip flop to the party of massive spending and debt, some Americans are still somewhat bullish on short term economic outcomes. That sense of positive-ness is contagious and if our self sabotaging President in the White House doesn’t do anything impressively awful to disrupt the momentum of economic enthusiasts, we might see the trend continue. If that happens people will notice and collectively create opportunities for growth. It’s a communal, self fulfilling prophesy that, for a change, is actually positive.

  • We need to do a better job focusing on and helping people plan for the future. Too caught up in combining everything now, keeping up with the Joneses, etc.

  • This is scary, but probably true. The scary part is that the economy is "doing well" right now, as we are not in any kind of collective financial crisis or anything like that. I would actually like to see how these numbers break out by demographics, income level and region. Still, I'm not sure if this

    This is scary, but probably true. The scary part is that the economy is "doing well" right now, as we are not in any kind of collective financial crisis or anything like that. I would actually like to see how these numbers break out by demographics, income level and region. Still, I'm not sure if this is a sign that the economy isn't as strong as believed, or if this is just more of the same, that we aren't savers and planners, and we don't fear the future. We chronically spend more than we save, by choice rather than lack of means to do otherwise.

  • This shows us that even with how great we think the economy is, there is a large percentage of Americans who are being underpaid and overworked.

  • This is a pretty sad fact but not unexpected. So much policy and time has been focused on supply side economics or trickle down as it sometimes is called that many have been left behind. Most of the gains have gone to the top and not just through their own hard work but policy. From subsidies, tax breaks

    This is a pretty sad fact but not unexpected. So much policy and time has been focused on supply side economics or trickle down as it sometimes is called that many have been left behind. Most of the gains have gone to the top and not just through their own hard work but policy. From subsidies, tax breaks, low or zero interest loans, it’s often forgotten jobs aren’t created as a public service but to fill a demand by consumers. If you want stronger growth you need to work on the demand and consumers ability to spend. Growth happens from the bottom up not the top down.

  • Google “Aspen retirement forum” if you want more information on this

  • In American mythology the hard working succeed, but the people doing all the work can’t get by. If your crappy business can’t pay workers a living wage, you don’t deserve to be in business.

  • Been here in the past. I came out of the military to the private sector only to discover few employers cared for their employees. Worked 2 jobs to feed my family and after taxes barely kept my head above water. Back then a big unexpected expense went on the credit card which in turn made things worst

    Been here in the past. I came out of the military to the private sector only to discover few employers cared for their employees. Worked 2 jobs to feed my family and after taxes barely kept my head above water. Back then a big unexpected expense went on the credit card which in turn made things worst. Eventually my wife and I by the grace of God and hard work got out of the hole, and things are better today. We just had two hits this past week well above the 400 dollar mark but had savings to cover it. I feel for those suffering.

  • Reading the headline of this article made me cringe at what could be lurking in the contents, as I am one of the 40 percent of Americans who would not be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense. Borrowing money is always out of the question...well there was one or two times in the past (hi dad, love

    Reading the headline of this article made me cringe at what could be lurking in the contents, as I am one of the 40 percent of Americans who would not be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense. Borrowing money is always out of the question...well there was one or two times in the past (hi dad, love you) and I have nothing really of value to sell, unless my brand new iPhone counts.

    I chalk all of this up to my decision and goal of spending most of this year on the road, never staying somewhere longer than a couple months and that isn’t cheap. As far as savings for the future and retirement? The former is dwindling and the latter is not even a thought. Maybe when I turn 28.. Yikes.

  • One paycheck away from the street...

  • I'm simply wondering if 400 bucks is impossible to cover for general people who don't have secured job.

    People don't try to look for more information about saving the cost in my view.

    They tend to have the regular phone contract which can be replaced with prepaid sim card.

    We need more literacy of the finance!

  • This is the product of superfluous degrees & stressors placed in this generation that effect us not only mentally/physically, but financially as well.

  • This is true and sad at the same time. Fact is my wife and I both make good money, but even with that, taking a sudden $400. Out of our monthly budget would have a impact. I recommend to everyone who is struggling with debt or having trouble with their monthly bills to read and listen to a guy named

    This is true and sad at the same time. Fact is my wife and I both make good money, but even with that, taking a sudden $400. Out of our monthly budget would have a impact. I recommend to everyone who is struggling with debt or having trouble with their monthly bills to read and listen to a guy named Dave Ramsey. He has really helped turn our life’s around financially and millions of others too.

  • 1.5 world nation