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Alibaba's Singles' Day sales surge 60 percent to $14.3 billion | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s total value of goods transacted during its Singles’ Day shopping festival was 91.2 billion yuan ($14.32 billion), the Chinese e-commerce giant said in Beijing on Thursday.<p>Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma gestures as he attends Alibaba Group's …

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

New projections of escalating growth increase the tension between humanity’s expanding needs and what the planet can provide.<p><b>There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a</b> …

How to Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change, and Gay Marriage

A new survey shows the youngest bloc of voters is decidedly progressive, nervous about money—and not especially energized about voting.<p>Two months ago, Derek Thompson walked readers through the results of a huge new survey by the Pew Research Center on Millennials and their attitudes and opinions. …

These Maps Show How Segregated The US Still Is

America might be less segregated now than ever, but it remains far from total racial integration.<p>2010 Census maps, posted to Reddit by user DMan9797, illustrate this point well.<p>Check out the maps, in which darker spots show higher population density for a particular race (click here for larger …

Immigration is saving the US from an aging crisis

Old people are taking over—and not just in well-known grey zones like Japan and South Korea. By 2050, one in every three or so Spaniards, Italians and Germans will be 65 and older (pdf, p.6), according to Pew Research Center.<p>But relax, Americans. Though by 2050, 20% of you will be age 65 and …

Immigration

Obama Engages Hecklers During Immigration Speech

President Obama was heckled by immigration reform protestors during a speech in San Francisco Monday. But it didn’t fluster him. Instead, he worked …

Irish Government Launches Campaign For New Immigration Law — In The U.S.

Ireland's new ambassador is actively meeting with House Republicans to try to sway them on immigration reform. "For many of them, they have been surprised. They think of this as a Hispanic issue."<p>WASHINGTON — Ireland's new ambassador to the United States is throwing her nation's weight behind calls …

Immigration

Obama visits immigration activists

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met informally with immigration activists on the National Mall on Friday.<p>They visited individuals taking part in Fast for Families to “offer their support for those who are fasting on behalf of immigration reform,” a White House official told the …

Rep. Kennedy joins immigration fast

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) — whose great-uncle’s cause to overhaul the nation’s immigration system has gone unfulfilled — joined a prominent fasting effort on Tuesday that is aimed at urging the Republican-led House to take up immigration reform.<p>Since Nov. 12, several immigration activists have …

New Boehner Hire Supports Path to Citizenship

House Speak­er John Boehner’s new staffer in charge of im­mig­ra­tion policy has sig­ni­fic­ant ex­per­i­ence in draft­ing im­mig­ra­tion …

Prominent "Dreamer" To Leave Job In Congress To Fight Her Mother's Deportation

Erika Andiola told BuzzFeed that she is leaving Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Simena's office to put all of her energy into stopping ICE from deporting her mother in January.<p>Erika Andiola, a high-profile "dreamer" who was on <i>Time</i> magazine's 2012 cover featuring undocumented immigrants, announced Tuesday that …

Immigration

Emanuel to fast for 24 hours in support of immigration reform

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday plans to start a 24-hour fast to show support for immigration reform efforts in Washington, D.C.<p>The mayor and some members of the Chicago City Council's Latino Caucus plan to go without food from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday. They'll begin fasting at an evening …

What Hitchens got wrong: Abolishing religion won’t fix anything

Hitchens believed atheism would end world conflict. But the world’s wars are about politics, not religion<p>Religion has once again become the “opiate of the people.” But this time, instead of seducing the proletariat into accepting its position in a capitalist society, it lulls atheists into …

Memo to Obama: Don’t be afraid of “redistribution”

The right shudders at the thought, but soon low-wage workers won’t have enough money to keep the economy going<p>The President’s speech yesterday on inequality avoided the “R” word. No politician wants to mention “redistribution” because it conjures up images of worthy “makers” forced to hand over …

'13 House immigration vote unlikely

House Republican leadership has no plans to vote on any immigration reform legislation before the end the year.<p>The House has just 19 days in session before the end of 2013, and there are a number of reasons why immigration reform is stalled this year.<p>Following the fiscal battles last month, the …

Republican Mega-Donors Quietly Celebrate Chris Christie's Marriage Surrender

Activists are angry, but GOP elites are praising Christie's step away from culture war. "I mean, he's a rare guy who's been able to appeal to people with sincerely held beliefs on both sides of this issue."<p>When Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday he was surrendering the fight against …

Government

Republicans rise in states, even as the national GOP sinks

Washington Republicans are in a disarray of sorts. Republicans lost the shutdown fight. They have, for now, lost ground in the race for the House of Representatives in 2014. It's not clear that Republicans have found the sixth truly competitive Democratic Senate seat necessary to take control of …

Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of affirmative action again Tuesday, but this time the question is not whether race may be considered as a factor in college admissions. Instead, this case tests whether voters can ban affirmative action programs through a referendum.<p>In 2003, the high court …

Women in science: a difficult history

Today, as you'll probably see from many tweets and blog posts, is Ada Lovelace Day. As the Finding Ada website explains, this<p>aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire.<p>Many of …

Brazil releases more details on private e-mail meant to keep the U.S. out

Brazil is building its own private e-mail service because it just doesn’t trust the U.S.<p>President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil released further details on the e-mail service, which is supposed to protect her government and the people of Brazil from foreign, peeping eyes. She made the announcement …

US Senate leaders upbeat on debt deal

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1019000/1019205_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524698927_1f570d08c3cd5b122ec1a17900cf600f<p><b>US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially disastrous …

Morsi will never compromise says family

The family of deposed President Mohamed Morsi say he will not negotiate nor accept any compromise following a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by military-backed authorities.<p>Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed by the military on July 3 following mass protests against his …