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Why did the factory cross the road? To get away from Donald Trump’s kiss of death

If you are an American worried about your local factory losing jobs, better not let Donald Trump find out.<p>Four reasons why:<p>No. 1<p>In February, the US president visited the Boeing factory in North Charleston, SC. “We are going to fight for every last American job,” he declared at the rollout of the …

Donald Trump

How Europe could be the unexpected beneficiary of America’s fall from global grace

US president Donald Trump has promised to put America first. His protectionist stance on trade, his implicit threats to pull military protection from countries that do not contribute sufficiently to NATO, and his decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement on climate change are all designed …

Geopolitics

This is what reparations could actually look like in America

Today’s racial wealth divide is an economic archeological marker, embedded within the multigenerational story of slavery, racial plunder, and discrimination.<p>It is one way the legacy of racism shows up in people’s bank accounts and, if they own a home, in home equity. It is where the past is …

World War II

How a hipster reputation masked my hometown’s white hate for decades

I was born and raised in Portland’s Hollywood District, a relatively unremarkable neighborhood nestled into the city’s northeast quadrant. It’s where I wandered to the library, watched local parades, ordered comics and coffees and, when I got old enough, craft brews. Aside from the sparkling …

Racism

The word “women” literally never appears in the US Senate’s 142-page health-care bill

Women have babies. If they didn’t, first the economy would collapse, and then the species would die out.<p>But because they do, from their late teens to their early forties, women have higher health-care costs than men of the same age. Carrying and birthing a child is a sometimes difficult, dangerous, …

ObamaCare

The Republican health-care bill means windfall profits for Trump’s billionaire cabinet and other rich people

As we’ve written, the health-care bill currently before the US Senate transfers money from health coverage for millions of poor Americans to tax cuts for the wealthiest. But what’s been less noticed is that it does so retroactively. And that’s going to be rather nice for some people close to a …

Steve Mnuchin

The best TV shows of the year, according to the people who actually run them

The 2017 Emmy nominations are nearly upon us: Voting on the prestigious TV awards ends next week, and the nominations themselves will be revealed live on July 13 (the ceremony takes place in September). But you don’t have to wait until then to know the best TV shows of the year.<p>Variety asked 34 of …

TV

Dogs have been working alongside humans for much longer than we thought

It’s time to rewrite the record on dogs with jobs. We all know humans have long bred canines into all sizes and shapes to do our bidding—even if that’s just sitting in a queen’s sleeve or a celebrity’s purse. But we didn’t know for how long we’d been doing it.<p>Previously, researchers believed that …

Anthropology

Amazon is entering groceries just as a vicious supermarket war is breaking out

In southwest Ohio, the prices of staple foods are hitting the floor. A carton of eggs in Cincinnati supermarkets are going for as little as 39 cents. And gallon-sized jugs of milk are selling for less than a dollar.<p>The American grocery store is about to become a battleground—and consumers will love …

Trends

Amazon has so many interns that the Seattle transit system is expanding its bus service

Here’s a logistics challenge Amazon can’t solve in a pinch: How to get hundreds of interns to its Seattle, Washington headquarters each day. So Amazon is getting some help from an unlikely place—a county government.<p>King County Metro is increasing the frequency of buses after hundreds of summer …

Amazon

One of the biggest US job creators in IT is an Indian company

An Indian tech giant is a job-creating engine in the US.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)—part of India’s largest industrial conglomerate, the Tata Group— employs more than 387,000 consultants in 55 countries. In the year ending in March, TCS added 78,912 people to its workforce, of which 11,584 were …

STEM

Jeffrey Katzenberg is making a $600 million bet on mobile TV

Cannes, France<p>Jeffrey Katzenberg is making a $600 million bet on the future of television. The former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and co-founder of DreamWorks started a new company, WndrCo, and raised a big chunk of change at the start of the year.<p>To what end? Katzenberg is on the hunt for …

New Media

The danger of robo advisers, according to a star human of the investing world

There have always been doubts about whether money managers are worth their keep. Now that there’s a viable alternative—algorithms—for people who don’t want to manage their money themselves, criticism of human money managers has only grown louder.<p>But Jeffrey Gundlach rises to the humans’ defense in …

Finance

The statistical likelihood that asteroids will destroy us all in 10 million years

Scientists have spent decades debating whether asteroids and comets hit the Earth at regular intervals. At the same time, a few studies have found evidence that the large extinction events on Earth – such as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – repeat themselves every 26 …

Universe

Why the feud among Singapore’s elite isn’t really about Lee Kuan Yew’s house

What started as a quarrel among siblings has escalated into serious questions about the independence of Singapore’s most powerful institutions.<p>The fight is among the children of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, over the fate of the patriarch’s house—whether it be demolished or …

Singapore

You’re doing your weekend wrong

Just because you didn’t work last weekend doesn’t mean you had a good weekend.<p>White-collar workers are logging longer hours than a generation ago, and Americans excel at the losing game of competitive busyness. In this context, a weekend without email and spreadsheets might seem like a victory in …

Happiness

Instagram and Facebook are ruining our fond memories of vacations

I love to travel. I’ve been to the Taj Mahal in India, explored Angkor Wat in Cambodia, traveled down the Australian coast in a hippie camper van, and come down with a case of food poisoning in a remote village in Peru. Every time I take a trip, I tell myself that I’m creating memories that will …

Taj Mahal

The most anticipated entertainment event this summer isn’t in cinemas

It may be summer in the US, but be advised: Winter is coming.<p>HBO dropped the second trailer for the next season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> on June 21 and it’s been viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube; it is still the top trending video on the platform.<p>The seventh season of the hotly anticipated …

TV

The British pound isn’t the world’s worst currency in the one year since Brexit, but it’s close

Exactly one year ago today, the UK voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after more than 40 years of membership. For now, you could argue that not much has changed—the UK won’t actually leave the EU until March 2019 and it’s still not even agreed what Brexit ultimately means. But there’s one …

Brexit

The worst jobs in America are getting worse thanks to a loophole in US laws

At ports in Los Angeles, short-haul truckers have jobs that look more like indentured servitude than employment.<p>In an in-depth investigation by USA Today, which relied on accounts from more than 300 drivers, reporter Brett Murphy described a horrific arrangement in which workers, even after putting …

U.S. Department of Labor

Educating Afghanistan’s young people is the only true solution to the scourge of terrorism

Last month, a US government agency issued an assessment of the United States’ efforts to help Afghanistan recover from the devastation of 16 years of war. Its findings were grim. Six out of every 10 dollars since 2002 had been spent on Afghan defense forces, yet problems were rampant. Widespread …

Education

Uber’s CEO was brought down by a God complex—and that should scare the rest of Silicon Valley

Disruption isn’t just a buzzword in Silicon Valley—it’s a religion. And its high priest is undeniably Uber, the ride-sharing service that revolutionized transportation by allowing customers to hail a cab with the push of a button.<p>Uber has long prided itself on ignoring the status quo and rewriting …

Uber

The stars of China’s home food delivery business: spicy hot pot, shredded potato and crawfish

Come sunset, thousands of motorbikes spread out across Chinese cities, delivering popular night snacks, including spicy hot pot ingredients, shredded potato and crawfish, part of a boom in home food delivery in recent years. The food delivery business in China has seen a 44% compound annual growth …

China

Tired of bad English tarnishing its image, China has new translation guidelines for signs

In China, English translations on eatery menus or road signs are often so wrong that visitors burst out laughing. But it’s no laughing matter to authorities in Beijing.<p>This week a government ministry—the eloquently named General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and …

China

Happy Birthday, Brexit! One year later and it’s still unclear what Brexit really means

Today, Brexit turns one year old and how time flies! While, the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and “take back control” was always going to be complicated, the issue has managed to become even more confusing over the past year. It’s still unclear what Brexit will ultimately mean and more …

Brexit

Less than a year later, China’s “car-eating,” traffic-straddling bus is officially dead

It’s the end of the road for China’s giant “car-eating” bus.<p>On June 21, the transit-elevated bus (TEB) was relocated to a nearby parking garage, and local officials said they would remove the 300-meter tracks it ran on by the end of the month, reported state-owned news publication Chinanews (link …

Transportation

Lagos slum dwellers have claimed a decisive victory to stop the government’s plans to kick them out

A nightmarish few months for residents of Otodo Gbame, a waterfront slum on the Lagos lagoon, took a turn for the better in a Lagos courtroom on Wednesday (June 21).<p>In a landmark judgment, a Lagos High court judge ruled that the government’s eviction of Otodo Gbame residents and demolition of their …

Africa

“Cow economics” is killing India’s working class

When prime minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament for the first time in June 2014, his inaugural speech focused on integrating and protecting India’s Muslims.<p>“Even the third generation of Muslim brothers, whom I have seen since my young days, are continuing with their …

India

Brexit negotiations: The best and worst cases for the UK finance industry

A year since Britons voted to leave the EU, one of the few certainties is that international financial companies will move jobs out of London. The question remains how many, and it’s a question that matters for the entire country because the financial industry is a vital part of the UK economy.<p>The …

Brexit

Tesla is shifting gears in China by manufacturing its own cars there

Tesla is inching ever closer to its China dream.Yesterday (June 22) the company confirmed that it is “in talks” with the municipal government of Shanghai to manufacture its vehicles in the country. A Tesla spokesperson provided the following statement:“Tesla is working with the Shanghai Municipal …

Autos