Tag: United States

The U.S. Withdrawal From Syria: Here’s the Latest

In the weeks since President Trump unexpectedly announced that American troops would withdraw from Syria — “and they’re coming back now” — rejecting the counsel of generals and advisers, some administration officials stepped down and others tried to chart a path forward. If anyone had any illusions about just how […]

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‘The Shutdown Makes Me Nervous’: Young People Caught Up in Impasse

Stella Blaylock has not been sleeping well since before Christmas, when her father was furloughed in the partial government shutdown and unexpectedly extended his holiday vacation. Days later, her mother was laid off from her job as a federal contractor. A sixth grader at Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington, Va. […]

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Netflix Raises Prices for U.S. Subscribers in Bid to Keep Streaming Edge

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix said it would raise prices 13 to 18 percent for subscribers in the United States, the company biggest increase since it began its video-streaming service 12 years ago. The most popular Netflix plan, which offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously, will […]

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Actually, the Numbers Show That We Need More Immigration, Not Less

President Trump has shut down the government to get money for a border wall that he says will stop illegal immigration. But the fact of the matter is that that’s not all he wants to stop. During the three-day shutdown last January, he demanded a 40 percent reduction in legal […]

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US police can’t force you to unlock your phone with fingerprints or face recognition

Last Friday, Judge Kandis Westmore ruled in a US federal court in California that police cannot compel suspects to unlock their phones using biometrics like face recognition, iris scans, or fingerprints, as that would be in violation of their Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination. Westmore issued the order while reviewing […]

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Pentagon Extends Troop Deployment at Mexican Border Through September

The deployment of active-duty United States troops at the border with Mexico will most likely be extended through September, the Pentagon said Monday. The Pentagon’s border mission had previously been scheduled to end on Dec. 15, and the Defense Department later extended the deployment into January. Then came Monday’s announcement. […]

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US Army’s defense of killer robots sounds like the plot to War Games

The US Army wants to develop fully autonomous weapons systems, but its initiatives to take humans out of the loop have been met with push-back from lawmakers and the general public. The government’s solution? Treat it as a PR problem. US Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and […]

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Data: White American Births Below Replacement Level in Every State

The United States birth rate remains well below the replacement level needed as white American births plummet in all 50 states and the District of Colombia. New federal data released by the Center for Disease Control reveals that American women are having less and less children needed to sustain the current population. In 2017, all […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the super rich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power […]

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Trump’s Five Craziest Arguments About the Shutdown

I’d like to apologize to all the “banana republics” I’ve offended over the decades with snarky references to their dysfunction. This is karma: I now live in a nation where a petulant president has shut down much of the most powerful government in the world — so the White House […]

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Editorial Observer: John Bolton’s Wars

It’s temping to pity John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser. Tempting because it falls to the irascible but experienced Mr. Bolton to try to explain, or even undo, the president’s more impulsive and erratic foreign policy decisions. Pity because of the mortifying contortions required. This past week Mr. Bolton […]

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Teenager Captured With ISIS Fighters Is From Trinidad, Not the U.S., Officials Say

A 16-year-old boy who was captured on the battlefield in Syria this week with fighters for the Islamic State is not American, but is instead from Trinidad and Tobago, according to American officials and the boy’s sister. The teenager was taken from the Caribbean nation to the war zone when […]

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NASA looks to secure flight data with blockchain tech

NASA is exploring potential use-cases for blockchain technology in a bid to safeguard the privacy and security of aircraft flight data. A research paper, published by aero-computer engineer Ronald Reisman this week, explored the viability of a blockchain network and smart contracts to overcome the aforementioned security issues. Current radar-based […]

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U.S. Forces Begin Withdrawing From Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United States began withdrawing its troops from Syria on Friday, an American military spokesman said, a first step in President Trump’s plan to remove American forces from one of the Middle East’s most complex battlefields. The surprise announcement came in a statement from Col. Sean Ryan, […]

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The Shutdown Isn’t the Only Threat to the Economy

The momentum behind the American economy is strong. In 2018, unemployment hit its lowest rate in 49 years, 3.7 percent. Real wages were (finally) increasing and inflation remained muted. In 2019, growth is projected to slow but still remain above 2 percent. Yet risks abound. The trade war and the […]

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U.S.-North Korea Summit Looks Imminent, South Korean Leader Says

SEOUL, South Korea — President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said Thursday that the visit to China this week by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, heralded an imminent second summit meeting between Mr. Kim and President Trump to negotiate the terms of denuclearizing the North. Mr. Moon held his […]

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Democrats to Visit Trump Again, Searching for a Path to End the Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Newly empowered Democrats will head to the White House on Friday to meet with President Trump in another attempt to end a partial government shutdown, but both sides’ positions seemed to be hardening in a test of wills for divided government in Washington. Mr. Trump has insisted that […]

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U.S. Renews Travel Advisory for China, Warning of Arbitrary Detention

The United States renewed a travel advisory for China on Thursday that warned American citizens could face arbitrary detention there, a move that came amid tense relations between the countries dominated by trade disputes and the recent American-requested arrest of a high-profile Chinese executive in Canada. The rights of foreign […]

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Mexico Calls on U.S. to Investigate Use of Tear Gas at Border

Mexico has asked the United States for an investigation into American border officers’ actions along the nations’ shared border, two days after agents near San Diego used tear gas, smoke and pepper spray to repel a group of migrants trying to cross into the United States. On Thursday, Mexico’s Foreign […]

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