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Politicizing the FBI – WSJ

[ad_1] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Sept. 19. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press Democrats continue to demand an FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, and on Wednesday we explained their political goal to delay a confirmation vote past Election Day. But it’s worth a moment to point out why this is also an inappropriate, even dangerous, attempt to politicize the bureau.
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Hologram phone calls – sci-fi or serious possibility?

[ad_1] Image copyright Youtube Image caption Could holograms - think Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV - be projected from our phones? High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and even project holograms from our handsets. But will connection "not-spots" and high costs stop many of us reaping the benefits?Holograms have
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Trump’s tariffs putting the squeeze on the Midwest

[ad_1] Image caption Wisconsin has the second-biggest dairy sector after California Wisconsin calls itself America's Dairyland, but just outside the small town of Wausau you can find a less traditional crop - ginseng. It is said to be among the finest in the world and certainly Will Hsu, the managing director of Hsu Ginseng, believes it is.He and his father have built up a huge business growing, selling and exporting
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Brexit will have ‘worse economic impact on UK than EU’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jean-Claude Trichet was boss of the ECB Brexit will have a bigger economic impact on the UK than the European Union, the former head of the European Central Bank has told BBC Radio 5 Live.Jean-Claude Trichet added the break-up was "totally contrary to the new world" of large emerging economies, with single currencies and single markets.Asked how Brexit would affect the other EU
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Bert and Ernie, Political Puppets

[ad_1] Are Bert and Ernie gay? For years, the team behind “Sesame Street” has explained that, no, Bert and Ernie are . . . puppets. But try telling that to the Twitter mob. Mark Saltzman, a scriptwriter for “Sesame Street” in the 1980s and ’90s, has revealed that he always imagined Bert and Ernie as “loving partners,” drawing on his own experience as a gay man. In response, Sesame Workshop issued its usual
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Moon Shot in Korea – WSJ

[ad_1] The good news from Pyongyang is that North Korea’s dictator says he still wants to give up his nuclear weapons. But Kim Jong Un’s summit Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the third this year, brought no significant progress toward that goal, notwithstanding the bonhomie. Kim did pledge to dismantle a missile-test range, but he told Donald Trump the same thing in Singapore in June. This time, though,
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Three water companies warned by watchdog

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Three water companies face greater scrutiny from the watchdog after posting poor customer service records.The firms have been told to provide quarterly reports of how they'll reduce complaints from 3.5 million customers.The watchdog's annual complaints report probed suppliers' actions when 200,000 customers were left without water after March's Beast from the East storm.The water industry said it will invest £50bn between 2020 and 2025 to
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Labour calls for ban on gambling advertising

[ad_1] Image copyright NurPhoto / Getty Images Image caption Labour wants to overhaul gambling legislation Labour is calling for a ban on gambling advertising during live sporting events in a bid to tackle problem gambling. It also said it would stop people using credit cards to pay for bets and introduce a levy on gambling operators to help pay for treatment. Deputy leader Tom Watson said problem gambling was "a
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How Used Clothes Got to Be ‘Vintage’

[ad_1] In the old days if you were wearing used clothes, you were poor. But ever since the 1960s, when Marxist undergrads wore peasant garb and hippies threw on patchwork, used clothes have been cool. Today platinum fashion brands sell blue jeans in every state of distress. Famous actresses attend award shows in vintage Chanel or Dior. Everything new is old again. At a resale shop 45 years ago, I
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Argentine GDP in steepest fall since 2014

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Argentina's agricultural sector has been hit by drought Argentina's economy shrank by 4.2% in the second quarter, its sharpest year-on-year slowdown since 2014.The decline was accompanied by a steep fall in exports, after a drought hurt the country's agricultural sector.The contraction also came amid a currency crisis that has prompted the central bank to raise interest rates to 60% and the government to cut