Senators: Trump’s Pentagon Set To Shutter Legendary Military Newspaper

A bipartisan group of senators this week urged the Pentagon to preserve funding for Stars and Stripes, a longtime publication that covers the U.S. military community and is published for service members around the world, which the Pentagon reportedly ordered to cease operations and shutter its newsroom by the end of September, under proposed budget cuts. “Stars and Stripes is an essential part of our nation’s freedom of the press that serves the very population charged with defending that freedom,” …

Rep. Joe Kennedy III Loses Democratic Primary Challenge of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey

(BOSTON) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Tuesday’s hard-fought Democratic primary, harnessing support from progressive leaders to overcome a challenge from a younger rival who is a member of America’s most famous political family. It was the first time a Kennedy has lost a race for Congress in Massachusetts. Markey appealed to voters in the deeply Democratic state by positioning himself as aligned with the liberal wing of the party. He teamed …

Google Said It Would Invest $10 Billion In India. Nearly Half Of It Is Going To The Country’s Richest Man.

On Monday, Google announced that it will invest $10 billion in India over the next few years. Two days later, the company revealed a key detail: Nearly half of the money will go to a top telecom operator owned by Asia’s richest man. The internet giant will invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms as part of a plan to provide “increase access for the hundreds of millions in India who don’t own a smartphone,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Wednesday. …

Zoom Is Fighting Rumors In India That It’s A Chinese Company

After the Indian government banned 59 apps owned by Chinese firms last week, the videoconferencing app Zoom is fighting xenophobic rumors on social media that it is Chinese-owned. It’s not — the company is American and is scrambling to let Indians know. In a blog post on Tuesday, Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s president of product and engineering, tried to clear up misinformation about Zoom’s country of origin. The company, he reminded people, is based in the United States. “We do recognize …

Why a Massachusetts Primary Is the Latest Test of a New Progressive Strategy

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Ever since Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary, the progressive movement has been in a state of flux. It had money and momentum, but no presidential candidate. So in the months since Joe Biden cinched the nomination, progressives have pivoted to down-ballot elections, using their energy and cash …

Dow erases losses for 2020, jumps 200 points with a boost from the Fed

Stocks rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve unveiled a new framework that could keep interest rates lower for a longer period of time.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 202 points, or 0.2%. Those gains erased the 30-stock average’s losses for 2020. The S&P 500 climbed 0.3% — briefly topping 3,500 for the first time ever — and the Nasdaq Composite was marginally higher. In a speech, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank formally agreed to a policy …

The US Immigration System Won’t Come To A Halt After Massive Work Furloughs Were Canceled

The US agency that oversees key parts of the immigration system, including the processing of citizenship, green cards, and asylum applications, has canceled its planned furlough this week of nearly 70% of its staff, according to an internal email sent to staff Tuesday morning. The planned furlough of more than 13,000 US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees on Aug. 30 was set to bring the immigration system to a halt, delaying the processing of green card applications and setting …

WWF Says It Is “Troubled” By An Alleged Human Rights Violation At A Park With A History Of Violence

After guards at a wildlife park funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature were accused of killing a 24-year-old Nepali man earlier this month, the leading conservation charity said it will “advocate for diligence” in the investigation. The case bears striking resemblance to another alleged killing in Chitwan, highlighted in a 2019 BuzzFeed News investigation into the beloved megacharity’s funding of guards accused of human rights abuses. The series led WWF to overhaul its human rights policies, commission a …

Pompeo under fire for making speech at the RNC while on a diplomatic trip

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to address the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, a move that upends decades of precedent and ethics guidelines aimed at separating America’s national security and foreign policy decision-makers from the whims of partisan politics. The speech, which was recorded in Israel and is slated to air Tuesday night, is now under investigation by the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subpanel on oversight. The subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, called the speech “highly unusual and …

Chinese-Made Smartphones Are Secretly Stealing Money From People Around The World

When Mxolosi saw a Tecno W2 smartphone in a store in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was attracted to its looks and functionality. But what really drew him in was the price, roughly $30 — far less than comparable models from Samsung, Nokia, or Huawei, Africa’s other top brands. “They’re very attractive and appealing to your eyes,” Mxolosi, who asked for his last name not to be used to protect his personal safety, told BuzzFeed News. “Honestly, I was a Samsung …

Exclusive: Cyprus sold passports to ‘politically exposed persons’

A huge leak of confidential Cypriot government documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit called The Cyprus Papers reveals that dozens of high-level officials and their families bought so-called “golden passports” from Cyprus between late 2017 and late 2019. Among those who bought the passports, worth a minimum investment of $2.5m each, were elected politicians of several countries, board members of state enterprises and the brother of a former Lebanese Prime Minister. These officials, known as politically exposed persons (PEPs), are internationally recognised as …

The US Government Is Texting Russians Offering $10 Million For Information On Election Interference

KYIV — When Artyom Vysokov received a text message offering him as much as $10 million for information on Russian election interference from a number used mainly for distributing spam and phishing messages, he thought it was “some type of fraud.” But then he saw reports from several Russian news outlets about other people receiving similar messages on their cellphones and realized they were coming shortly after the US State Department announced a new campaign to defend the American presidential …

The Trump Administration Will Start Charging Immigrants Fees For Applying For Asylum

The US will become just one of just four countries to charge asylum-seekers a fee to apply for protections, according to a finalized policy announced Friday. The move is just the latest by the Trump administration to target and restrict protections for those fleeing their home countries. The US now joins the ranks of Iran, Fiji, and Australia in charging a fee. In the US, there will be a $50 charge on asylum applications starting in October. “A $50 fee …

Millennials may soon inherit $24 trillion, and a PR exec says businesses should ‘watch out’

Companies should “watch out” for millennials when it comes to how environmental, social and governance issues influence where they invest their money, according to the head of ESG governance at PR firm Edelman. Chuka Umunna, a former British lawmaker, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Wednesday that around $24 trillion of wealth, in the U.S. alone, was in the process of being transferred to millennials from baby boomers and older generations.   A 2015 study by Deloitte said that nearly $24 trillion …

Rep. Richard Neal Rakes In Fossil Fuel Money Ahead Of Primary With Green New Dealer

In September 2018, a series of gas explosions ripped through Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, killing a teenager, injuring 23 people and causing a fire that leveled 80 homes and businesses. NiSource, the utility giant that owned the faulty gas line, ultimately agreed to sell its subsidiary and exit the Bay State entirely.   That didn’t stop the company from doing business with one of the state’s most senior representatives in Congress. On July 10, 2019 ― just one day after NiSource settled …

U.N. Secretary-General Warns U.S.-China Tensions Risk Dividing World Into ‘2 Blocks’

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday that the relationship between the U.S. and China “has never been as dysfunctional as it is today” and warned that escalating tensions between the two powers risk dividing the world into “two blocks.” “These divides, namely the economic divide, risks to create two blocks, with two dominant currencies, with the two sets of trade rules, two different internets, two strategies in artificial intelligence and then, inevitably, two geo-strategic and military strategies,” he said …

Stock futures rise slightly following last week’s gains

U.S. stock futures rose slightly early Monday after Wall Street logged its third consecutive weekly gain, but fell short of breaking the all-time high set on Feb. 19. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose about 70 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures popped 0.37% and nearly 0.75%, respectively.   The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% last week and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.1%. The Dow gained 1.8% last week. Despite those gains, the S&P 500 failed to notch a fresh …

NJ Democrat files criminal referral accusing Trump of ‘subverting’ election

A New Jersey lawmaker submitted a criminal referral to the state attorney general to investigate President Trump and postal chief Louis DeJoy, for the “subversion” of state election laws, he announced Friday night. “Tonight I’ve made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General asking him to empanel a grand jury to look at subversion of NJ election laws by Donald Trump, Louis DeJoy, and other Trump officials in their accelerating arson of the post office,” Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., tweeted …

A Bitter Wind at a Shaky Time, and Iowa Is Left Reeling

As the winds howled outside, gusting at over 100 miles per hour, families hid in their basements and wondered what would await them when they emerged. Many across the Corn Belt of central Iowa were stunned by what they saw: millions of acres of corn and soybean fields left toppled, tangled and torn apart; roofs torn off grain bins; buildings leveled — another daunting setback in a farming community that has had too many of them.   The damage this …

Department Of Justice Seizes Bitcoin, Websites From Terror Groups

In an image released by the Department of Justice, a group solicits funds for weapons by asking for bitcoin. The Trump administration says al-Qaida and affiliated groups have used such donations to fund terrorism. In an image released by the Department of Justice, a group solicits funds for weapons by asking for bitcoin. The Trump administration says al-Qaida and affiliated groups have used such donations to fund terrorism.   The Justice Department has seized millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency …