RYE, N.H.—The August air at dusk has a slight chill to it, as Julián Castro stands on a back porch on New Hampshire’s seacoast. He runs through a blistering version of his stump speech, promising to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords, reform immigration laws, tax inherited wealth and raise wages, and—and here he slows down a bit, taking his time to set a scene he knows his audience is desperate for. He explains how, on his first day on the job, with all the press cameras shuttering away and the helicopter doors open on the White House lawn, he is going to slap the former President Donald Trump and Melania Trump on the back and say to them, as he ushers them to the waiting choppers, “¡Adiós!” The audience laughs and cheers and there is time for one more question, and it is the big one: How are you going to beat Trump?Story Continued Below Just as Castro begins to answer, an airplane, landing at nearby Manchester airport, flies low over the … [Read more...] about How Julián Castro Got Drowned Out
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(Las Vegas Review-Journal) Ed Graney• The Las Vegas Review-Journal W hen it comes to collective bargaining in pro sports, fair play doesn’t apply. What matters most is leverage. Las Vegas might learn firsthand in 2020 how such a tug of war affects the world of major league professional sports, as the city is set to house an NFL franchise in the Raiders along with its NHL team in the Golden Knights With such truth comes this reality: Fans across Southern Nevada might soon confront the possibility of local teams being embroiled in labor standoffs. Both football and hockey have daunting tasks ahead to reach common ground and avoid work stoppages. The NFL is on a more inflexible route; its collective bargaining agreement expires following the 2020 season. The current NHL deal expires after the 2021–22 season, but both the league and players can opt out at different points next month. Baseball’s deal is up in 2021, and there is a growing sentiment that what has … [Read more...] about Las Vegas soon could learn about work stoppages in pro sports
It’s a democratic-socialist party now—but it might be in the hands of some younger stars instead of Bernie Sanders. After two nights and 20 Democrats scrapping on a national stage, that’s the conclusion of our panel of experts, operatives and longtime political observers who sat through all four hours of debating and watched a party reshape itself on live TV. Who came out ahead? Kamala Harris captured a lot of the attention, not least for her ability to go toe-to-toe with frontrunner Joe Biden on Thursday night. The other big winner was Pete Buttigieg, whose smooth intelligence and moral seriousness stood out, though at age 37 he might not have had quite the commanding presence of Harris. Both of them, in our experts’ views, eclipsed Biden—though the former vice president still grabbed the most screen time, and there’s no telling whether anything we saw this week will move the polls.Story Continued Below Looking at both nights, our panel thought that … [Read more...] about Biden ‘Dated Himself,’ ‘Underperformed’—and ‘Was Eaten Alive’
By NORMAN PEARLSTINE, DAVID PIERSON, ROBYN DIXON, DAVID S. CLOUD, ALICE SU AND MAX HAO LU Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. How could Ren, then in his 40s and possessing no intellectual property, have grown Huawei into the world’s biggest seller of telecommunications equipment and one of the largest makers of smartphones, with 188,000 employees in 170 countries? In fact, it’s entirely unbelievable, according to the U.S. government. Washington would have you believe Huawei’s official history is a sham — … [Read more...] about WHO’S BEHIND HUAWEI?
Hello and welcome to our Brexit vote live blog. Stay tuned for reaction to Labour's no confidence vote yesterday, after Theresa May's Brexit deal slumped to a historic defeat in parliament on Tuesday night. Please manually refresh this page for the latest updates What you need to know: The Prime Minister’s deal was defeated by a resounding 230 votes on Tuesday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, which May won by 19 votes following a rambunctious debate yesterday evening. May has now said she wants to work cross-party to deliver Brexit, but Corbyn won't negotiate until May commits to avoiding a no-deal Brexit. Read more: What happens now May has lost parliament's Brexit deal vote? Additional reporting by James Booth and James Warrington 12.45pm: UK would vote to remain in EU in a second referendum The UK would vote to stay in the EU in a second referendum, according to a new poll. Brits would vote in favour of remaining part of the bloc … [Read more...] about Brexit deal live: UK would vote to remain in EU in a second referendum