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A Florida man fed a kinkajou. The next morning, the 'super aggressive' exotic creature attacked him

A Florida man fed a kinkajou. The next morning, the 'super aggressive' exotic creature attacked himA Florida man was attacked by a kinkajou, a raccoon-like carnivore native to the rain forests of Central and South America.



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What Happens Next in the Hong Kong Protests

What Happens Next in the Hong Kong ProtestsThe next few days are critical to determine what China will do in the battle over Hong Kong's future, writes Ian Bremmer.



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The Orion capsule for NASA's next moon landing is ready to rock

The Orion capsule for NASA's next moon landing is ready to rockThe next trip to the moon isn't supposed to happen until 2024, but NASA is now ready to put living humans on the surface.On July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA confirmed that work on the Orion crew vehicle is complete. The reusable capsule, designed to carry four to six astronauts, is meant to offer a "sustainable" option for carrying humans to other worlds, including the moon and, later, Mars.NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine called the new development "an opportunity to take a giant leap forward for all of humanity." The Orion capsule is supposed to carry humans to the moon in 2024 as part of the larger Artemis program.Orion's first trip to space is planned for 2020/2021, and it's to be an uncrewed test flight in which the module will spend 10 days in orbit around the moon before returning to Earth. The Artemis 2 mission is expected to follow in 2022, this time bringing live astronauts out into space for a moon flyby.The 2024 mission will include an actual, crewed landing, with the module first visiting to to-be-built Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway, a space station that's meant to remain in lunar orbit and serve as a staging ground for communications, scientific research, habitation, and exploration. NASA hopes that by 2028, humans will have a sustainable presence on the surface of the moon.SEE ALSO: Where are the lost Apollo 11 Moon landing tapes?Also completed is Orion's European Service Module, which will power the capsule and propel it through space. The ESM is a contribution of the European Space Agency.With the announcement of Orion's completion, all eyes are on the upcoming moon missions. But the capsule has a bigger future than that. Not only is it meant to eventually carry astronauts to Mars, it's also, according to NASA, the "backbone for [our] deep space exploration" in general. WATCH: Before Apollo 11, we almost went to the moon with the Russians



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Quakes push Californians to prepare for the next big jolt

Quakes push Californians to prepare for the next big joltShaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes. California is spending more than $ 16 million to install thousands of quake-detecting sensors statewide that officials say will give utilities and trains precious seconds to shut down before the shaking starts. Gov. Gavin Newsom said it’s time residents did their part by mapping out emergency escape routes and preparing earthquake kits with food, water, lights and other necessities.



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It’s Not Just Warren. The Next Democratic President Is Coming for Your Monopoly

It’s Not Just Warren. The Next Democratic President Is Coming for Your Monopoly(Bloomberg) — Elizabeth Warren slammed Washington for failing to challenge giant corporations. Bernie Sanders assailed the power of Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry. Cory Booker vowed to appoint more judges and antitrust enforcers and even Joe Biden is preparing a trust-busting plan.Democratic presidential hopefuls are coming out in force against the rapid pace of corporate consolidation, a message to 2020 voters that gained volume during their first debates in Miami last week. They’re expanding their pledges to take on big tech, including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc., to other industries.Attacking big corporations is both a political message and a policy prescription. It’s one way Democrats think they can address the concerns of voters who have fallen behind, even as the U.S. economy continues to expand. As Democrats gear up to try to take back the White House in 2020, they hope the anti-corporate tone taps into the populist passion that propelled Donald Trump in 2016.“Whoever is elected on the Democratic side would be more aggressive on antitrust than we have seen in decades,” said Jason Furman, a former chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers who chairs a U.K. initiative on digital competition.So far, voters views are mixed, but it’s a message that could take hold as frustration grows with large companies and concerns, including how personal data are being used.With that in mind, some of the party’s top candidates are warning of a new robber-baron era, recalling the powerful oil and steel behemoths of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that the first American antitrust laws were designed to tame. Their campaigns often cite studies showing that consolidation may be responsible for higher wealth inequality, slower productivity growth, fewer startups and stagnant wages.The candidates are putting together plans to target a wide range of industries including agribusiness, telecom and health care. Booker, for example, has offered legislation that places an indefinite moratorium on acquisitions in the food and agriculture sector and Amy Klobuchar sponsored an antitrust overhaul that would require merging companies to prove their consolidation wouldn’t harm competition.The proposals mark a shift from previous administrations that had a lighter regulatory touch, allowing consolidation in almost every sector of the U.S. economy.Superstar CompaniesMore than three-quarters of U.S. industries over the last two decades have seen an increase in concentration, studies show. Markups — how much a company charges for a product above its own costs — have soared, another sign of rising market power. These findings are consistent with research showing a smaller number of firms across the U.S. economy capturing a greater share of sales, giving rise to so-called superstar companies.Democrats already started questioning this trend after winning the House majority last year. Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, the antitrust subcommittee chairman, is investigating concentration in the tech industry. The U.S., he has said, is in the midst of a “monopoly moment” that stifles competition. One of Cicilline’s questions is why there hasn’t been a “serious antitrust investigation” in 20 years.For more: House Panel Kicks Off Antitrust Probe With Focus on News MediaAt the same time, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have carved up oversight of four tech giants, with the Justice Department taking responsibility for Alphabet’s Google and Apple Inc., while the FTC is investigating Facebook and Amazon.com Inc.These inquiries could gather steam under a Democratic president, who sets the tone for antitrust enforcement through appointees to the Justice Department and the FTC.A Democratic White House would also likely deploy broader agency regulatory authority to check the power of dominant companies in many industries. That includes the Transportation Department on airlines, the Department of Health and Human Services on insurance and pharmaceutical companies, the Federal Communications Commission on telecom providers, and the Agriculture Department on agribusiness giants, according to Gene Kimmelman, chief counsel for competition policy in the Obama Justice Department, now chairman of Public Knowledge, an advocacy group.For example, the Agriculture Department’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration could restore a regulation the Reagan administration removed barring meat packers from having an interest in feed lots, reducing the packers’ leverage in purchasing livestock, said J. Dudley Butler, an Obama-era administrator of the agency. More aggressive investigation and prosecution of unfair practices and preferential treatment also would have an impact, he said.When it comes to deals still seeking approval, Furman said, T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. “probably wouldn’t be able to” merge without a legal challenge from the federal government under a new Democratic administration, though the deal will likely be decided before the election.For More: U.S. Wants T-Mobile to Create New Rival Before Clearing MegadealEven so, a Democrat in the White House would face legal constraints delivering on the wholesale breakup of industries that Warren and Sanders seek. It would be difficult to pass new antitrust laws while Republicans can filibuster legislation in the Senate, and the swelling ranks of conservative judges Trump has been appointing mostly aren’t supportive of more aggressive interpretation of antitrust law, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute.“The probability is low under the current system that you would get the breakups envisioned by some of the candidates,” Moss said. AT&T was the last major U.S. company broken up on antitrust grounds more than three decades ago.Democratic ‘Convergence’Even Biden, who established a business-friendly reputation in the Senate, has opened the door to tougher antitrust enforcement. Biden praised the “very strong case” made by more progressive 2020 candidates to crack down on tech companies, while saying it’s ”premature” to make a final judgment on breaking them up.“I don’t think we spend nearly enough time focusing on antitrust measures,” he told the Associated Press in May. “And the truth of the matter is I think it’s something we should take a really hard look at.”The former vice president believes the American economy suffers from declining competition and supports more aggressive federal antitrust enforcement, according to a Biden campaign official, who declined to provide further details. Biden plans to give a fuller explanation of his antitrust plan later in the campaign, the official said.Pete Buttigieg, whose presidential campaign has attracted fundraising support from Wall Street and other industries, also has sounded the theme. “The FTC needs to be empowered to prevent, and in come cases reverse, the mergers of some of these companies, not just in tech, but across the American economy,” he told the New York Times.Klobuchar promised she would use her first 100 days as president to create stricter standards for reviewing mergers and begin an “aggressive retrospective review” of previous mergers. She also pledged to instruct HHS to issue regulations to stop anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry, including collusion to delay lower-priced generic drugs.“This is an area where there is for the most part convergence among the Democrats,” Furman said. “I don’t think there’s anyone on the stage, or at least the big stage, defending a lax attitude on antitrust.”More ConcernWhile Warren and Sanders are the most vocal presidential candidates on combating corporate power, antitrust enforcement has been a rising Democratic priority for several years.The Obama administration began by promising to bring monopolization cases against corporate giants but only brought one: a case against a hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas.Still, it blocked some major mergers. In 2011 the Justice Department sued to stop AT&T Inc.’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile, causing the companies to abandon the deal. But critics argue the administration was too passive in the face of the growing power of tech giants.By Obama’s final year, the administration was showing more concern. The Council of Economic Advisers warned in a 2016 report that competition was declining across the economy, and the president issued an executive order instructing agencies throughout the government to use their regulatory powers to combat anti-competitive conduct.That would just be the beginning if Democrats retake the White House.\–With assistance from David McLaughlin.To contact the reporter on this story: Mike Dorning in Washington at mdorning@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Sara Forden, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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When is the next Democratic primary debate?: July 30 and 31 in Detroit

When is the next Democratic primary debate?: July 30 and 31 in DetroitLike the debate in Miami, the upcoming one in Detroit will feature 20 candidates out of the 24 Democrats seeking their party's nomination.



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Photos of the BMW M Next Concept

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Russia and China Go War Against America. Here's What Could Happen Next.

Russia and China Go War Against America. Here's What Could Happen Next.Could Beijing and Moscow coordinate a pair of crises that would drive two separate U.S. military responses?The United States discarded its oft-misunderstood “two war” doctrine, intended as a template for providing the means to fight two regional wars simultaneously, late last decade. Designed to deter North Korea from launching a war while the United States was involved in fighting against Iran or Iraq (or vice versa,) the idea helped give form to the Department of Defense’s procurement, logistical and basing strategies in the post–Cold War, when the United States no longer needed to face down the Soviet threat. The United States backed away from the doctrine because of changes in the international system, including the rising power of China and the proliferation of highly effective terrorist networks.But what if the United States had to fight two wars today, and not against states like North Korea and Iran? What if China and Russia sufficiently coordinated with one another to engage in simultaneous hostilities in the Pacific and in Europe?This first appeared in August 2017.Political Coordination



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Trump threatens to deport millions starting next week as he prepares to announce 2020 bid

Trump threatens to deport millions starting next week as he prepares to announce 2020 bidDonald Trump has promised to begin deporting “millions” of people living in the US illegally, on the eve of the formal announcement of his 2020 presidential re-election campaign, Writing on Twitter late on Monday night, the president, who is seeking to portray himself as a strong and confident candidate to an unconvinced electorate said those entering the US would be “removed as fast as they come in” and said US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin removals next week.He also praised Mexican efforts to prevent illegal border crossings.“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” the president wrote. “They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. "The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”Mr Trump campaigned heavily on immigration during his 2016 presidential bid, and is expected to use similar tactics to fire up support among his base ahead of next year’s election.> Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > 18 June 2019But despite his campaign talk of building a wall which he said Mexico would pay for and of stopping “bad hombres” coming into the US, immigration from countries south of the US border has risen during his presidency.Mr Trump recently threatened to hit Mexico with tariffs on goods if the country didn’t improve border enforcement.The move prompted Mexican authorities to dispatch their national guard and step-up coordination and enforcement efforts.A Mexican official, who briefed reporters in Washington on Monday, appeared to claim the efforts had resulted in an overnight success. He said US Border Patrol arrested 2,600 people per day after the agreement was struck on 7 June, according to Politico. This would represent a fall of almost a half from the average of 4,300 border arrests every day in May.Mr Trump is due to announce his 2020 presidential re-election bid on Tuesday.



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Democrats to meet in the next few weeks to discuss impeachment of Trump, key lawmaker says

Democrats to meet in the next few weeks to discuss impeachment of Trump, key lawmaker saysHouse Democrats will hold a meeting to discuss whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, a key lawmaker said on Sunday.House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said on Fox News Sunday that the House Democratic caucus will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the matter.“That’s going to be a very consequential decision and one that I’m going to reserve judgment on until we’ve had a chance to fully deliberate on it,” Mr Schiff said.In an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” Mr Schiff also said that while the findings of the Mueller report are “serious and damning,” he does not believe the Senate would convict Mr Trump if the House were to impeach him.“Now, it may be that we undertake an impeachment nonetheless. I think what we are going to have to decide as a caucus is: What is the best thing for the country?” he said.Democrats have been divided over impeachment since the Thursday release of special counsel Robert Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.On Friday, two 2020 Democratic presidential contenders – Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Julián Castro, who was housing and urban development secretary in the Obama administration – seized on the report’s findings to make the case for impeachment.But others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., have urged members of their party to hold off on any impeachment proceedings and instead continue their investigations of Mr Trump.The Democratic split grew Sunday as another presidential candidate, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, said it was too soon to formally open impeachment proceedings.Ryan said that it was “pretty clear” that the president obstructed justice and that the Mueller report portrayed a “very, very, very serious” set of circumstances, but that House committees should continue with their oversight of Mr Trump.“Let the Judiciary Committee look at this,” Ryan said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” stressing that Democrats need to “educate the American people” on the investigation. “Let’s see where that leads.”Mr Trump has sought to discredit portions of the Mueller report, including in a Friday tweet in which he dismissed assertions that he may have obstructed justice as “total bullshit.”On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump’s personal attorney, defended the president’s tweet.“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Mr Giuliani said on “State of the Union,” suggesting that campaigns regularly receive information from unusual sources.Mr Giuliani said he did not think his own 2008 presidential campaign would have accepted information from Russian sources but maintained that it would not have been illegal to have done so.“There’s no crime,” he told host Jake Tapper.The Washington Post



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