Trump has made no secret of his hostility toward federal watchdogs, a number of whom were appointed by President Barack Obama. Trump has publicly denounced them for alerting Congress to a whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment, reporting shortcomings with his pandemic response and examining the actions of a loyal Cabinet member. … [Read more...] about Some Trump loyalists replacing watchdogs have ‘preposterous’ conflicts
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“I don’t think we’re close at all,” said Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunHillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal Republicans introduce bill to create legal 'safe harbor' for gig companies during the pandemic Grassley says Trump pushing for drug pricing action after Senate lunch MORE (R-Ind.). “We’d have to have sessions like we did on March 23, 24, 25, over that weekend, and there’s no dynamic like that going on that I’m aware of.” … [Read more...] about GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill
So what if we tried to build something like a PC gaming rig to match this spec? How much would that hurt our wallets? 'Brutally' is the answer. Ignoring (for a second) that Microsoft is effectively promising to launch its new console with an SSD that outperforms current solid-state drives for PC, as that's impossible to anticipate. Instead, we'll draw your attention to the fact that the hard drive inside of Xbox Series X is based on a high-speed NVMe drive. If we were to look at something like the Samsung SSD 970 Pro as a reference point, the 1TB version comes in at £299/$350 alone. Now, given that Series X needs to be future-proofed for installing and reading 4K and possibly 8K assets – not to mention equipped to deal with an increasing push towards a digital-first ecosystem, thanks to services like Xbox Game Pass – you're staring down the barrel of a potentially hefty bill. Factor in a need to mitigate the strain of ever-increasing install sizes and we are … [Read more...] about Xbox Series X price and pre-order bundles: when can we expect the deals to arrive?
"The agreement allows for a coordinated public health response to the pandemic that was not possible under the backdrop of a political infighting that had distracted the government from focusing on the health challenge," Marvin Weinbaum said. Weinbaum added that mounting a successful campaign to contain the spread of the disease would be "exceedingly difficult" without a nationwide ceasefire with the Taliban, whose efforts to address the epidemic in areas under their control have been limited at best. … [Read more...] about Afghan Power-Sharing Deal Unlikely to Boost Peace Talks With Taliban
High among anticipated threats to regional stability is the prospect of Beijing arbitrarily declaring the Spratly Islands as territorial waters. It could then claim a 370km exclusive economic zone around them – effectively seizing control of the whole South China Sea. … [Read more...] about China’s bold military move against US in the South China Sea
Airstrikes, artillery fire and ground fighting have since riddled the area—claiming an unknown number of lives and causing upwards of 100,000 people to be displaced—however, Turkey maintains it is using the offensive to create a 20-mile "safe zone" within the Syrian border. It says it aims to re-house some of the 3.6 million refugees it has taken in since the start of the country's civil war within that zone. … [Read more...] about Turkey’s Erdogan Defends Syrian Offensive in Op-Ed, Slams International Community for Creating ‘Maelstrom of Instability’ in the Region