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9 Of The Most Insta-Worthy 2019 Travel Destinations
Sunday November 04, 2018
Hands up if you’ve ever visited a travel destination just because you saw it on Instagram. Yep, most of us all guilty of it! In fact, according to Expedia’s 2018 social media and travel report, #LikeToTravel, a quarter of Aussies have visited a place based off a post they saw on their social media and […]
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$2 trillion infrastructure plan
Democratic leaders announced yesterday that they had reached an agreement with President Trump to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan “to upgrade the nation’s highways, railroads, bridges and broadband.” It was the first “substantive sit-down” between the parties since the lengthy government shutdown last winter. “Infrastructure week?” I haven’t heard that name in … [The New York Times]
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Warren’s scoring, energy from bench snap Suns’ 10-game losing streak
Friday December 14, 2018
PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns’ season and home opener against the Dallas Mavericks was one of the team’s best efforts all season. Their energy and offense matched Dallas every step of the way for a 121-100 win. The energy from the opener returned on Thursday night against Dallas, but the game unfolded quite differently in […]
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$5 trillion climate plan
Well, well, well, speaking of trillion-with-a-T-dollar plans, Beto O’Rourke’s got one. His has to do with the climate — he calls it “the most ambitious climate plan in the history of the United States” — and it proposes $5 trillion in new investment, cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, and zero net emissions by 2050. [Vox]
How Biden Jumped To The Front Of The Endorsement Race
Tuesday April 30, 2019
Less than a week after he announced he was running for president, Joe Biden is now in the lead in our 2020 endorsement tracker. In the video above, we explain what Biden’s geographically diverse set of endorsements can tell us about the state of the Democratic primary race.
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The Japanese Emperor Akihito has stepped aside after 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne, abdicating his position to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Thus ends the period known as Heisei — “achieving peace” — and thus begins Reiwa — “auspicious calm.” [NPR]
According to census data, there are six public relations jobs for every one reporter job. As my journalist colleague Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux tweeted: “This explains so much about my inbox.” [Bloomberg]
Joe Biden, former vice president and senator from Delaware, has surged in polls following the official announcements of his 2020 presidential candidacy last week. For instance, according to a new CNN survey conducted after Thursday’s announcement, he is the top choice of 39 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning independent voters. That’s up from 28 percent in March. [CNN]
Biden has also risen to the top of FiveThirtyEight’s endorsement tracker, where he sits with 75 points — former presidents and vice presidents are worth 10 points, governors 8, senators 6, representatives 3 and so on. We track such things because “party elites use endorsements to influence not only voters but also each other, hoping to get other powerful party members to rally behind the candidate they think would be most acceptable.” [FiveThirtyEight]
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