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WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg is suddenly the hottest ticket for Democratic donors in the 2020 presidential contest.
Entertainment moguls are fighting over who will host Hollywood fundraisers for the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Democratic donors are showering him with praise. And he has been repeatedly selling out fundraisers ...
SEATTLE (AP) - The future of one of the Northwest's largest electronics recyclers is uncertain after a judge sentenced its two founders to more than two years in prison each for fraud.
Total Reclaim Inc. recycles electronic waste from government and private organizations in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
Its owners ...
Lee Daniels cautioned a younger generation of filmmakers about pushing too hard against Hollywood norms at the TIME 100 Summit in New York on Tuesday, saying, “I think we’re in danger territory right now.”
In an interview with the CNN commentator Van Jones, Daniels, the creator of Empire and the director of films like The Butler and Precious, lamented the attitude shift between him and a younger wave of filmmakers. “Nowadays, the filmmaker of color says, ‘You know what? You’re going to give me $500 million dollars or I’m going to call you racist. You’re going to review that movie, New York Times, or I’m going to call you racist. And you are going to take me to the Academy Awards or I’m going to call you racist,'” he said. “What becomes more important? The messenger or the message? Where is art in this place?”
“I’m a little concerned, because a lot of it is not good,” he said, referring to recent works in television and film. “Just because it’s black don’t mean it’s woke.”
Daniels did not dispute that creators of color face discrimination in Hollywood. He said that when he was a rising filmmaker making movies like Monster’s Ball and The Woodsman, he was routinely ignored and underestimated: “Every studio kept passing. No one in Hollywood wanted to see a movie about a little fat kid that died at the end and an interracial love story.”
But Daniels said that he persevered not by protesting but by focusing on his craft. “A hashtag or an Instagram—that was not my weapon. My weapon was the work.”
He said that his difficult childhood and the hardship he experienced as a gay black man during the AIDS crisis also contributed to his resilience. “When you are young and see your friends shot and die in front of you, when you’ve been to over 200 funerals, when you’re bullied because you’re black and gay, there’s a shield that you put up that’s impenetrable,” he said. “You don’t take no for an answer.”
Daniels recently stepped into the theater world by producing Ain’t No Mo’, which is currently running at the Public Theater in New York; He called it “the most breathtaking thing that I’ve seen, ever.” And he said that he is also producing a gay superhero film called Superbitch. “He does backflips and has a cape and does karate,” he said of the new character. “He’s going to be a hero.”
Andrea Mitchell wants to know why "white, male candidates" are faring so well among the Democrats' 2020 contenders, given their female competition.
The polling performance of former Vice President Joe Biden, along with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who gave Hillary Clinton a run for her money in 2016 — ...
Embassies in Europe have wound up on the receiving end of an ongoing hacking campaign with roots in Russia, a multinational cybersecurity firm warned Monday.
Researchers at Check Point reported becoming aware of a weaponized spreadsheet being emailed to targets described as "government finance authorities and representatives in several embassies ...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's second-highest court is reducing the sentence of incarcerated former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva from 12 years and one month to eight years and 10 months.
The Supreme Court of Justice voted Tuesday on a request by da Silva's lawyers that it annul ...
Former Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday that the country would benefit from a formidable primary challenger to President Donald Trump.
“You could look at it and say that it would be a good thing for our country should that occur,” Corker said in an interview at the TIME 100 Summit. “If you had a real primary, where you had someone that was really being listened to, and of substance, things that we were talking about — and I could go through a list of them — they would actually be debated in a real way.”
But Corker warned that if Trump faced a less threatening opponent, no one would pay attention. So far, only former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has mounted a primary challenge against Trump.
The former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, who retired earlier this year, was one of the most vocal Republican critics of Trump in the Senate. Trump also repeatedly attacked him on Twitter, at one point calling him “Liddle Bob Corker.” In his interview with TIME, Corker criticized Trump for dividing the country further.
“Typically, to unite people, you have to wish to do so, and I think that currently, the president has not found that to his benefit or to his liking,” Corker said.
When asked about his own political future at the TIME event, Corker replied: “I have no thoughts about future public service. As far as what is next, I truly don’t know. I’m trying to discern that.”
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The Trump administration missed a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to turn over the president’s tax returns to House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, intensifying a standoff that will likely wind up in court.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A participant in the federal program shielding young immigrants from deportation is suing a Silicon Valley company, saying she was denied a job she was qualified for despite being authorized to work in the U.S.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund sued VMware in ...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon House moved to close a loophole that allowed domestic abusers to illegally hold on to their firearms.
Lawmakers voted 43-15 for stronger enforcement of a 2015 bill that prohibited those with domestic violence or stalking convictions from owning guns. House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, ...
More than a year after #MeToo exploded and prompted millions of survivors to share their experiences with sexual assault and harassment, Tarana Burke, the activist who founded the movement, said there is “so much more” that needs to be discussed, including the “untold” stories of minority women.
At the inaugural TIME 100 Summit on Tuesday, Burke said much of the focus of the movement has been put on powerful men in Hollywood and the mostly white female celebrities who have accused them of sexual assault and misconduct. But there are tons of voices that have gone unnoticed, including those of indigenous women and minorities, the activist said.
“The women of color, trans women, queer people—our stories get pushed aside and our pain is never prioritized,” said Burke, a survivor of sexual violence. “We don’t talk about indigenous women. Their stories go untold.”
As the movement evolves, Burke also said it’s important to talk about holding decent men accountable when they act inappropriately, even if they are perceived to be an “ally” in other areas.
“What I realized in the last year is that people are OK when you’re talking about the big, scary bad guy,” Burke said, rattling off the names of “big boogymen” public figures who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly.
“But when we start talking about . . . the good guy who’s an ally to women, who looks out for everybody, who’s a stand-up person, but maybe behaves in a way that is too permissive, then it’s a problem,” she added. “The reality is if we want to really look toward ending sexual violence, we have to examine all of our behavior.”
Burke started the grassroots Me Too movement in 2006 to help sexual assault victims after being sexually assaulted herself. In 2017, TIME named “The Silence Breakers,” those who shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment, as Person of the Year after actor Alyssa Milano helped popularize Burke’s movement with a viral tweet urging every woman who had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted to write “me too” in a social media post.
In just one year, the #MeToo hashtag has been used more than 19 million times on Twitter alone, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.
“You have millions of people walking around, saying my life has been adversely affected by this. We need culture change,” Burke said Tuesday, adding that she’s “hopeful” the movement will make a difference.
“Peoples hearts and minds are changing,” she said. “We can shift culture if we work in unison.”
The TIME 100 Summit spotlights the progress made by the world’s most influential people. The day-long and live-streamed event in New York City is an extension of the annual TIME 100 list. Other panelist speakers at Tuesday’s Summit included former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, White House adviser Jared Kushner, Apple CEO Tim Cook and primatologist Jane Goodall.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he had a "great meeting" Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after bashing the company profusely earlier in the day.
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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. "NCIS," CBS, 11.89 million.
2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 11.45 million.
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5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.47 million.
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CBS Corp. said late Tuesday Acting Chief Executive Joseph Ianniello has agreed to extend his role for six more months through Dec. 31, and "as a testament to the accomplishments" by Ianniello, the board has suspended its search for another chief executive officer. "Joe has demonstrated exceptional leadership during this time of unprecedented transition at CBS. He steadied the ship," the company's board said in a statement. Ianniello assumed the acting CEO role in September after being CBS's chief operating office since 2013. Shares of CBS rose 0.4% in the extended session, after ending the regular trading day up 0.5%. According to a report last week, CBS and Viacom Inc. are trying to resume merger talks, and in addition to agreeing to a price the two companies are also hammering out who would be CEO, Ianniello or Viacom CEO Robert Bakish, who has the support of Shari Redstone, whose National Amusements Inc. controls both CBS and Viacom.
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Overdependence, coupled with loans and the cost of maintaining infrastructure, could leave Cambodia in a “debt trap” to China, an expert said Tuesday, as Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen prepares to attend a summit in Beijing on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sweeping Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
China will hold its second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation from April 25-27 to outline the implementation of the BRI, which aims to strengthen infrastructure, trade, and investment links between the Asian superpower and 154 countries and international organizations.
Hun Sen will join nearly 40 other heads of state and 150 global representatives at the event, where he will speak on “boosting connectivity to explore new sources of growth,” according to a statement issued on Monday by Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Last week, China’s economic planning agency said that the total trade volume between China and BRI nations had exceeded U.S. $6 trillion from 2013 to 2018, and that China has spent U.S. $80 billion in direct foreign investment in these countries.
Critics of the BRI say that China is using investment to push its own political agenda, and that nations involved in the initiative see their sovereignty undermined if they fall into a “debt-trap” that leaves them beholden to Beijing because they are unable to meet regular payments on loans and default.
Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service, Carlyle A. Thayer, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales, noted that Cambodia is already an estimated U.S. $3 billion in debt to China, and that it stands to take on further debt through the BRI.
“China provides most of overseas development assistance in the form of loans—these must be repaid,” Thayer said.
“In addition, although China finances major infrastructure projects that do contribute to Cambodia’s economic development, recurrent maintenance costs are left to the host country,” he added.
“Overdependence on China, coupled with loan repayments and maintenance costs, could result in Cambodia’s falling into the so-called debt trap … Chinese companies involved in providing infrastructure take possession of the infrastructure. This could hypothetically mean Chinese ownership of Cambodian ports and even airports.”
Under the BRI, China has pledged to invest in Cambodian agriculture, finance, special economic zone development, capacity building, culture and tourism, and environmental protection—though the lion’s share of funding will be set aside for infrastructure projects that include highways, bridges, ports, airports, and high-speed rail.
‘No realistic alternative’
Thayer noted that Cambodia was an early backer of the initiative and said Hun Sen’s attendance at this week’s forum will reaffirm his nation’s support for the BRI, while adding political clout for China’s hosting of the event.
“Beijing expects nothing less and will continue to reward Cambodia by extending diplomatic and political support, continued economic engagement [such as aid, trade and investment], and defense cooperation,” he said.
As Cambodia’s largest trade partner, its most important foreign investor, and a major supplier of development aid, Thayer said the country “has no realistic alternative to dependence on China,” while Beijing benefits from maintaining a regional client it can count on to support its core interests.
Cambodia drew condemnation from Western trade partners and aid donors after its Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP in November 2017, paving the way for Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to steamroll a general election in July last year widely seen as unfree and unfair.
China, which offered its full support of Hun Sen’s government following the election, typically offers funding without many of the prerequisites that the U.S. and EU place on donations, such as improvements to human rights and rule of law.
But Thayer said Cambodia’s government had “painted itself in a corner” by targeting its political opposition amid a wider crackdown that also included restrictions on NGOs and the independent media.
Since the election, the U.S. has announced visa bans on individuals seen as limiting democracy in the country, as part of a series of measures aimed at pressuring Cambodia to reverse course. The European Union, which was the second biggest trade partner of Cambodia in 2017, has said it will drop a preferential trade scheme for Cambodian exports based on the country’s election environment.
Hun Sen’s planned visit to Beijing comes as the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh warned through social media that Cambodia’s relations with China had done little to create jobs in the country, when compared to its partnerships with the U.S.
“China is Cambodia’s largest trade partner, but this relationship is heavily skewed in China’s favor,” the post to the embassy’s Facebook page said.
“About 87 percent of trade are Chinese imports, which do not support jobs or industry in the same way Cambodia’s trade relationship with the United States or EU does. This is just one more way Cambodia has shifted from a more balanced and diverse economic approach to one more dependent on China.”
China’s Embassy responded with a statement accusing the U.S. of “trying to stir things up again with the so-called trade deficit issue,” adding that bilateral relations are “not just about trade.”
The statement noted that China had built nearly 40 highways and bridges for Cambodia and helped to construct every hydropower station in the country, while questioning how the U.S. had contributed.
Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith accused the U.S. of releasing “fake news,” as part of a bid to drive Cambodia and China apart.
“We want to build a good relationship with all countries, especially the U.S., but some individuals are trying to destroy this relationship because of their ignorance,” the minister wrote on social media.
Lack of transparency
On Tuesday, Koul Panha, director of local NGO Comfrel, told RFA that Chinese money is negatively impacting the people of Cambodia because of the way it is invested.
“Chinese investment in Cambodia lacks transparency and doesn’t help to promote democracy,” he said, adding that the loans have left Cambodia “under Chinese influence both economically and politically.”
Chinese investment has flowed into Cambodian real estate, agriculture and entertainment—particularly to the port city of Sihanoukville—but Cambodians regularly chafe at what they say are unscrupulous business practices and unbecoming behavior by Chinese residents, and worry that their country is increasingly bending to Beijing’s will.
Trade volume between Cambodia and China was valued at U.S. $5.8 billion in 2017, up 22 percent from U.S. $4.76 billion dollars a year earlier. China, Cambodia’s largest investor, has poured U.S. $12.6 billion into the Southeast Asian nation from 1994 to 2017.
Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.
President Donald Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at the White House today, hours after he took to Twitter to accuse the company of discriminating against him.
Ahead of the meeting, Trump, a prolific Twitter user, repeated allegations that his favorite social media platform stifles conservative speech, accusing it of playing “political games."
“They don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list,” Trump said in a pair of tweets, adding: “No wonder Congress wants to get involved - and they should. Must be more, and fairer, companies to get out the WORD!”
Those comments echo complaints by a number of Republicans, who've alleged that Twitter and other top tech firms routinely stifle conservative content. The companies deny any political bias.
Trump later tweeted that he had a "Great meeting" with Dorsey, writing, "Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!"
Motherboard, which first reported the meeting, said the pair were slated to discuss "the health of the public conversation on Twitter."
Twitter didn't immediately comment.
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(NEW YORK) — The S&P 500 index is closing at a record high, surpassing the peak it set last September and recouping all the ground it lost in a nosedive late last year.
The Nasdaq index also closed at a record high Tuesday.
The market has risen sharply since bottoming out on Christmas Eve, driven by greater confidence in the economy and reassurances that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates this year.
The gains Tuesday came as big U.S. companies began turning in solid results for the first quarter. Hasbro soared 14.2% and Twitter jumped 15.6%.
The S&P 500 rose 25 points, or 0.9%, to 2,933.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 145 points, or 0.5%, to 26,656. The Nasdaq added 105 points, or 1.3%, to 8,120.
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