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Trump promises immigration crackdown ahead of U.S. elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration planned to require immigrants seeking asylum in the United States to come into the country through a legal port of entry, pushing a hard line on immigration ahead of elections next week. The president’s remarks, five days before U.S. voters determine which party will control Congress and state governorships across the country, drew immediate criticism as an effort to generate fear and energize his political base. “Migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry,” Trump told reporters at the White House, painting a caravan of migrants traveling from Central America…

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AT&T’s WarnerMedia accuses DOJ with ‘collaborating’ with Dish in HBO dispute

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of “collaborating” with Dish Network Corp in a high profile dispute over carrying HBO and Cinemax. FILE PHOTO - The AT&T logo is pictured during the Forbes Forum 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoFor the first time in its 40-year history, Warner Media’s HBO, known for its award winning TV series “Game of Thrones” and “The Sopranos,” went dark on Dish’s satellite television service on Thursday after a disagreement over a new distribution deal. About 2.5 million of Dish’s 13 million customers subscribe to HBO or Cinemax, according to one person…

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Google Walkout: Employees Stage Protest Over Handling of Sexual Harassment

In New York, more than 3,000 gathered in a city park and carried signs that said, “O.K. Google, really?” In Dublin, dozens filled a sidewalk. And in Silicon Valley, thousands poured out of office buildings into a common outdoor area and chanted: “Stand up! Fight back!”Similar scenes played out in other cities around the world — from Singapore and Hyderabad, India, to Berlin, Zurich, London, Chicago and Seattle — as Google employees held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the internet company’s handling of sexual harassment.The backlash was prompted by an article in The New York Times last week that revealed that Google had paid…

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Alas, the Blockchain Won’t Save Journalism After All

ImageThis is a crypto coin. Like a real coin, it is a representation of value. Unlike a real coin, you can’t hold it.To help you relate, we have anthropomorphized it.This coin’s every movement — and the movement of every coin like it — is recorded in a constantly updating, shared ledger.That ledger is called a blockchain! Ever heard of it?People are very excited about using blockchains. Mostly for making money. Bitcoin was first! Then came Ethereum! But a constantly updating ledger can have other purposes. It can be good for contracts! And tracking where food comes from!Perhaps it will save journalism, too?Hype around the technology has led…

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Google’s ‘#metoo’ moment: Workers walk out over women’s rights

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - Thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off their jobs on Thursday to protest the company’s response to sexual harassment and demand that the world’s largest search engine address rising concerns about workplace inequality. The protests took place in waves, beginning in Asia and then streaming across Europe and North America, with the final wave occurring at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The protests, which drew Google contract workers as well as employees, followed a New York Times report last week that Google in 2014 gave a $90 million exit package to a senior vice president, Andy Rubin, after…

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Trump, Xi upbeat on U.S.-China trade; U.S. targets more Chinese firms

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping both expressed optimism on Thursday about resolving their bitter trade disputes ahead of a high-stakes meeting planned for the two leaders at the end of November in Argentina. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Estero, Florida, U.S., October 31, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaBut within hours of the upbeat assessments, the U.S. Justice Department took aim at another Chinese firm it accused of unfair practices, part of an across-the-board pressure campaign by the Trump administration targeting Beijing. Trump said on Twitter that trade discussions with China were “moving along nicely,” and that he…

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Trump considering U.S. State Department spokeswoman for U.N. ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was seriously considering naming U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, adding he would make a decision on the posting soon. Spokesperson Heather Nauert (L) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, October 18, 2018. Brendan Smialowski/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo“She is under very serious consideration,” Trump told reporters at the White House after announcing planned changes to U.S. immigration policy. “She’s excellent. She’s been with us for a very long time. She’s been a…

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U.S. State Department spokeswoman under consideration for U.N. ambassador: Trump

FILE PHOTO: Spokesperson Heather Nauert (L) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, October 18, 2018. Brendan Smialowski/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday said he is seriously considering naming U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, adding he would make a decision on the posting soon. “She is under very serious consideration,” Trump told reporters at the White House after announcing planned changes to U.S. immigration policy. “She’s excellent. She’s been with us for a very long time. She’s…

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Trump says U.S. is finalizing plan to crack down on asylum seekers

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration and border security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States is finalizing a plan to deny asylum to people who enter the country outside legal ports of entry, as he hardens his stance against a caravan of migrants traveling from Central America. “Migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able…

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