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Was Amazon’s Headquarters Contest a Bait-and-Switch? Critics Say Yes

It can be concluded the Amazon HQ2 competition was a farce and it was always about pitting the two states against each other for tax breaks. BTW Bezos has two homes in those cities (i.e. preordained winners). #HQ2 #amazon— Ed Chan (@Architect_Ed) November 6, 2018 Amazon’s critics were apoplectic at what they called a bait-and-switch.“I was shocked,” said Robert B. Engel of the Free & Fair Markets Initiative, a nonprofit that is a determined foe of the retailer on all fronts. “They’ve duped more than the bidders. They’ve duped all of us. They can’t even live up to a promise that wasn’t fair to anyone but Amazon.”From…

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Trump agenda at stake as voters decide control of U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans cast votes on Tuesday to decide whether Donald Trump’s Republicans maintain their grip on the U.S. Congress, or if Democrats gain the power to slow the president’s agenda after a divisive campaign marked by clashes over race, immigration and trade. The first national elections since Trump captured the White House in a stunning 2016 upset are a referendum on the polarizing president and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box. The Democrats have a good chance of winning at least the U.S. House of Representatives, but slimmer hopes of gaining…

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British Watchdog Finds Cambridge Analytica and Brexit Financier Misused Private Data

LONDON — The defunct political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica violated British law when it used improperly harvested Facebook data to aid Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and would face a significant fine if it were not already in bankruptcy, Britain’s top data protection watchdog found Tuesday.The long-awaited report by Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office, which has been investigating the misuse of personal data by political campaigns, also said an insurance company owned by Arron Banks, a main backer of Britain’s campaign to leave the European Union, broke British law when it used customer data to aid the Brexit effort.According to the commissioner’s office, the company, Eldon Insurance,…

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A dozen U.S. states see problems with voting machines: rights groups

WASHINGTON/ATLANTA (Reuters) - Problems with voting machines were preventing some Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states in Tuesday’s congressional elections, U.S. rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting. Democrats and advocacy groups said they have been grappling with a diverse crop of new voting restrictions for these elections, which will determine whether Republicans keep control of the U.S. Congress. Thirty-six governorships and hundreds of state offices are also up for grabs. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official told reporters the agency had received reports of “sparse” voting technology failures, but said that so…

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U.S. says to issue chemical weapons-related sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it would impose additional sanctions on Russia after Moscow failed to give reasonable assurances it would not use chemical weapons after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England. The Russian flag flies over the Embassy of Russia in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoThe department in August had threatened Russia with added sanctions after 90 days unless it complied with the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act. Under the law, Russia had to end the use of the nerve agent Novichok, which was used in the poisoning of…

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U.S. intends more sanctions on Russia over chemical weapons: spokeswoman

The Russian flag flies over the Embassy of Russia in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department intends to impose more sanctions on Russia for failing to meet conditions under an international chemical weapons law after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain in March, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. “Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation met the conditions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW…

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CBOE Bitcoin (BTC) Futures Reach Record-Low Volatility

Bitcoin (BTC) futures hit record low volatility in October on the US Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), MarketWatch reported yesterday. CBOE Bitcoin (BTC) Futures Kevin Davitt, a Senior instructor at CBOE Options Institute, published a video on November 1st outlining the volatility decline. [embedded content] In the video above, Davitt outlines that the average weekly volatility for XBT-CBOE Bitcoin (BTC) futures on the week ending October 26th was just three percent. This is the lowest level of volatility since the futures contracts launched on December 10th, 2017. As of the first of November, the average weekly XBT high-low range on front-month Bitcoin futures since inception is 15.65%.…

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U.S. voters targeted with limited ‘misinformation’ on social media: DHS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has received reports of limited “misinformation” targeting American voters in social media posts on Tuesday, a Homeland Security Department official said as citizens cast ballots in hotly contested congressional elections. Voters wait to cast their midterm elections ballots at Burton Barr Library, a polling station in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Nicole NeriThe official did not identify specific posts or discuss their content, though he said that social media companies had rapidly removed them. The official played down the significance of the activity, saying that the government sees misinformation in every election. Both Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have taken…

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Key governor races will shape future U.S. political landscape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Hotly-contested battles in Georgia and Florida pitting liberal black Democrats against white Republicans supported by President Donald Trump headline the three dozen governors’ races being contested in Tuesday’s U.S. elections. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams is vying to become the nation’s first black female governor. The 44-year-old Georgia politician and Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, would also be the first black governor in each of their states. Abrams and Gillum, 39, are testing a new liberal path in Southern states where traditional, centrist Democrats have repeatedly lost. They seek to rally greater numbers of young voters and minorities, who typically favor Democrats…

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Reports of voting tech failure in elections ‘sparse’: U.S. official

Voters cast their ballots for the midterm elections in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Callaghan O'HareWASHINGTON (Reuters) - There have been “sparse” reports of voting technology failures in Tuesday’s U.S. elections, but so far they have had no significant impact in preventing people from voting, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official told reporters. Earlier, a coalition of more than 100 groups that set up a national hotline for reporting polling irregularities told journalist that problems with voting machines had been reported in at least 12 states by noon ET (1700 GMT) on Tuesday. There were long waits at some polling stations and technology issues…

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