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Can Burger King’s meat-free burger attract the climate conscious?

Chains are jumping on the meat-substitute bandwagon but some experts say vegetarian options could boost beef sales The moment I walk out of Burger King with a warm bag of vegetarian Impossible Whoppers, a plastic voucher is thrust into my hand. Have you tried Dunkin Donuts Beyond Sausage breakfast sandwich? a woman asks. It is meatless! Dunkin (11 years left to tackle. Veggie options no longer vie for a dusty corner of the menu in fast-food chains. Now they are jockeying to appeal to climate-conscious young people. Plant-based choices are…

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Why Trumps ‘maximum pressure’ foreign policy yields minimum results

The president is heading into 2020 with no major successes and looming crises so many expect him to attempt to reverse the trend with dramatic deals Donald Trump is heading into the 2020 elections with no clear-cut foreign policy successes, some dramatic failures and a string of looming crises around the world that could undermine his bid for re-election. For that reason, many expect the president to try to reverse the trend with dramatic interventions around the globe with uncertain outcomes which will make the next 16 months even more…

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Gadgets, drug mules and a French accent: my life as a private investigator

Emmanuelle Welch was a journalist before becoming a PI. Now she tracks down embezzlers and the occasional lost teddy bear Im often asked how I chose the life of a private investigator. In my case it was an accident. PIs tend to be former law enforcement, but not always. Im French and worked as a journalist before I made the leap. I used to live in Los Angeles. A mens magazine asked me to do an article where I would track down people the magazine had written about years earlier…

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Do Democrats win by moving left? Or is moderation the key to victory? | Geoffrey Kabaservice

The ideological battle for the heart of the Democratic party is far from over For Americans who would resist President Trumps re-election in 2020, the outcome hinges on the answer to this basic strategic question: will the Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are too far to the left to appeal to the moderate majority of Americans? Or will Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are insufficiently progressive to excite the Democratic base? This basic question of moderation v progressivism…

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Author Marianne Williamson on 2020 run: ‘The best thing I can do is be myself’

The self-help writer, who was the most Googled candidate following her debate performance, tells the Guardian she can win Marianne Williamson, until recently best known for her Oprah-endorsed self-help books, got less than five minutes airtime in the first round of Democratic presidential debates. But her contributions were memorable. Having instructed fellow candidates to get deeper than the superficial fixes, she referred to the prime minister of New Zealand as girlfriend and issued a challenge to Donald Trump. Looking into the camera, she said: Mr President, if youre listening, I…

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Black student group criticizes Harvard Law School after anonymous messages

Harvard Black Law Students Association says school, which failed to determine who sent offensive emails and texts, woefully failed to act An association of black students at Harvard Law School says the university woefully failed to act after four students received offensive emails and text messages from an anonymous sender. The Harvard Black Law Students Association issued a statement criticizing the school after it was unable to determine who sent the hateful, racist and sexist messages, and after officials refused to share details of an investigation with students who received…

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Four dead after gunman goes on 12-hour ‘violent spree’ in Los Angeles

Police have arrested suspect who fatally shot his father, brother and two others in the San Fernando Valley A man shot and killed his father, brother and two others on Thursday during a 12-hour rampage in Los Angeles San Fernando Valley, eluding an intense manhunt until plainclothes officers arrested him soon after he gunned down a city bus passenger, authorities said. Police said they did not know what had motivated the suspect, identified as Gerry Zaragoza, 26, in the attacks. It is obviously an individual that went on a violent…

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Yogi Berra’s baseball bat and a $17,500 typewriter: a visit to the auction of Philip Roth’s estate

The great American novelist died last year and a huge stash of personal effects went on sale last week. J Oliver Conroy went along About 10 years ago, Philip Roth asked his friend Russ Murdock the longtime caretaker of Roths rural Connecticut home and, as he got older, of Roth himself to carve his headstone. Roth told Murdock, a stonemason, to model it on Albert Camuss: just names and dates, in simple block letters, etched into a stone Murdock later dug up on the property. Then, last spring, Roth, who…

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Brain scans of US embassy staff to Cuba may show abnormalities

Diplomats had reported falling ill after what was thought to be acoustic attack Brain scans of US embassy staff who became ill in mysterious circumstances while serving in Cuba have found potential abnormalities that may be related to their symptoms. The scans taken from 40 US government workers who suffered strange concussion-like symptoms during their deployment to Havana revealed that particular brain features looked different to those in healthy volunteers. Images of the diplomats brains found that on average they had lower volumes of white matter, the tissue made from…

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Ilhan Omar’s constituents ‘proud to stand by her’ over Trump’s racist words

The Democratic congresswoman received an angry, racist volley from Donald Trump which hardened her supporters resolve to defend her When Donald Trump began targeting Ilhan Omar and other progressive congresswomen of color with racist attacks, demanding they leave the country, Erica Mauter knew she had to counter his dangerous message. If [Trump] was going to let that message be the one that resounds and resonates from him, then if she was indeed coming back home to Minnesota, were going to welcome her, said Mauter, who lives in the states fifth…

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Cape Cod great white shark gives family a fright by snatching fish from line

Captain says encounter captured on video shot from fishing boat just left everyone in awe A family fishing in Cape Cod Bay had Atlantic White Shark Conservancy confirmed it was a great white, as did Marc Costa, captain of the Orleans-based Columbia Sportfishing vessel involved. Costa said the boat was about three miles west of Great Island in Wellfleet when the shark made its move. The captain told the Cape Cod Times the encounter just left everyone in awe. One returned to waters off Cape Cod in recent years, thanks…

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Inside Trump’s DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests

Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies stay at the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs On 25 July, the conservative Heartland Institute is slated to host a one-day meeting at the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. It will feature leading climate science deniers who will discuss issues like the benefits of ending the Democrats war on fossil fuels, according to the institute. Last month, as Donald Trump was kicking off his 2020 campaign…

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Boeing 737 Max ordered by Ryanair undergoes name change

Decision fuels speculation that troubled plane will be rebranded once it is given all clear to fly A Boeing 737 Max due to be delivered to Ryanair has had the name Max dropped from the livery, further fuelling speculation that the manufacturer and airlines will seek to rebrand the troubled plane once it is given the all clear to fly again. Photos have emerged of a 737 Max in Ryanair colours outside Boeings manufacturing hub, with the designation 737-8200 instead of 737 Max on the nose. The 737-8200 is a…

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Prime Day: activists plan protests in US cities and a boycott of e-commerce giant

Immigrants and workers say Amazon should cut ties with federal deportation agencies and provide better work conditions Activists, immigrants and Amazon employees are planning actions against the e-commerce giant on its annual Prime Day, to protest against its labor practices and its involvement with US authorities deportation efforts. The protests on Monday are set to take place in at least seven US cities, and will coincide with the yearly sale that made the company more than $4bn in 2018. Activists say Amazon should not be profiting off the yearly sale…

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Beto O’Rourke’s ancestors were slaveholders, records reveal

Exclusive: ORourke addresses family history and admits that he and his children are beneficiaries of slaveholding Democratic presidential candidate Beto ORourke recently delivered an impassioned speech while meeting with the Gullah-Geechee Nation, an organization of African Americans whose ancestors were enslaved on plantations from Florida to South Carolina. The speech in Beaufort followed one attendees question about whether ORourke supports Confederacy. In his writings and media interviews, however, ORourke has dealt only with kin who lived too late to have fought for the south in the American civil war, or…

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