4 things to know about Australia’s contentious election

4 things to know about Australia’s contentious election

After years of dysfunction, will conservatives get the boot? Australians head to the polls Saturday to vote in the country’s national election, and it’s shaping up to be a tight race. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government is facing a close contest with the social-democratic Australian Labor Party, led by Bill Shorten. Shorten is a former union leader who previously led his party to a narrow loss in 2016, but has remained in place since…

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Trump lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada

Trump lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada

The administration’s move removes a huge hurdle to getting the USMCA trade deal ratified. It’s gotten a little lost in the intensifying trade war with China, but President Donald Trump’s steep tariffs on all imported steel and aluminum, first applied in March 2018, remain in place. But now Canada and Mexico will get a reprieve, as the US has reached a deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from those two countries. This…

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Eric Garner died during a 2014 police encounter. An officer involved might lose his job.

Eric Garner died during a 2014 police encounter. An officer involved might lose his job.

Nearly five years after a prohibited chokehold contributed to Garner’s death, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo is undergoing a department disciplinary hearing. In 2014, the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after an encounter with New York Police Department officers that was captured on video, called national attention to the ways black men and women are mistreated by law enforcement. Garner’s death helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement,…

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Italy opens antitrust probe into Google because of a rejected Android Auto app

Italy opens antitrust probe into Google because of a rejected Android Auto app

Italy’s antitrust authority has become the latest international regulatory body to open an anti-competition investigation into Google, joining the European Union and the Competition Commission of India. The regulator opened the probe on Thursday after energy company Enel Group complained that Google wouldn’t allow the “Enel X Recharge” app to work with Android Auto. Enel Group was created by the Italian government in 1962, and it was privatized in 1999, though its biggest shareholder is…

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President Trump’s new immigration proposal would be terrible for tech

President Trump’s new immigration proposal would be terrible for tech

The dead-on-arrival plan would greatly cut down on tech workers’ ability to bring their families to the US. President Donald Trump’s “merit-based” immigration proposal is never going to happen. But what it does do is try and cover up the fact that his administration has systematically thwarted high-skilled immigrants and the tech companies trying to employ them. Using executive orders, the president has made it more difficult — and expensive — to hire high-skilled tech…

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Man sentenced to over 18 months in prison after threatening to kill Ajit Pai

Man sentenced to over 18 months in prison after threatening to kill Ajit Pai

On Friday, a California man was sentenced to over a year and a half in prison for threatening to kill Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his family over the agency’s controversial repeal of net neutrality. The threats took place in December 2017 as the FCC took up the vote to roll back net neutrality regulations under Pai’s leadership. As the day of the vote approached, a man named Markara Man, 33, began sending…

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Google has been tracking nearly everything you buy online — see for yourself with this tool

Google has been tracking nearly everything you buy online — see for yourself with this tool

Google has been quietly keeping track of nearly every single online purchase you’ve ever made, thanks to purchase receipts sent to your personal Gmail account, according to a new report today from CNBC. Even stranger: this information is made available to you via a private web tool that’s been active for an indeterminate amount of time. You can go view it here. Because I made my Gmail account nearly a decade ago, my purchase history…

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Trump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.

Trump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.

Trump tries to shift blame — and rewrites history in the process. President Donald Trump wants you to believe that he had no way of knowing about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s shady dealings with Russia before he made him his first national security adviser. In reality, the president is trying to rewrite history. On Friday, Trump tweeted his lament that nobody warned him about Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who was dismissed…

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