Trump to Congress: I’ll work with you on infrastructure — if you pass my trade deal

Trump to Congress: I’ll work with you on infrastructure — if you pass my trade deal

The infrastructure deal has become a proxy fight for other political priorities. Ahead of a Wednesday meeting with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump basically blew up infrastructure week. In a letter the White House sent on Tuesday night, Trump said that he wasn’t particularly interested in considering an infrastructure deal, unless Congress ratified a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada first. “Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong…

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Can Huawei fight back against its trade ban?

Can Huawei fight back against its trade ban?

China’s biggest phone manufacturer is running out of friends. Google, Qualcomm and ARM have all reportedly cut ties with Huawei, leaving the company scrambling for partners in the wake of a presidential order. It’s not clear how Huawei will respond to the new blackout, but it’s likely that the company will do everything in its power to reestablish those supply routes. And if the Huawei contests the order in court, as is likely, the resulting…

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The crisis of children dying in custody at the border, explained

The crisis of children dying in custody at the border, explained

With three deaths since December and a flu quarantine, border facilities are in crisis. The death of Carlos Hernandez Vazquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan teenager, in a Border Patrol shelter in Texas on Monday is the third death of a child in Customs and Border Protection custody in six months. Before December 2018, no children had died in CBP custody in a decade. The death of Hernandez Vazquez — and of two other minors, including a…

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RavPower’s 45W USB-C wall charger is almost half off for Verge readers

RavPower’s 45W USB-C wall charger is almost half off for Verge readers

RavPower’s 45W USB-C wall adapter is $29.99 on Amazon for readers of The Verge. We’ve featured this deal before, though at almost half off, this is the best price yet. This offer works for either color option (black or white), and you’ll first have to clip the coupon that appears under its price on the product page, then enter the offer code VERGE45W at checkout. This code will last until June 3rd, though the extra…

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Michael Jordan’s Jumpman invades Fortnite

Michael Jordan’s Jumpman invades Fortnite

A new Downtown Drop Limited-Time Mode is bringing Michael Jordan’s Jumpman brand to Fortnite. While it is about hang time, it’s not the basketball variety that Mr. Jordan is famous for. The theme here is skateboarding, and players get to roam around a “Brooklyn-inspired” downtown area, completing challenges to unlock extra goodies and beautification items for their hero. Some of it is free, but, as usual for Fortnite, those with greater disposable incomes will get…

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Recode Daily: Crowdpac was a Kickstarter for political candidates. Now it’s out of business.

Recode Daily: Crowdpac was a Kickstarter for political candidates. Now it’s out of business.

Plus: Advertising to your emotions, cyberhacking in Baltimore, and gaming for Amazon warehouse employees. A startup that tried to overhaul political fundraising has fallen victim to partisanship. You could think of Crowdpac as a Kickstarter for political candidates, but the venture-backed startup failed to achieve enough scale, revenue, and venture funding; it told clients on Tuesday that it will shut down next month. It’s a death that speaks to how hard it is for a…

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London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

Starting on July 8th, Transport for London (TfL) will start tracking passengers’ phones on the London Underground by default. Wi-Fi access points across 260 of the capital’s stations will track customers using their phones’ MAC addresses, which will allow TfL to see the routes they take through the network as well as through individual stations as they move from platform to platform. Since the system relies on MAC addresses that phones automatically send to Wi-Fi…

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How to wipe your Android phone before selling or trading it in

How to wipe your Android phone before selling or trading it in

About to buy the latest Samsung phone or save a bit of money on a Google PIxel 3A? Whether you plan to trade in your old Android phone for a discount on your new phone, sell it on eBay, give it away to a friend, or drop it off for recycling, you’re going to want to wipe it of all your data first by resetting it to factory conditions. Luckily, that’s pretty easy to do….

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What the FERC? How one federal agency is quietly shaping climate policy.

What the FERC? How one federal agency is quietly shaping climate policy.

A chat with Commissioner Richard Glick of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Some of the most consequential decisions about how the US government deals with climate change are being made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency few people are aware exists and even fewer people track closely. But FERC sits at the heart of the clean energy transition, overseeing two key areas of frequent conflict. The first is bulk electricity — interstate…

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