Allergy to other viewpoints? Russian senator slams proposed blacklisting of RT & Sputnik in France

A report authored by two government-linked think tanks that calls on the authorities to deny accreditation to RT and Sputnik reveals the West’s fear of the freedom of speech, a Russian senator has argued. The Institute for Strategic Research of the French Defense Ministry (IRSEM) and The Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS), linked […]

Putin reportedly proposed holding a referendum to solve the conflict in Ukraine in his closed-door meeting with Trump

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly proposed solving the conflict in eastern Ukraine with a referendum during his one-on-one meeting with President Donald Trump.  Putin discussed the proposal in a closed-door speech on Thursday, sources in attendance told Bloomberg.  Residents in pro-Russian separatist territories would vote on whether to separate, but similar separation referendums […]

The impact of the latest proposed US tariffs on industry sectors, in one chart

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images US stocks fell heavily on Wednesday, like other markets around the world. JP Morgan Asset Management has looked at the US sectors most exposed to price increases should the latest round of proposed US tariffs be implemented. It says the overall impact on the US economy is likely to be small in […]

Proposed law would give DHS power to seize and destroy drones

The Senate is currently considering a bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security more power to research, surveil, seize and destroy drones flying in the US, Gizmodo reports. Yesterday during a hearing, DHS officials expressed support for the bipartisan legislation, saying current laws prevent the agency from effectively mitigating the potential threats presented […]

Proposed law would insist on work-life balance for New Yorkers

With all of us connected to our phones day and night, it’s pretty easy to respond to work requests after official office hours are over. European countries like France have passed laws allowing employees to ignore employers after hours, giving citizens the right to disconnect. Now New Yorkers may have a similar freedom if a […]

California’s first proposed per-ride city tax to raise Uber, Lyft prices

Enlarge / Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, seen here in 2010. (credit: Daniel Aruaz / Flickr) OAKLAND, Calif.—A local city council member is beginning to float the idea of taxing ridehailing companies like Uber and Lyft as a possible way to raise millions of dollars and help pay for local public transportation and infrastructure improvements. […]

The ‘Bachelor’ star proposed to his runner-up on live TV — and the audience was visibly shocked and upset

ABC/Paul Hebert Arie Luyendyk Jr. broke up with his finalist and fiancée Becca Kufrin on “The Bachelor.” He then got engaged to the runner-up, Lauren Burnham on live TV. The audience was shocked. The pictures say it all. On Tuesday night, season 22 of ABC’s “The Bachelor” officially came to an end after what was […]

Proposed NASA budget takes one small step toward the Moon

Enlarge / Trump signs Space Policy Directive-1, putting humans back on course for the Moon. (credit: NASA) The budget to be proposed for NASA later today will offer some preliminary support for a lunar exploration program, but has no specific timelines for when humans might return to the surface of the Moon—nor funding to make […]

Trump proposed a massive expansion of offshore drilling—what can states do?

Enlarge / Aerial view of an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico with a flare of the coast of Port Fourchon, Louisiana’s southernmost port, where land loss due to coastal erosion is estimated to be more than the size of footaball field every hour. (Photo by Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images) (credit: Getty […]