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Source: Common Domain

Donald Trump has had no trouble getting big loans at competitive rates

Friday 21:14 GMT

Contrary to countless reports portraying President Donald Trump’s relationship with banks as toxic, a new MarketWatch analysis shows Trump has virtually no trouble getting loans on good terms these days.

The MarketWatch analysis shows a variety of lenders, all big banks or listed specialized finance companies like Ladder Capital, that have provided lots of money to Trump over the years in the forms of short-, medium- and long-term loans and at competitive rates, whether fixed or variable.

Source: Washington Post

U.S. postal carrier charged with dumping two weeks of mail down D.C. storm drain

Thursday 11:52 GMT

A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier charged with dumping two weeks’ worth of mail down a storm drain on his route instead of delivering them is expected to plead guilty Wednesday in a deal with federal prosecutors in Washington, according to court documents.

Postal managers converged at the intersection of Douglas Street and Anacostia Avenue NE “where they observed and recovered 74 pieces of mail protruding from a storm drain,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily A. Miller of the District wrote in court papers. After a manhole cover was removed, postal inspectors “recovered 17 large trash bags of mail” in a nearby sewer, Miller said in filings.

Source: New York Times

YouTube Star Randy Rainbow Brings Sass to His Trump Bashing

Saturday 20:04 GMT

The YouTube personality Randy Rainbow was so embarrassed about asking his cabdriver to take him to the Trump Hotel in SoHo on Tuesday that he pretended he was a tourist.

As they took selfies with him like star-struck teens, Mr. Rainbow, who is single, grabbed a cocktail, chatted with an ongoing line of well-built and well-moisturized admirers and relaxed into his role of gay cult hero.

Source: CBS News

Prosecutors "really screwed it up when it came to the charges" against Cosby, juror says

Friday 23:44 GMT

Very, very tense" during the 52 hours of deliberations before a hung jury was declared and the jurors had trouble coming to a consensus on the charges, a former juror told CBS News.

The juror said the words printed on the charges were "unreasonable doubt," which the jury debated "back and forth half a day on that." The jurors went back to the judge on Friday to clarify what "unreasonable doubt" meant, but the juror said he still doesn't know what it means.

Source: Common Domain

Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal C.I.A. Interrogations

Thursday 11:52 GMT

Related Article. Fifteen years after he helped devise the brutal interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects in secret C.I.A. prisons, John Bruce Jessen, a former military psychologist, expressed ambivalence about the program.

The techniques were largely adapted from those the psychologists had used to train American soldiers in survival schools to resist brutal interrogations by hostile forces that were violating the laws of war.

Source: CBS News

Man indicted for hate crime for Texas mosque fire

Saturday 20:04 GMT

VICTORIA, Texas - A man has been indicted on a hate crime charge for a January fire that destroyed a Texas mosque, authorities announced on Thursday.

Perez, 25, was indicted on two counts on Thursday: hate crime-damage to religious property and use of a fire to commit a federal felony. He had previously been indicted for possession of an unregistered destructive device for an unrelated incident in which he is accused of trying to set fire to a former friend's car on Jan. 15.

Source: New York Times

How a Golfer’s Wife Overcame Her Addiction to Alcohol

Friday 21:14 GMT

Billy Horschel was enjoying one last serene meal with his wife, Brittany, in New York on Wednesday before they returned home to Florida to rejoin their rambunctious 2-year-old daughter and her infant sister when Horschel received a pinging alert on his phone.

As the couple left another television appearance, with CNN, Billy leaned into his wife and said, “You did a great job.”

Source: The Guradian

Women owe two-thirds of student loan debt. This points to a slow-burning crisis

Thursday 11:52 GMT

The hidden cost of academic gender parity, according to a new analysis by the American Association of University Women, is a disproportionate student debt burden; women are borrowing more to “get ahead” on the career ladder, only to find their futures constrained by the shackles of debt.

Women carry roughly two thirds of the country’s $1.3tn student debt load – altogether that’s about $833bn for women, compared to $477bn for men.

Source: Common Domain

How to bet on bitcoin, without the crazy volatility Here’s one idea

Friday 21:14 GMT

That, in turn, began a cascade of around 800 stop-loss orders and margin-funding liquidations, which sent the price temporarily as low as a dime, he explained.

It should be noted that while “less volatile” than a straight play on bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, the level of volatility for the index itself “is off the chart,” Hargreaves notes in his blog post. In its report on performance, Eurekahedge said that “over a period of 14 months between December 2013 and January 2015, the Eurekahedge Crypto-Currency Fund Index lost almost 73% of its value from its 2013 high.

Source: The Guradian

Privatizing public services could spell their demise – and the end of democracy

Thursday 11:52 GMT

When we privatize public services, we don’t just risk replacing them with less efficient alternatives – we risk damaging democracy itself.

Solving these problems by ceding them to the private sector ensures that public services will continue to deteriorate until they disappear. It can be hard to find a water fountain in Manhattan, and public transit in American cities ranges from mediocre to nonexistent.

Source: New York Times

The Austin Artist Making Covetable Collages

Saturday 20:04 GMT

On a hot and humid Monday morning in Austin, Tex., the artist Claire Oswalt is eager to give a tour of the Charles Moore Foundation, where she rents a studio.

This discovery that, all of a sudden, I have these torn, ripped pieces that have so much energy behind them and they just landed in this special way and that’s where they held.”

Source: New York Times

How Do I Get Off the Mailing List ... of a Family Member?

Friday 21:14 GMT

Every few weeks, I work myself into a lather over some new mailing list I’ve fallen prey to: an art gallery that sells bronze statuettes of ballerinas or the N.R.A. fund-raising juggernaut.

Well, your situation is a little different: Your niece has a reasonable expectation that you may be interested in articles written by a family member. But the fact that she seems to be a one-trick pony — and you’re not buying that particular trick — shifts the equation again.

Source: The Guradian

To lead on climate, leave the ivy tower

Thursday 11:52 GMT

Dena Adler ’11, Tess Hart ’09, Stephanie Ratté ’10 Cornell University – Greg Haber ’12, Leo Louis ’22, Katherine Urban-Mead ’21 Dartmouth College – Lindsay Brewer ’13, Leehi Yona ’16 Duke University – Alex Aines ’17, Irene Hofmeijer ’17, Kara Koehrn ’09, James Silberstein ’15 Georgetown University – Elizabeth Resch ’17, Lauren Seminack ’17 Harvard University – Ploy Achakulwisut ’18, Craig Altemose ’10, Katherine Curtiss ’15, Mattea Mrkusic ’17, Nick Simmons ’19, Trevor Thompson ’11 Johns Hopkins University – Julia Atkinson ’18, Frits Brouwer ’17, Pierson Racanelli ’18, Marijke Schouten ’18, Ginevra Poli ’18, Anna Zahn ’18 Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Adam Hasz ’18, Tse Yang Lim ’21, Geoffrey Supran ’16 Princeton University – Lindy Li ’12, Taylor Machette ’20, Ruth Metzel ’10, Jessica Sarriot ’18, Nicholas Wu ’18 Stanford University – Mariam Amini ’16, Yassamin Ansari ’14, Emma Hutchinson ’17, Nina Dewi Horstmann ’22, Phuong Nguyen ’17, Lauren Wedekind ’16 University of Pennsylvania – Johanna Matt-Navarro ’18, Bevan Pearson ’18, Gavriela Reiter ’17, Zachary Rissman ’19, Hannah Sanders ’19 Yale University – Hillary Aidun ’17, Ralien Bekkers ’17, Paul Rink ’19, Eugene Rusyn ’17, Emily Wier ’17

Source: Common Domain

Republicans aimed for Obamacare, hit Medicaid, face tumultuous debate

Saturday 20:04 GMT

For President Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell and tens of millions of Americans who receive health coverage through Medicaid or by buying policies as individuals, it’s all coming down to one, big gamble on the Senate floor.

Until then, keep track of all the developments in national politics and the Trump administration with our Essential Washington blog, at our Politics page and on Twitter @latimespolitics.

Source: ABC News

Top Senate Republican warns of possible bipartisanship on health care

Today 07:03 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Senate GOP focuses on insurance premiums, but would health plans be affordable?

Today 07:02 GMT
Source: Common Domain

FBI agent pleads not guilty to lying about shooting at rancher in Oregon standoff

Today 07:02 GMT
Source: Washington Post

How the push for a Senate health-care vote fell apart amid GOP tensions

Today 07:03 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Today 07:03 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

Today 07:02 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Trump travel ban ruling is racist and unfair, Iran says

Today 07:02 GMT
Source: BBC

Freddie Flintoff to star in Fat Friends stage musical

Friday 07:01 GMT
Source: NBC News

Homeless at 16, this CEO is now helping others find shelter

Thursday 20:08 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Why did these generic drugs’ prices jump as much as 85%?

Saturday 11:48 GMT
Source: Global News

Warren Buffet’s company invests into troubled Home Capital Group

Friday 13:39 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Home Prices in Prime Paris Finally Rising After Years of Stagnation

Friday 18:18 GMT
Source: Global News

Steve Irwin, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg to get stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Saturday 18:15 GMT
Source: Global News

Here are the 10 most expensive homes in New Brunswick on the market right now

Friday 19:20 GMT

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