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Source: Common Domain

Cisco turns corner in tough transition to a new era

Thursday 01:34 GMT

Cisco Systems Inc. has turned the corner in a painful transition, with the first quarter of revenue growth since 2016 showing success in the networking giant’s quest to become a subscription-based business.

Cisco shares jumped to levels not seen since the dot-com boom went bust, and were already up nearly 10% this year, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.03%  , which counts Cisco as a component, is up less than 1% early in 2018.

Source: The Guradian

What Are We Doing Here by Marilynne Robinson review – hope, as distinct from optimism

Thursday 11:49 GMT

Marilynne Robinson is a stubborn nonconformist, and her new collection of essays confirms the distance between her combative ideas and the dominant values of the west.

They amply reward the reader’s attention, but their principal appeal lies in what they can tell us about the astonishing power of her fiction.

Source: DW

Microplastic menace has spread to the world's most remote oceans

Wednesday 16:23 GMT

New data collected in a round-the-world boat race has shown microplastics are in more of our planet's oceans than previously thought.

Participants currently taking part in a round-the-world ocean race encountered something surprising in the remote South Indian Ocean this month — a sea of microplastics. Seven ships left Alicante, Spain, in October 2017 and are racing around the world, scheduled to finish in the Netherlands in June 2018.

Source: Washington Post

4 ways Taco Bell’s CEO could improve Chipotle

Thursday 01:34 GMT

Niccol’s experience at Taco Bell, where he oversaw a company more than twice the size of Chipotle, with 6,849 locations and $10.1 billion in annual sales, makes him a good fit, analysts said.

At Taco Bell, Niccol helped launch the company’s fast-growing $1 breakfast menu, and analysts say a similar approach at Chipotle could help the company reach new customers.

Source: CBS News

Trump budget plan for 2019 defunds Amtrak's long-distance routes

Wednesday 07:01 GMT

The federal government has a suggestion for how to fix Amtrak's money-losing long-distance routes: stop giving them money.

The White House budget, released Monday, proposes that "States begin to share the operating subsidy costs of Long Distance routes with the Federal Government." The federal government has a suggestion for how to fix Amtrak's money-losing long-distance routes: stop giving them money.

Source: DW

Olympics chief Thomas Bach set to visit North Korea

Tuesday 10:51 GMT

International Olympic Comittee President Thomas Bach says he "welcomed" an invitation to visit North Korea after the Winter Olympics.

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) on Monday announced that IOC President Thomas Bach would visit North Korea following the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said North Korea invited Bach during a meeting between the IOC and the two Koreas on January 20.

Source: Washington Post

Kelly makes changes to White House security clearance process after abuse allegations against top aide

Saturday 20:56 GMT

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, under pressure over his handling of allegations of domestic abuse against a top aide, has approved an overhaul of how the White House manages security-clearance investigations, acknowledging missteps but putting the onus on the FBI and the Justice Department to now hand-deliver updates and provide more information.

The White House has struggled over the past week to explain how the security clearance process worked in Porter’s case and when top officials were informed about the allegations against him, offering shifting explanations of what occurred.

Source: CBS News

Pence says White House could have handled Porter issue better

Thursday 19:07 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence says that the White House could have handled the eventual resignation of former staff secretary Rob Porter "better" than it had. In a conversation with Axios' Mike Allen on Wednesday, Pence said the Trump administration has "no tolerance" for domestic violence."

Pence's displeasure with the White House's handling of the Porter situation comes in contrast to Kelly's assessment, who told The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Monday that the situation "was all done right."

Source: Common Domain

New Formula: Pressure Plus Diplomacy on North Korea

Wednesday 07:01 GMT

• Will diplomacy between the Koreas lead to direct conversations between North Korea and the U.S.? If diplomacy is serious, everybody knows it has to lead to negotiations between the two key players.

Where that does that leave the U.S. and the Trump administration’s efforts, largely successful so far, to exert maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to step back from its nuclear and missile adventurism?

Source: New York Times

Trump Threatens New Trade Penalties, but It Could Be a Hard Bargain

Tuesday 21:52 GMT

President Trump said on Monday that the United States would soon announce a “reciprocal tax” on countries that take advantage of the United States on trade, including trading partners he described as “so-called allies.” “They’ll send in their product, and we won’t charge them anything,” the president said during a meeting with mayors and governors to discuss his proposal for rebuilding American infrastructure.

Source: Fox News

James Kallstrom: FBI leaders showed a shocking failure of judgment in the Clinton and Trump investigations

Tuesday 11:47 GMT

The memo recently released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., reveals yet more shocking details about the failed leadership and judgement at the highest echelons of the FBI concerning the flawed investigation into Hillary Clinton and the farcical investigation of Donald Trump.

The Nunes memo revealed that in 2016, senior FBI leaders and Department of Justice officials used a discredited intelligence document (the infamous “Steele dossier”) in making their case to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court that it should authorize surveillance of Trump campaign official Carter Page. Here’s what we know about this Steele dossier: its “research” was financed by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Source: Common Domain

The stock market’s new ‘wall of worry’ is built on inflation and rate fears

Sunday 10:50 GMT

The U.S. stock market on Friday posted one of its best weekly performances in years, recapturing half of the losses from the startling market correction earlier this month and discovering a new “wall of worry” to climb.

New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley is slated to speak on Thursday, while Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester and San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams have speaking engagements on Friday.

Source: CBS News

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, backs off aggressive marketing amid lawsuits

Tuesday 21:52 GMT

Now says it will back off aggressive marketing techniques, no longer sending sales representatives to doctors offices to push opioids.

While Purdue said they now want to be part of the solution, and denies any wrongdoing, sources tell CBS News that Purdue was already wearing out its welcome in doctor's offices, and had moved on to targeting insurance companies and other parts of the health care system to drive sales of OxyContin.

Source: CBS News

Director Ryan Coogler's first priority with "Black Panther" was to make a good movie

Thursday 15:27 GMT

And it's the first one to feature a black lead character, a black director, black writers and a predominantly black cast.

"So I walked to my local comic book shop in Oakland and asked the guy who was behind the desk and he walked me over and he showed me T'Black Panther,'" Coogler said. Taking after an older cousin, he started reading the comics as a young boy and although he was inspired by characters like Batman and Spider-Man, he began to wonder if there were any characters with books who looked like him.

Source: NBC News

Legal landmines could complicate Trump lawyer's $130,000 payment to a porn star

Friday 14:33 GMT

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, says that a month before the election he paid $130,000 of his own money to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has in the past alleged she had a sexual encounter with Trump.

There is already a pending complaint filed before the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by the group Common Cause, alleging that a hush money payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Cliffords, by the Trump campaign would violate the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).

Source: The Guradian

Students who escaped Florida shooting voice anger at Trump as protests spread

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: CTV

Trump's Twitter tirades turn to Oprah

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: CBS News

Transcript: John Podesta on "Face the Nation," Feb. 18, 2018

Today 17:17 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

Today 17:17 GMT
Source: NBC News

Russian curler faces scrutiny after doping tests return positive

Today 17:17 GMT
Source: ABC News

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: BBC

Swastikas drawn on Poland's Israel embassy

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: BBC

MPs pressure City firms over diversity

Friday 01:34 GMT
Source: CBS News

McDonald's banishes cheeseburgers from Happy Meals

Friday 08:07 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Tesla: Here’s The Long-Term Case for the Model 3

Wednesday 14:33 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Commonwealth group to meet amid reports it will discuss Queen's successor

Wednesday 07:01 GMT
Source: Washington Post

D.C. teachers will not be assessed on how many students they pass this year

Thursday 21:53 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Trump inaugural committee directed $26 million for event production to firm connected to Melania Trump adviser

Friday 21:53 GMT
Source: CBS News

N.C. school district votes to end widely used sex education program amid outcry

Thursday 11:47 GMT

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