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Source: New York Times

In Fashion, the Beauty (and Challenge) of Looking Back

19-Sep-2017

‘‘I know that Cristóbal would probably roll his eyes at many of the things I do, but I feel the freedom now to do my own story.’’

Balenciaga’s haute couture maison, formerly located on the Avenue George V, was a chapel dedicated to the worship of fashion as art; here, in its cavernous catalog of designs past, the atmosphere is of a crypt — or even a shrine. When I visited the archive in the spring of 2017, the debut fall 2016 collection of Balenciaga’s latest artistic director, Demna Gvasalia, had just arrived.

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Source: New York Times

G.M. Chief, in China, Challenges Planned Bans of Gasoline Cars

Tuesday 14:32 GMT

Argued Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, who on Friday cautioned against the growing trend of officials in China and a number of other countries making plans to phase out sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars.

China this month joined other countries, including Britain and France, to say they will eventually ban sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars. “I think it works best when, instead of mandating, customers are choosing the technology that meets their needs,” she said.

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Source: CBS News

Senate Intel Committee invites Trump lawyer to testify in open session

Wednesday 20:04 GMT

The Senate Intelligence Committee has invited President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to appear in an open session at the end of October.

Cohen, a longtime confidant of Mr. Trump, was originally scheduled to speak with committee staff Tuesday behind closed doors, as part of the investigation into any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. However, the committee decided to postpone its meeting with Cohen after he released a four-page opening statement to the press ahead of his interview.

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Source: New York Times

Review: In ‘Charm,’ Challenges Emily Post Never Dreamed Of

Wednesday 20:04 GMT

Cast Sandra Caldwell, Michael David Baldwin, Jojo Brown, Marky Irene Diven, Michael Lorz, Hailie Sahar, Kelli Simpkins, Marquise Vilson and Lauren F. Walker.

Mama, a 67-year-old black transgender woman with an abiding faith in Emily Post, volunteers to teach a class in manners to the rough young transgender clients of a Chicago L.G.B.T.Q.

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Source: Common Domain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenge Not winning, but going the distance

Thursday 02:28 GMT

Market participants are pretty good at math, and adding up the poll numbers in the German election this Sunday tells them the country is heading for another “grand coalition” between the two mainstream parties — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats.

Merkel wants more than anything to match or exceed the 16-year tenure of her erstwhile mentor, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, but she may have to fight for every month.

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Source: Reuters

U.S. nuclear reactors face uphill challenge, despite lower emissions

Thursday 09:01 GMT

(Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear power industry is facing an uphill battle to hang onto its share of the country’s electricity production, with some projecting a worst-case scenario where half of the nation’s 99 nuclear reactors could shut over the next couple of decades.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) expects nuclear’s percentage of the power mix to drop to 11 percent by 2050 from the current 20 percent, and many reactors to close.

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Source: Reuters

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

Thursday 09:57 GMT

The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.

In addition to querying applications more often, the Trump administration is targeting entry-level jobs offered to skilled foreigners. The lawyers say this violates the law governing H-1Bs, because it allows for visa holders to take entry-level jobs.

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Source: The Week

The ongoing delusions of Hillary Clinton

Thursday 09:57 GMT

Hillary Clinton should have paid more attention to her husband's former adviser Paul Begala, who once said, "Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself."

It gives Democrats yet another reason to ask why Hillary Clinton won't get off the stage so they can pick up from the debacle of 2016 and find ways to connect to the voters she managed to lose.

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Source: CBS News

Lawsuit challenges rule that only doctors can perform abortions

Thursday 21:52 GMT

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that challenges a Maine restriction common across most of the U.S. that abortions be performed solely by physicians.

Julie Jenkins, a Belfast nurse practitioner and a plaintiff, said the state's rule is "medically unjustified" and especially punitive in Maine's rural areas, where access to doctors who provide abortions can be scarce. "All of us want women to have access to safe medical care," said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Moseley, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood.

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Source: Common Domain

After months of challenges and controversy, Trump's travel ban expires Sunday — and a new one may be coming

Friday 21:53 GMT

Days before the expiration of President Trump’s much-contested travel ban, the White House is reviewing a security report that aides say could serve as the basis of a new, and perhaps broader, version.

The Supreme Court in June had allowed the refugee ban to take effect, with exceptions for refugees who could show a “bona fide” connection to the U.S., along with a revised travel ban for 90 days in the six specified nations. David Lapan, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said it was “certainly possible” that more countries could come under travel restrictions.

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Source: CTV

Provinces challenge federal tax reform proposals

Saturday 03:21 GMT

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister scheduled an afternoon event in Winnipeg, where he planned to publicly air his frustration over the federal tax proposals.

Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have argued that the tax system unfairly encourages wealthy Canadians to incorporate, so they can get a better tax rate than middle-income earners. They say the changes are meant to end tax advantages that some wealthy business owners have unfairly exploited and to ensure all Canadians have a level playing field.

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Source: Reuters

Chastened Merkel looks for coalition partners after vote

Today 01:32 GMT

Germany’s Angela Merkel began the tough task of trying to build a coalition government on Monday after securing a fourth term as chancellor in an election which saw her support slide and the far right making significant gains.

Investors were unsettled by the prospect of a weaker Merkel at the head of a potentially unstable coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens, dubbed “Jamaica” as the parties’ black, yellow and green colors mirror its flag.

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Source: The Guradian

AfD leader quits party caucus hours after German election breakthrough

Today 04:17 GMT

Germany’s rightwing nationalist party Alternative für Deutschland, in celebratory mode after coming third in elections, was delivered a bombshell by its co-leader on Monday morning after she announced she would not sit with the party in the Bundestag.

Her co-leader, Jörg Meuthen, and the party’s leading election candidates, Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, rejected her stance, arguing the party’s goal should be to act as a strong opposition in the Bundestag to the politics of Angela Merkel, the chancellor.

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Source: DW

Donald Trump's travel ban 3.0 'more likely to survive a court challenge'

Today 04:18 GMT

The revised travel ban signed by President Donald Trump stands a better chance of holding up in court than its two prior versions, a noted immigrant scholar told DW.

DW: The third revision of President Trump's travel ban applies to eight countries, six of which are predominantly Muslim.

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Source: Common Domain

As Mexico earthquake survivors heal in hospitals, rescuers aren't giving up in the search for others

Today 05:11 GMT

Experts say the chances of finding survivors decline sharply three days after an earthquake, but rescuers and the Mexico City government have vowed to press on.

“But here I am, alive, thank God.”. Five days after the magnitude 7.1 earthquake, some survivors were starting the long healing process in hospitals.


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