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Source: Global News

N.S. adolescent mental-health expert Dr. Stan Kutcher appointed to Canadian Senate

Wednesday 21:52 GMT

A renowned Nova Scotia-based doctor who is an expert in adolescent mental health and a leader in mental-health research, advocacy, training and policy development, has been appointed to the Senate of Canada.

Dr. Stan Kutcher, a professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University, has been involved in mental-health work in over 20 countries and serves as the Sun Life financial chair in Adolescent Mental Health at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre.

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Source: CBS News

Federal judge becomes first in U.S. history confirmed by tiebreaker in the Senate

Wednesday 21:51 GMT

A federal judge nominee who the American Bar Association deemed "not qualified" for the bench has become the first in U.S. history to be confirmed by the Senate with a tie-breaking vote from the vice president.

Kobes is the sixth judicial nominee by President Trump to receive a "not qualified" ABA rating, and the fourth to be confirmed.

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Source: Common Domain

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Gets a Grilling in Congress

Wednesday 19:07 GMT

The soft-spoken Pichai, making his first appearance before Congress after Google declined to send him or Alphabet (ticker: GOOG) CEO Larry Page to a hearing on foreign election meddling this year, took heat for that absence, which led to ideas that Google has avoided responsibility for how it collects and shares mountains of data.

Pichai said more than 160 million people had checked their Google privacy settings the last month, but that Google wanted to make it even easier for average users to control their data.

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Source: Fox News

ObamaCare hiccup Obama makes personal sales pitch to boost lagging enrollment

Wednesday 18:11 GMT

It’s that time of the year again when the weather turns chilly, presents get wrapped … and former President Barack Obama makes his last-minute pitch for Americans to enroll in ObamaCare before the December deadline.

Under Trump, ObamaCare customers have just six weeks to pick out health insurance, which is half the amount of time they had under Obama.

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Source: The Guradian

Modi's BJP suffers heavy election defeats in Hindi heartland

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

The party of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has suffered heavy election defeats in two states, with another on a knife edge, in a bruising day of results that exposed the party’s vulnerability less than six months before the country goes to the polls.

The governing Bharatiya Janata party’s (BJP) vote collapsed by 17 percentage points in Rajasthan state and by at least 12 points in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, all part of the Hindi heartland where Indian governments are traditionally made or broken.

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Source: Common Domain

Equifax breach was ‘entirely preventable,’ congressional report says

Tuesday 04:15 GMT

The Equifax data breach that exposed the information of more than 148 million customers could have easily been prevented, a report released on Monday by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found.

Ultimately attackers orchestrated a 76-day assault on Equifax during which they extracted unencrypted data from Equifax systems 265 times. The company apparently had known about its inability to patch systems in a timely manner and did not fix it, the report found.

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Source: Common Domain

CMO Today: WPP Turnaround Plan Promises Cuts, Bird Makes Its First Brand Pitch

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

Scooter-rental company Bird has released its first brand film, an animated video that depicts car traffic as annoying and, more controversially, scooter domination as freedom.

WPP Chief Executive Mark Read set out his vision for a turnaround on Tuesday morning in London, describing a mix of streamlining, cuts and investments that he hopes will make the world’s largest ad holding company better-positioned to contend with the rapidly changing marketing landscape.

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Source: Fox News

Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows: Build the wall -- do what we said we’d do

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

He serves as Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and on the House Oversight Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

When illegal aliens are caught at the border, these loopholes often allow them to enter our nation to wait for an immigration hearing. A series of loopholes in our immigration laws have led to a policy called “catch and release.”

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Source: The Week

Beto the loser

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

Perhaps a charming smile and sweet-smelling puffs of progressive hot air are the perfect way to defeat a Republican Party seemingly bound and determined to make itself as electorally unappealing as possible — though I'd be more inclined to believe this if Beto weren't, well, a loser.

I mean he's a loser in the precise sense that his singular accomplishment in American public life (besides getting himself elected to a House seat in far-west Texas four years ago) has been to lose a Senate race to the stupendously unpopular Republican Ted Cruz.

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Source: The Guradian

George HW Bush was fiscally responsible – unlike Donald Trump

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

When George HW Bush was laid to rest last week, the encomiums appropriately remarked on his general decency and competence, which tended to be followed by a “but”. For journalists and historians, it is “but he was only a one-term president”.

In January 2001, after Bush’s son, George W. Bush, assumed office, the Republicans allowed the budget caps and paygo rule to lapse. Tight budget policy, together with strong economic growth, steadily reduced the deficit and converted it to rising surpluses in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

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Source: Fox News

Dozens of faith leaders arrested at San Diego 'Love Knows No Borders' protest

Wednesday 03:20 GMT

U.S. authorities Monday arrested 32 faith leaders marching in California toward the Mexican border during a protest organized by a Quaker group.

More than 300 people, many the leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, took part in the demonstration at San Diego's Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico. Activists have demanded the U.S. government pull the military from border communities, “respect” the human right to petition for asylum and end deportations of illegal immigrants.

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Source: CBS News

Comey says Americans should "use every breath we have" to get rid of Trump in 2020

Tuesday 09:55 GMT

Former FBI Director James Comey called on Americans to "get off the couch" and vote to deny President Trump re-election in 2020, and he referred to Mr. Trump's presidency as an "attack on our values." "I can't see what the end of the Mueller effort looks like, I don't know what form it'll take, I don't know what they'll conclude....I can tell you that all of us should use every breath we have to make sure that the lying stops on January 20, 2021," Comey said at a Sunday night event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

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Source: CBS News

GM launches lobbying blitz to save electric vehicle tax credit

Tuesday 09:54 GMT

General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers.

GM hired a fourth firm, the S-3 Group, in 2014 and earlier this year added the tax credit to its portfolio of lobbying issues.

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Source: Fox News

Jason Chaffetz: Time for Facebook to do an 'about face' and regain the confidence of its users

Tuesday 09:54 GMT

Today, the mainstream platform’s vulnerability to invasions of privacy and its inability to secure users’ data threatens everyone with a profile on the granddaddy of social media platforms.

They are moving to rein in the omnipresent Facebook which comprises half of the duopoly controlling 75 percent of digital advertising across the pond.

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Source: CBS News

Google CEO will defend company's privacy efforts during congressional appearance

Tuesday 22:46 GMT

Google's chief executive officer Sundar Pichai will defend his company's efforts to protect the privacy of users and deny accusations of political bias when he testifies before Congress Tuesday morning, according to his prepared testimony.

It was supposed to be a challenger to Facebook's social network, but Plus turned into a digital ghost town that Google began to de-emphasize several years ago


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