The 3 biggest US tuna companies use fishing techniques that hurt and kill dolphins, new lawsuits claim

The 3 biggest US tuna companies use fishing techniques that hurt and kill dolphins, new lawsuits claim

Bumble Bee, StarKist, and Chicken of the Sea are accused of falsely labeling their products as dolphin-safe. Consumers have filed class-action lawsuits against Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist, claiming the three tuna brands are falsely advertising themselves as “dolphin-safe.” The suits, first reported by Reuters, allege that all three companies, which together control 70 to 80 percent of the domestic canned tuna market, use fishing techniques that harm or kill dolphins despite…

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Abigail Disney just gave a searing indictment of American capitalism

Abigail Disney just gave a searing indictment of American capitalism

“In tolerating such extreme unfairness, we have begun to cannibalize the very people that make this economy thrive.” Disney heiress Abigail Disney isn’t done calling out American CEOs for hoarding corporate profits. The 59-year-old philanthropist and filmmaker, who is the granddaughter of Walt Disney Company co-founder Roy Disney, blasted corporate executives Wednesday for their “addiction” to money and the “extreme unfairness” of paying their workers less than a living wage. “We have begun to cannibalize…

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Uber’s premium customers can now push a button to tell their drivers to be quiet

Uber’s premium customers can now push a button to tell their drivers to be quiet

The new “quiet mode” feature is seemingly a response to the ongoing debate over whether conversation is expected in an app-hailed car. Uber is giving customers who use its premium Uber Black service the option to tell their drivers to be quiet with the push of a button. The new “quiet mode” feature was announced Wednesday alongside other new app settings available only to Uber Black users, including the option to set a preferred temperature…

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Evaluate the two sources of returns from debt funds before choosing one

Funds select the type of debt instruments to invest in depending on the investment objective.A change in the quality of the debt instrument will lead to an appreciation or depreciation in its value Get the latest news and analysis on business, finance, politics from Livemint, the website of the Mint newspaper, one of India’s leading business and financial dailies Powered by WPeMatico

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Alice Rivlin shaped every major policy debate of the past 40 years

Alice Rivlin shaped every major policy debate of the past 40 years

Rivlin, who died at age 88, created the Congressional Budget Office. Washington hasn’t been the same since. Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), died on Tuesday at age 88. Rivlin, a PhD in economics, had a long and varied career, serving as budget director and No. 2 at the Federal Reserve under Bill Clinton. In more recent decades, she served as a kind of center-right Democratic éminence grise, teaming up…

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Should we consider “electability” when evaluating candidates?

Should we consider “electability” when evaluating candidates?

Hans Noel and Seth Masket discuss the pitfalls of electability arguments, and what might make for good evidence. We know there are problems with electability arguments, but to what extent should party elites still be thinking about it? We decided to sit down and discuss it. Hans Noel: You just wrote a piece arguing that electability isn’t a very useful concept in choosing presidential nominees, mainly because it is used as a proxy for ruling…

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The historically low birthrate, explained in 3 charts

The historically low birthrate, explained in 3 charts

US women are having fewer and fewer babies. In some ways, it’s a sign of progress. American women are having so few babies these days that the fertility rate has hit a historic low, according to stunning new provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of births in the US dropped by 2 percent between 2017 and 2018, to 59 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, continuing a…

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US decision to withdraw staff from Iraq shows Iran showdown continues

US decision to withdraw staff from Iraq shows Iran showdown continues

The Trump administration says there’s a serious threat against personnel in Iraq. The US has ordered a partial withdrawal of State Department employees from Iraq over apparent fears of an imminent Iranian attack. Early on Wednesday morning, the State Department announced it would remove non-emergency employees from the US Embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil, a city in northern Iraq. That means some full-time diplomats must now leave the country, which will temporarily…

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