4 things to know about Australia’s contentious election

4 things to know about Australia’s contentious election

After years of dysfunction, will conservatives get the boot? Australians head to the polls Saturday to vote in the country’s national election, and it’s shaping up to be a tight race. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government is facing a close contest with the social-democratic Australian Labor Party, led by Bill Shorten. Shorten is a former union leader who previously led his party to a narrow loss in 2016, but has remained in place since…

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Trump lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada

Trump lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada

The administration’s move removes a huge hurdle to getting the USMCA trade deal ratified. It’s gotten a little lost in the intensifying trade war with China, but President Donald Trump’s steep tariffs on all imported steel and aluminum, first applied in March 2018, remain in place. But now Canada and Mexico will get a reprieve, as the US has reached a deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from those two countries. This…

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Eric Garner died during a 2014 police encounter. An officer involved might lose his job.

Eric Garner died during a 2014 police encounter. An officer involved might lose his job.

Nearly five years after a prohibited chokehold contributed to Garner’s death, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo is undergoing a department disciplinary hearing. In 2014, the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after an encounter with New York Police Department officers that was captured on video, called national attention to the ways black men and women are mistreated by law enforcement. Garner’s death helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement,…

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President Trump’s new immigration proposal would be terrible for tech

President Trump’s new immigration proposal would be terrible for tech

The dead-on-arrival plan would greatly cut down on tech workers’ ability to bring their families to the US. President Donald Trump’s “merit-based” immigration proposal is never going to happen. But what it does do is try and cover up the fact that his administration has systematically thwarted high-skilled immigrants and the tech companies trying to employ them. Using executive orders, the president has made it more difficult — and expensive — to hire high-skilled tech…

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Trump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.

Trump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.

Trump tries to shift blame — and rewrites history in the process. President Donald Trump wants you to believe that he had no way of knowing about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s shady dealings with Russia before he made him his first national security adviser. In reality, the president is trying to rewrite history. On Friday, Trump tweeted his lament that nobody warned him about Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who was dismissed…

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Watch: Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” gets a time-traveling Western mini movie

Watch: Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” gets a time-traveling Western mini movie

The rapper rounds up Billy Ray Cyrus and Chris Rock for the song’s hilariously perfect official video. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has cemented itself as one of the biggest songs of 2019, sitting on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six straight weeks as of May 13; its Billy Ray Cyrus-featuring remix also holds five of the top seven spots on Billboard’s list of the biggest streaming weeks in the publication’s…

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Connecticut is about to get a $15 minimum wage

Connecticut is about to get a $15 minimum wage

More than 300,000 workers would get a raise. More than 330,000 low-wage workers in Connecticut are about to get a raise. Just before sunrise Friday, state senators passed a bill that will raise the minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour over the next five years. The bill now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont, who has promised to sign it. Once he does, Connecticut will be the seventh state to adopt a $15 minimum…

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