What should a president look like? The Democratic debate offered some refreshing options.

What should a president look like? The Democratic debate offered some refreshing options.

Should she have a chic streak of gray? Does he need to wear a tie? The most striking visual over the two-night Democratic presidential debates was the sheer number of candidates voters will have to choose from come primary season next year. But an arguably more important visual was the sight of the most diverse US presidential debate in history by a factor of, well, a lot. It was, in fact, the first time that…

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Trump jokes with Putin about Russian election meddling and getting “rid” of journalists

Trump jokes with Putin about Russian election meddling and getting “rid” of journalists

A meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit went about as you’d expect. President Donald Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin about meddling in the US elections. After the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Friday, a reporter shouted a question at Trump about whether he’d warned Putin not to interfere in US democracy. The US president replied, “Yes, of course I will.” He then turned to Putin,…

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Six political scientists react to the first Democratic primary debates

Six political scientists react to the first Democratic primary debates

A good event for the upper tier of candidates, a bad one for Biden, and a forgettable one for the ones you’ve already forgotten. Scattered across the United States, your faithful Mischiefs crew watched the last two days of presidential debates and formed some opinions. We offer those here. Julia Azari Identity politics was the winner of the debates. This is a loaded phrase and I use it deliberately and advisedly. One big question in…

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Govt cuts interest rate on small savings schemes by 10 bps

The move is aimed at matching the softening of interest rates in the banking sector since the RBI cut its benchmark policy rate thrice during the year.Public Provident Fund and National Savings Certificate will fetch annual interest rate of 7.9% from the existing rate of 8% 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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A total solar eclipse is coming Tuesday

A total solar eclipse is coming Tuesday

A few hours before sunset, the moon will block out the sun in South America. You can watch the glorious phenomenon online. Once every 18 months or so, the moon aligns completely with the surface of the sun, casting a narrow shadow along the surface of the Earth. This is a total solar eclipse, and the very next one is soon: Tuesday, July 2. On that day, a shadow will fall over the southern Pacific…

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Kamala Harris’s raised hand reveals the fraught politics of Medicare-for all

Kamala Harris’s raised hand reveals the fraught politics of Medicare-for all

Bernie Sanders wants to abolish private insurance. Michael Bennet and, apparently, Kamala Harris are not on board. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris raised their hands at the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate when asked if they would abolish private health insurance, and the fraught politics of Medicare-for-all revealed themselves again. It was a repeat of a question moderators asked the first night, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor…

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