Post-debate polls show Biden’s lead shrinking and Harris gaining

Post-debate polls show Biden’s lead shrinking and Harris gaining

But it’s not yet clear whether Biden is in serious trouble or whether his lead has just slipped a bit. The Democratic presidential contest has gotten closer after the first debate — though pollsters differ on just how much closer it’s gotten. A new poll from CNN/SSRS found that former Vice President Joe Biden remains in first place, with the support of 22 percent of national Democrats or Democratic-leaning independent voters. But three candidates are…

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George Soros and Charles Koch team up for a common cause: an end to “endless war”

George Soros and Charles Koch team up for a common cause: an end to “endless war”

The controversial billionaire philanthropists are launching a new anti-interventionist think tank. There’s an unlikely pair of philanthropists behind Washington, DC’s, newest think tank. The new outfit, launched yesterday, is called the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and it’s funded by liberal billionaire George Soros and libertarian billionaire Charles Koch. Its mission: to make the case against foreign wars. The Boston Globe broke the story yesterday, calling the team-up “one of the most remarkable partnerships in…

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Hong Kong’s latest protests, in 22 photos

Hong Kong’s latest protests, in 22 photos

Protesters stormed the legislative building and police tried to clear them with tear gas. Twenty-two years ago, on July 1, 1997, the United Kingdom handed Hong Kong back to China on the promise that China would allow the city-state to largely govern itself for another 50 years. But many in Hong Kong see a controversial new extradition law as a sign that Beijing is trying to cut that timeline short, and they’re fighting back. Tens…

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eBay’s answer to Prime Day aims to compete with (and make fun of) Amazon

eBay’s answer to Prime Day aims to compete with (and make fun of) Amazon

The event will be called a “Crash Sale” in honor of Amazon’s server errors last year. As Amazon revs up for Prime Day — the ubiquitous e-commerce retailer’s annual “parade of epic deals,” this year spanning 48 hours and crowned with a Taylor Swift concert — eBay is preparing to cash in. The global marketplace’s “Crash Sale” (so named, says eBay, “if history repeats itself and Amazon crashes”) will coincide with Prime Day’s kickoff on…

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Calling the cops on someone with mental illness can go terribly wrong. Here’s a better idea.

Calling the cops on someone with mental illness can go terribly wrong. Here’s a better idea.

What if we sent mental health experts instead of police? We’ve seen it happen too many times. A person calls 911 to report a disturbance next door or out in the street. The police show up. Things go awry and the police shoot the person at the center of the disturbance — and it turns out that the person had a mental health issue. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit working to…

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