The US and Turkey reached a Syrian ceasefire. But what does that mean?

Vice President Mike Pence meets to discuss a ceasefire with Turkish President Recep Yayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on October 17, 2019. | Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Turkish Presidency via Getty Images It certainly looks as though it’s a big win for Turkey. The United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in northeastern Syria, a week after President Donald Trump withdrew US troops from the Kurdish-held area, effectively clearing the way for a Turkish military operation against…

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Pound/Euro Exchange: GBP/EUR falls as Juncker proclaims “no need” for Article 50 extension

The pound slumped against the euro this afternoon, with the pairing currently trading at around €1.153 as a volatile GBP/EUR exchange rate saw the pairing fluctuate wildly on announcements that the UK and EU had secured a Brexit deal. The pound slumped against the euro this afternoon, with the pairing currently trading at around €1.153 as a volatile GBP/EUR exchange rate saw the pairing fluctuate wildly on announcements that the UK and EU had secured…

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Rick Perry, a key figure in Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, will resign as energy secretary

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry visits “Mornings With Maria” with Anchor Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business Network Studios on September 24, 2019 in New York City. | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Perry has found himself at the center of a firestorm involving the President and Ukraine. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a Cabinet member who’s been caught up in the impeachment inquiry of the president over his actions in Ukraine, has officially tendered his resignation. It’s unclear…

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The importance of Elijah Cummings’s fight for voting rights

A photograph of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is pinned up outside the committee’s offices on October 17, 2019. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images “I will fight until the death to make sure every citizen … has that right to vote.” Over the course of his 12 terms in Congress, US Representative Elijah Cummings was a powerful Democratic leader, spearheading the influential House Oversight Committee and becoming a forceful voice…

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“I sold my face to Google for $5:” Why Google’s attempt to make facial recognition tech more inclusive failed

The new Google Pixel 4 smartphone and cases are displayed during a launch event on October 15, 2019, in New York City. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Google tried to make its Pixel 4 phone better at seeing black faces. But the company’s ends didn’t justify the means. On October 15, Google announced its latest phone: the Pixel 4. There’s been hype around this phone for months. Its features were the worst-kept secret in tech. So…

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Trump is still trying to collect citizenship data for redistricting

Mina Alabdalah, 6, of Brentwood, left, and her mom Sabreen Alabdalah, take part in a children’s citizenship ceremony at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California, on Monday, July 29, 2019. | Jane Tyska/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images He doesn’t need a question on the 2020 census to determine the citizenship of the US population. The Trump administration may have lost its bid to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census at the Supreme…

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Elizabeth Warren raised five times as much money from Big Tech as Joe Biden did

Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden at the Democratic debate this week. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Another sign of Silicon Valley’s divide. Elizabeth Warren is crushing Joe Biden when it comes to donations from employees at Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies — despite her pledge to break many of them up. Warren raised five times as much from Big Tech as Joe Biden did in the third quarter of this year, according to Recode’s analysis of…

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