At Davos, delegates talk down Trump but bet big on America


As the world’s top policymakers and executives await Trump to address the Davos summit, they are privately voicing disbelief and disgruntlement at his foreign affairs, retreat on environmental issues and colorful tweeting.

But with the U.S. stock market soaring, Trump’s corporate tax cuts padding companies’ pockets and U.S. consumers spending again, companies here are quietly applauding the U.S. president even as many Davos delegates see him as an unwelcome outsider.

Source: At Davos, delegates talk down Trump but bet big on America

Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Trump looks damning | Vox


.. here’s the thing: the case against Trump on obstruction grounds is very strong — stronger even than the evidence that the Trump campaign broke the law by colluding with Russian’s campaign to influence the election.

“If Trump exercises his power — even his lawful power — with a corrupt motive of interfering with an investigation, that’s obstruction,” says Lisa Kern Griffin, an expert on criminal law at Duke University.

“The attempt is sufficient, and it seems to be a matter of public record already.”

Source: Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Trump looks damning – Vox

The “Hastert Rule,” the reason a DACA deal could fail in the House, explained | Vox


Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House, coined the “Hastert Rule” in 2003, when he said the “job of the Speaker is not to expedite legislation that runs counter to the wishes of the majority of the majority.”

In other words, speakers shouldn’t allow a vote on legislation unless the majority party is unified behind it.

Source: The “Hastert Rule,” the reason a DACA deal could fail in the House, explained – Vox

Norway wealth fund shuffles U.S. logistics property portfolio


Norway’s $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund and real estate firm Prologis Inc. (PLD.N) have sold 27 logistics properties from their joint U.S. portfolio to a unit of Blackstone (BX.N), the fund said in a statement on Thursday.

Source: Norway wealth fund shuffles U.S. logistics property portfolio

RPX Corp explores potential sale


RPX Corp (RPXC.O), a U.S. provider of patent management services, is exploring a sale as part of a review of its options, according to people familiar with the matter.

The move comes one year after RPX CEO John Amster stepped down when he failed to convince the board of directors to allow the company to be taken private. Amster was succeeded as CEO by the company’s general counsel Martin Roberts.

Source: Exclusive: RPX Corp explores potential sale – sources

Meltdown and Spectre Patches From Intel and Others Have a Rough Start | WIRED


A lot of the focus has fallen on Intel, because all of the company’s modern chips are impacted, and the company’s attempts to patch the vulnerabilities have seen mixed results.

Intel shares the hot seat, though, with fellow chipmakers ARM and AMD. Operating system developers including Microsoft, Apple, and the Linux Group have also been on the hook for providing patches.

These fixes, though, can inadvertently cause serious problems beyond processing slowdowns, including random restarts, and even the blue screen of death.

Spectre in particular is also more of a class of vulnerability than one easily resolvable bug, so it’s proven especially difficult to create one-size-fits-all patches for the flaw.

Source: Meltdown and Spectre Patches From Intel and Others Have a Rough Start | WIRED

The biggest career mistake is getting too comfortable | Quartz at Work


Due to market dynamics and technology trends out of my control, I’ve had to reinvent my career six times. I started as a watchmaker, pivoted to biology, and have been working on drastically different fields within IT and engineering ever since.

While it’s obvious that the first two years of any new endeavor will bear little fruit, it turns out that each time I started a new career, it was between the 3rd and 6th year that I was most productive.

The other effect I realized is that, after the first two of my career re-inventions, I was able to link back to my previous expertise in a way that was not at all obvious when I was working in this field initially.

Though it’s counterintuitive, and I didn’t fully realize it myself at the time, starting over from scratch so often had been one of my best assets.

Source: The biggest career mistake is getting too comfortable — Quartz at Work

Trump in Switzerland to play salesman at economic summit


While the president is expected to declare that the United States is open for business, the protectionist-leaning president’s attendance at the annual gathering for free-trade-loving political and business elites has raised eyebrows. His decision to sign new tariffs boosting American manufacturers this week has prompted fresh concerns about his nationalist tendencies.

“I’m going to Davos right now to get people to invest in the United States,” Trump said Wednesday before the overnight flight to Europe. “I’m going to say: ‘Come into the United States. You have plenty of money.’ But I don’t think I have to go, because they’re coming, they’re coming at a very fast clip.”

Source: Trump in Switzerland to play salesman at economic summit

GOP fuels ‘secret society’ talk with FBI text messages | TheHill


Two FBI agents accused by Republicans of harboring anti-Trump bias exchanged text messages, one of which mentioned a “secret society” — possibly as a private joke.

But the term has caught fire in conservative media and Republicans have promoted the text as a potentially explosive development, implying it confirms suspicions that the FBI gave Hillary Clinton an election-year pass but remain hell-bent on bringing charges against Trump.

Source: GOP fuels ‘secret society’ talk with FBI text messages | TheHill

11 people who will shape the immigration debate | TheHill


With two weeks to go before government funding expires, the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is at the forefront of the fight to prevent another shutdown.

Here are eleven people who will shape that debate …

Source: 11 people who will shape the immigration debate | TheHill