The GOP establishment’s days may be numbered | TheHill


Republicans haven’t even been in control of the White House and Congress for a full year, but voters are already beginning to signal buyer’s remorse.

And for good reason. In the first 10 months of a Republican-led Congress and White House, a handful of liberals masquerading as Republicans sabotaged efforts to repeal ObamaCare. In fact, if it weren’t for President Trump’s recent actions with regard to health care, Republicans in Congress might be seeing even greater discontent in the ranks.

Source: The GOP establishment’s days may be numbered | TheHill

It’s time we add tax reform to Trump’s long list of accomplishments | TheHill


As promised, the president is restoring national security. He has ended the sequestration of funds for the Defense Department, begun rebuilding our military, and overseen the collapse of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The Trump administration has achieved a massive reduction in illegal immigration, arresting nearly 100,000 criminal illegal aliens and deporting over 52,000, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year. Illegal border crossings are down over 41 percent.

He has unshackled America’s energy resources, expediting permits and approvals processes for natural gas terminals, pipelines and coal, oil and gas development.

And those are just some of the accomplishments.

Source: It’s time we add tax reform to Trump’s long list of accomplishments | TheHill

Republican’s decision to retire seen as sign of growing frustration in Washington | TheHill


Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) on Thursday became just the latest in a string of long-serving, influential moderate Republicans who’ve announced they are quitting Congress, a sign of growing frustration with gridlock in Washington despite full GOP control of government.

Source: Republican’s decision to retire seen as sign of growing frustration in Washington | TheHill

Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition


The Socialists, the main opposition, said on Friday they would back special measures to impose central rule on the region to thwart the secessionist-minded Catalan government and end a crisis that has unsettled the euro and hurt confidence in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who wants opposition support to be able to present a united front in the crisis, has called an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday to pave the way for Madrid establishing central control in the region.

Source: Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition

PayPal’s future rests on striking quadruple whammy


Mobile transactions are growing about 50 percent annually, and now account for more than a third of volume, according to the company. PayPal’s Venmo service has even faster velocity. It’s a payments-cum-social media service that lets people send money to each other for free and post comments about what it’s for.

Venmo handled $9 billion of payments last quarter, 93 percent more than the same period last year.

Trouble is, Schulman’s outfit gets precious little financial benefit for this service.

Source: Breakingviews – PayPal’s future rests on striking quadruple whammy

Low pay, no bonus: U.S. retailers struggle with hiring


staffing companies that hire employees for the industry say the problem is deeper and is putting pressure both on the quality of staff retailers can hire and, sooner or later, wages that potential candidates will demand.

The staffing firms say it may also create a squeeze on retailers as they seek to hire heavily for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas — the biggest drivers of retailers’ annual profits.

Source: Low pay, no bonus: U.S. retailers struggle with hiring

Living Near a Forest Is Linked to Better Brain Health | Pacific Standard


.. new research from Germany suggests proximity to a wooded landscape may also have a huge benefit.

In a study of older urban dwellers, it found living in close proximity to forest land is linked with strong, healthy functioning of a key part of the brain. This indicates that, compared with those who live in a mostly man-made environment, people who dwell on the border between city and forest may be better able to cope with stress.

Source: Living Near a Forest Is Linked to Better Brain Health – Pacific Standard

Facebook’s Political Ad Problem Spreads to Europe | Pacific Standard


Political advertising is particularly difficult to police because advertisers can tailor their ads to tiny customized audiences, and no one else ever sees them.

That means that political groups are less likely to be held accountable for negative ads they place online than for ads they run on television, in print, or on the radio.

Source: Facebook’s Political Ad Problem Spreads to Europe – Pacific Standard

Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work by Yasheng Huang | Project Syndicate


US President Donald Trump’s administration understands the central importance of China to any strategy to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

But, so far, the US has relied on threats, such as halting $650 billion in bilateral trade, to persuade China to cooperate. This is not a stick, but a boomerang – one that will hit China and immediately return to smack the US.

What is needed instead are carrots.

Source: Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work by Yasheng Huang – Project Syndicate

Indian telcos’ missing focus on R&D is hurting them | Livemint


Not a single breakthrough technology in telecom has come out of India, which should have served as the perfect crucible for experimentation.

The numbers are appalling. In the list of 50 top applicants that filed under the World Intellectual Property Organizations Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a list dominated by telecom companies like ZTE Corp., Huawei Technologies and Qualcomm Inc., there isn’t a single Indian name. (http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/pressroom/en/documents/pr_2017_804_annexes.pdf#annex2)

Even worse, a report by Thomson Reuters last year named Samsung, Huawei, LG, State Grid Corp. of China, ZTE, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Sony, NTT and Fujitsu as the top 10 global innovators in the telecommunications industry for 2015. No mention again of an Indian telco.

Source: Indian telcos’ missing focus on R&D is hurting them – Livemint