New York judge rules against Trump’s sanctuary cities policy

Judge Edgardo Ramos of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that it was unconstitutional and illegal for the Trump administration to withhold funding from law enforcement in sanctuary cities, dealing another blow to the White House’s immigration fight, The Hill reports. Details: Ramos’ ruling applies to New York…

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The growing international influence of China’s Communist Party

A group of leading China specialists and students of one-party systems under the auspices of the Hoover Institution and the Center on U.S.-China Relations of the Asia Society have issued a long report titled Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance. Between the lines: The report is interesting, balanced, timely and has some good ideas…

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Axios China

A group of leading China specialists and students of one-party systems under the auspices of the Hoover Institution and the Center on U.S.-China Relations of the Asia Society have issued a long report titled Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance. The big picture: It comes at a time when many Western governments, led by…

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G-20 speculation about U.S.-China ceasefire enters high gear

Both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have stories suggesting that the U.S. and China may reach a deal during the dinner between President Trump, General Secretary Xi and their respective teams. Driving the news: Outlines of this supposed deal have been discussed for weeks, mainly because it is perhaps the only possible arrangement the…

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Scientists counted all the photons in the universe

Clemson University scientists, relying on imagery from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, claim for the first time to have measured all of the starlight ever generated throughout the history of the observable universe. By the numbers: According to the new data, which was published in the journal Science on Friday, the number of photons —…

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7.0 earthquake rocks Anchorage, prompts tsunami warning

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck just north of Anchorage, Alaska, shaking buildings, cracking roads and pausing air traffic into the state’s busiest airport. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least 277,000 people felt “strong” shaking from this quake. What’s new: The tsunami warning for the Cook Inlet and the southern Kenai Peninsula has…

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Fed report says Great Recession made millennials poorer than older generations

A study conducted by the Federal Reserve published this month finds that millennials have “paid the price for coming of age” in the midst of the Great Recession and are less financially stable than previous generations, NPR reports. Why it matters: The study explains that millennials tend to have less assets and wealth than previous…

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Exclusive: Juul employees upset over possible Altria deal

Vaping giant Juul is facing employee resistance to a proposed investment by Altria Group, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, according to internal messages obtained by Axios. Why it matters: The deal could value Juul at around $30 billion, and be a big first step toward cigarette sector consolidation. Details: Axios has learned that Altria first…

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