Trump faults Russia for INF treaty pullout but did little to save it

President Trump has announced his intent to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which prohibits U.S. and Russian land-based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.  The big picture: Trump does have grounds to withdraw — Moscow has violated the treaty by deploying the 9M729 intermediate-range cruise missile — but doing…

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Obama hits campaign trail, urges voters to use their voice in November

Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail Monday with Democratic Senate candidate Jacky Rosen to urge Nevadans to vote this November and fight the Republicans’ stronghold. Why it matters: Obama has stepped back into the limelight recently to help boost Democratic turnout for the midterms, particularly by campaigning for candidates in tight races. Getting…

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Low employee valuations can lead to bad bankruptcies

Data: FactSet; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios Sears filed for bankruptcy this week, and its owner, Eddie Lampert, is warning employees that absent “material progress over the next few months,” the fate of the company is going to be “a shutdown and liquidation.” The bottom line: There are good bankruptcies, which discharge legacy debts and allow the…

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What we’re reading: Sinclair’s quiet conservative media takeover

As consolidation in the media industry has reduced the number of news outlets over the past decade, Sinclair media has managed to imprint its political influence by focusing on local TV markets, writes the New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar in “The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire.” Why it matters: Local news is trusted more than…

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Saudi officials used Twitter trolls to go after Khashoggi, critics

Before Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fight broke out between him and people who met him at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, he was targeted by the Saudi government through social media, reports the New York Times. Why it matters: Khashoggi was attacked daily by Twitter trolls because of his dissenting views…

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Automation could accelerate China’s scientific rise, close gap with U.S.

New advances are taking automation to the highest end of human endeavors, offering scientists a shot at some of the most intractable problems that have confounded them — and along the way tipping a global balance to give upstarts like China a more level playing field in the lab. What’s going on: A combination of…

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Celebrities are going public with personal addiction fights

High-profile celebrities, including The Beatles’ Ringo Starr, have been sharing stories and personal accounts of their struggles with addiction at the recent fundraiser for the addiction advocacy nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD, per the Associated Press. Why it matters: Addiction and alcoholism are two of the leading causes of death in the United States for…

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In photos: Nearly 700,000 protesters gather in London seeking Brexit referendum

Nearly 700,000 protesters gathered in London’s Parliament square seeking a referendum on Brexit, reports the BBC. Why it matters: A referendum has already been ruled out by Prime Minister Theresa May, per the BBC. If she were to reverse her decision a referendum would likely generate a majority vote to remain in the EU: The…

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