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John Thune: We shouldn’t have to use the nuclear option to keep the government open

“John Thune, R-S.D., shot down President Trump on Sunday, saying deploying the “nuclear option” in the U.S. Senate would fundamentally alter the way the upper chamber conducts parliamentary business” writes Naomi Lim for washingtonexaminer.com. Earlier Sunday, Trump tweeted his endorsement of GOP members going “nuclear” to pass a long-term budget with a simple majority in the Senate if the government remained closed for too long. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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On Twitter, Trump urges Republicans to use ‘Nuclear Option’ as government shutdown enters Day 2

“We want to have the right resolution,” Short said, noting that bipartisan Senate negotiators have not yet released their complete immigration plan” writes Paul Kane for sun-sentinel.com. The president’s statement came amid deep uncertainty over whether Democrats and Republicans could soon break an impasse to restore federal funding.President Donald Trump pressured Congress on Sunday to end a government shutdown that reached its second day amid deep uncertainty over whether Democrats and Republicans could soon break an impasse to restore federal funding. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Trump pushes Senate Republicans to deploy ‘nuclear option’ to end the government shutdown

“President Donald Trump on Sunday suggested that Senate Republicans invoke what’s known as the “nuclear option” to lower the threshold needed to approve funding for the government” writes Sonam Sheth for businessinsider.com. Last April, at the president’s repeated urging, Senate Republicans deployed the nuclear option to clear the path for Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, to be confirmed. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Despite Trump tweet, McConnell opposes using ‘nuclear option’ in shutdown battle

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is against using the so-called “nuclear option” to end a budget stalemate and reopen the federal government, despite President Donald Trump’s urging” writes Mike Calia for cnbc.com. Beyond Gorsuch, the simply majority vote needed for judicial appointments has allowed Trump and McConnell to move quickly toward reshaping other levels of the federal court system.The Republican caucus, however, did use the nuclear option last spring to enable the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Amazon raises monthly Prime subscription fee from $10.99 to $12.99 but keeps the $99 annual membership option unchanged

“With the price increase, the monthly option will now equal slightly less than $156 for a year” writes Nat Levy for geekwire.com. Amazon is increasing the monthly price option for Prime from $10.99 to $12.99 as it continues to expand the reach and benefits of the popular fast-shipping program.Amazon said the price increase does not affect the annual membership option, which will remain at $99.Those moves, plus regular increases in fees from shipping partners, are among the factors contributing to the price increase.The introduction of a monthly Prime subscription and…

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iPhone users to be given option to turn off feature that slows down devices

“Apple will give users the option to turn off a feature that temporarily slows down older iPhones in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns, chief executive Tim Cook has said” writes Alex Hern for theguardian.com. Alongside the option to turn off the slowdown, Apple will also introduce much more detailed monitoring of battery health for users.The resulting uproar saw the company accused of deliberately slowing down older devices to encourage users to buy new ones, a practice known as “planned obsolescence”.In 2017, with iOS 11.2, Apple made the same update to…

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Can you trust a hotel mobile room key?

“The security of the mobile key feature depends on the measures that hotels or mobile key providers have in place to protect their electronic key system” writes Melissa Lambarena for marketwatch.com. Checking into your room may also mean a wait — but not if your hotel offers mobile check-in and a digital room key.The FBI says it has not seen any cases of compromised hotel mobile key systems in the U.S., but hotel hacks are not unheard of.A traditional keycard generally remains an option for guests who prefer it — but it’s…

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Men most regret not investing—but women have a very different No. 1 money regret

“For women, the top money regret was not saving enough: a plurality, or 41 percent, chose that option, versus 33 percent of men” writes Shawn M for cnbc.com. Interestingly, men are more likely than women to fear losing money in the stock market, according to another survey.Men’s biggest money regret was not investing: Nearly 15 percent chose that option versus about 9 percent of women.That’s according to a recent survey by financial website GOBankingRates, which asked more than 5,000 U.S. adults to identify their biggest financial regret in 2017.Add financial…

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Airbnb’s new ‘Pay Less Up Front’ option allows you to spread out the cost of your booking — here’s how it works

“Now, the platform has answered traveller’s prayers by introducing a new feature which allows guests to spread the cost of a stay over two instalments” writes Rosie Fitzmaurice for businessinsider.com. Airbnb told Business Insider that the new feature is currently available to guests booking anywhere in the world, with the exception of Brazil, China, and India.Airbnb’s new Pay Less Up Front option, which launches today, allows guests to pay for part of their trip at the time of booking – a 50% deposit in most cases – and pay the…

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Will Sweden be the First Nation With Their Own Cryptocurrency?

“According to a note issued by HBSC economic analyst James Pomeroy, Sweden could be the first nation to issue their own cryptocurrency” writes Bob Donovitch for newsbtc.com. Sweden are by no means the only country to consider launching their own digital currency though.Sweden’s Riksbank have identified two possible ways that a centrally issued digital currency could work.It’s therefore appropriate that things have moved full-circle and it is in the Scandinavian nation that cash itself might finally cease to exist.It would be a fitting place to roll out a central-bank-issued, digital…

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