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Florida’s political hurricane

Floridians are bracing themselves for Hurricane Michael, which forecasters predict could hit the state’s Panhandle region today. If Michael devastates the Sunshine State, lives, livelihoods, and all manner of property could be lost. But Michael could also have a big effect on the Nov. 6 midterms — and with it the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. The mayor ...

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Why Google can’t hack it as a hardware company

Google announced a slew of shiny new products this week, including new Pixel smartphones. Unfortunately, a spectre of low sales hovered over all the new stuff. Compared to the iPhone, which has sold tens of millions of units, Google’s Pixel phone has dwindled in popularity with the everyday buyer. Sure, the Pixel 2 camera is incredibly impressive, but overall, consumers ...

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The cult of Beto

There is no way Robert Francis O’Rourke, alias «Beto,» a.k.a. the no-doubt gleaming future of the Democratic Party is as delusional about his prospects for success as his followers. That would be impossible. The Texas congressman is your average 46-year-old liberal failson politico, the grandson of a secretary of the Navy, the son of a judge, a hanger-on in his ...

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Should history’s greats be held to today’s standards of offense?

Twitter’s teapot held a new tempest Sunday, this one brewing over astronaut Scott Kelly’s approving quote of Winston Churchill. Within half a day, buffeted by digital waves of outrage, Kelly retracted his words, tweeting that he did «not mean to offend by quoting Churchill» and pledging to educate himself «further on his atrocities.» Was Churchill a «grotesque racist and a ...

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Trump and McConnell: The powerbrokers

Justice Brett Kavanaugh has taken his seat on the Supreme Court. Much of the credit goes to America’s Republican odd couple: President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It is hard to think of two party leaders who are more different. McConnell is taciturn while Trump is bombastic. McConnell has mastered the Senate arcana Trump disdains. Trump tweets and ...

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UIDAI plans Aadhaar Seva Kendras; project cost at Rs 300-400 crore

New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) plans to set up 'Aadhaar Seva Kendras', similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras, covering 53 cities across India at an estimated project cost of Rs 300-400 crore, official sources said. These proposed Aadhaar centres, meant to facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities, will be UIDAI's own and operate in ...

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Hurricane Michael latest update: Four US counties issue CURFEWS as dangerous storm nears

Coffee County in Tennessee will be under a country-wide curfew beginning at 6pm Wednesday until 6pm Thursday (local time). The Georgia county of Colquitt’s curfew will start at midnight on Tuesday and last until noon on Wednesday. Colquitt County Sheriff, Rod Howell, posted a Facebook post confirming the details. He said: “Curfew clarification: the curfew begins at midnight tonight, Tuesday/Wednesday, ...

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Harish Rao takes 12 shots at TPCC

Hyderabad: TS Irrigation Minister Mr T. Harish Rao has asked TPCC president Mr. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy about the kind of alliance made with Telangana Telugu Desam Party and whether it was conditional or not. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Mr Harish Rao posed 12 questions to TPCC Chief Mr Uttam Kumar Reddy. Mr Rao said that everyone knows ...

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