The Midwest has been drenched by rain and beset by floods. California is bracing for wildfires after several years of record-breaking burns. Hurricane season is just getting into gear in the Atlantic Ocean, which has been hit by more storms than usual over the past three years, and those storms have been above-average in intensity. Heat waves have been increasing across the country for decades. Just last weekend, New Yorkers were being warned to use less air conditioning to prevent blackouts — and to charge their phones for when the blackouts would inevitably happen.
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In a costed platform released Friday, the Conservatives detailed almost C$50 billion ($38 billion) over five years in new spending and tax cuts. Under the plan, Canada’s deficit would peak at C$23 billion next year, before dropping to C$5 billion in 2023 and moving into a surplus in 2024.
We’re a week away from the fourth Democratic primary debate on Oct. 15, and the stage is now set with 12 candidates. But our eyes are already turned toward the fifth debate, where things are starting to get a little crowded with seven candidates now qualified. Over the weekend, both Sen. Cory Booker and billionaire activist Tom Steyer earned the last qualifying poll they needed for November’s event, with Steyer making the cut despite having not even appeared in a single debate yet!
Imagine a doctor who wanted to treat a broken leg with chemotherapy. Or treat cancer with a cast.
Investing.com – Stocks finished at their highest levels in about two weeks as President Donald Trump touted a “substantial phase one deal” that resolves some of the trade disputes between the United States and China.
I have a mental health problem. A couple of them, actually. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the big one. I was diagnosed at 26 and take medication daily for that. I also have some mild depression that comes and goes and is currently settled down on the couch with its shoes off.
If Boris Johnson can manage to produce a Brexit deal in the next fortnight, can he get Parliament to vote for it? From the U.K. prime minister’s point of view, the lack of noise is probably a good thing.