Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

Iran’s foreign minister condemned the U.S. Senate’s extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation, state TV reported Saturday. On Thursday the Senate voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. The measure will now be sent to outgoing President Barack Obama to sign. Iran’s state television quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that the extension “shows the lack […]

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Emotionally intelligent computers may already have a higher EQ than you

compute and respond to human emotions has been explored in movies for decades. However, a common misconception is that the challenge of creating emotionally intelligent computing systems is too great to be met any time soon. In reality, computers are already demonstrating they can augment — or even replace — human emotional intelligence (EQ). Perhaps, surprisingly, it is the lack […]

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G.O.P. Plans Immediate Repeal of Health Law, Then a Delay

Republicans in Congress plan to move almost immediately next month to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as President-elect Donald J. Trump promised. But they also are likely to delay the effective date so that they have several years to phase out President Obama’s signature achievement. This emerging “repeal and delay” strategy, which Speaker Paul D. Ryan discussed this week with […]

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Rep files amendment to kill Electoral College

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee thinks it’s time to do away with the Electoral College. The Memphis Democrat filed a constitutional amendment Thursday that calls for eliminating the electoral college and allowing for direct election of the president and vice president. The congressman’s amendment comes as Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote in last month’s presidential election […]

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In a race to the finish, Obama administration presses ahead with ambitious rules

As the future Trump administration begins to take shape, the Obama White House is engaged in a frenzied, final effort to put in place as many new rules and regulations as time allows. The goal: to complete several major regulations and other executive actions before President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20. Under consideration are executive actions that would affect land […]

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Trump threatens ‘consequences’ for U.S. firms that relocate offshore

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned that the government would punish companies seeking to move operations overseas with “consequences,” setting the stage for an unusual level of intervention by the White House into private enterprise. Trump’s remarks came as he triumphantly celebrated a decision by the heating and air-conditioning company Carrier to reverse its plans to close a furnace plant […]

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Donald Trump is assembling the richest administration in modern American history

When George W. Bush assembled his first Cabinet in 2001, news reports dubbed them a team of millionaires, and government watchdogs questioned whether they were out of touch with most Americans’ problems. Combined, that group had an inflation-adjusted net worth of about $250 million — which is roughly one-tenth the wealth of Donald Trump’s nominee for commerce secretary alone. Trump is […]

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