‘The West Wing’s’ idealism looks even better 20 years after its first Emmy

A by-no-means comprehensive list of issues touched upon during the first few seasons included bounties on US soldiers, violence by white extremists, the estate tax, abortion, conflict in the Middle East and brinksmanship with China (among other terrible foreign-policy choices), pressure from big donors, and the president pushing back when told that a pending threat […]

Watching for Arm-based Macs at WWDC 2020: Will Apple re-engine or re-imagine?

On the surface, it sounds like an awful lot of restrictions for a typical Mac user — but I don’t see the initial crop of Arm Mac users as regular Mac users. These aren’t heavy creative content professionals. If Apple intends these to be used primarily by consumers and business executives, it likely wants a […]

Judges Confirmed Under Trump Are Splitting With Other Republican Appointees In Siding With Police

The majority included Judge Thomas Griffith, a George W. Bush appointee who has since retired. He wrote separately in Flynn’s case to argue it was wrong to assume judges’ legal analysis was “a cover for the exercise of raw political power.” Other judges, including Trump’s nominees, have made similar comments arguing they are not political […]

A Robot Takes Lead Actress Role In New Sci-Fi Movie

“In other methods of acting, actors involve their own life experiences in the role,” Visual Effects Supervisor Sam Khoze told the outlet. “But Erica has no life experiences. She was created from scratch to play the role. We had to simulate her motions and emotions through one-on-one sessions, such as controlling the speed of her […]

Judges Confirmed Under Trump Are Splitting With Other Republican Appointees In Cases Against Police

Jay Schweikert, a policy analyst at the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, cautioned that most of Trump’s nominees likely would have been nominated under any Republican president. Disagreements among Republican appointees in qualified immunity cases reflected broader disagreements within the conservative community, he said; modern conservative legal decision-making is often defined by a focus […]

Bank of Canada adds to QE flexibility, housing starts hit 13-year record

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada held its key overnight interest rate steady on Wednesday but left the door open on possible future changes to bond buying, while a 13-year high for Canadian housing starts added to evidence of economic recovery.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 should not be held in China, human rights groups say in letter to IOC

The letter, which is addressed to IOC president Thomas Bach, and signed by human rights organizations on every continent, said that the actions of the Chinese central government in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia showed the country was unworthy to host the Winter Olympics.

Canberra Liberals promise $17m more for Catholic schools, changes to English, maths and science

Share what matters most to you ABC Canberra wants to know about the big issues affecting you or the area where you live or work. Tell us what matters most to you. Or maybe you have a question you would like the ABC to investigate? We want to incorporate your voice into our ACT election […]

AstraZeneca expects COVID vaccine result by year-end if trials resume

AstraZeneca would supply vaccines to countries at the same time to ensure a fair and equitable distribution, Soriot said, reiterating that the company was close to having capacity to produce 3 billion doses at sites set up around the world to prevent governments from restricting distribution.

Greek and Turkish ships are playing chicken at sea. There’s already been one crash.

– Maritime tensions are a microcosm of other politics. Turkey’s behavior may also reflect Erdoğan’s desire to boost his flagging popularity, reflected by his AK party’s losses in local elections in March 2019. During the past 17 years, Erdoğan oversaw significant economic growth driven by current account deficits, which facilitated his hold on power as […]