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Democrats prepare to launch investigations into Donald Trump

08 November 2018 | The Economist

BEFORE the mid-term election of November 6th, Elijah Cummings, a congressman from Baltimore, Maryland, swore that if Democrats flipped the House of Representatives, his party would do what Republicans have refused to, and “conduct independent, fact-based, and credible investigations of the Trump administration.” 


Why Democrats’ Gain Was More Impressive Than It Appears

08 November 2018 | The New York Times

It wasn’t necessarily the night of either party’s dreams. The Democrats are poised to gain around 35 seats after Tuesday’s elections. Republicans seem likely to gain a few seats in the Senate, and they triumphed in some high-profile governor’s races.


ACCC says it won't oppose Nine Fairfax takeover

08 November 2018 | The Guardian

The competition watchdog has confirmed it will not oppose a planned merger between Nine and Fairfax Media, paving the way for two of Australia’s largest media companies to combine by the end of the year.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Thursday it would not block Nine’s takeover despite acknowledging that it would reduce competition.

The ACCC chair, Rod Sims, said the merger would “likely reduce competition” but added that it was not “likely to substantially lessen competition in any market in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act”.


Fossil fuels are a threat to civilisation

14 October 2018 | The Intercept

AROUND THE MIDDLE of the last century, the chemical DDT was found to pose a risk to human and animal health. The ultimate response — after a prolonged fight between environmentalists and the chemical industry — was a federal ban on all uses of the substance found to be unsafe.


The literature of liberalism

17 September 2018 | The Economist

The fourth and final instalment in our project to build a reading list of great liberal thinkers. The definition of liberalism has long been the source of disagreement. The tension between its various strands—such as American progressivism, libertarianism and the classical tradition


The Economist’s new China column: Chaguan

17 September 2018 | The Economist

GIVEN his love of Chinese teahouses, Mr Yang, a retired academic from Chengdu, was born in the right place at a terrible time. Within living memory his home town, the capital of Sichuan province, had boasted more than 600 teahouses, or chaguan. Some were famous for storytellers or opera.


AI may not be bad news for workers

17 September 2018 | The Economist

A SPECTRE is haunting workers—the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The fear is that smart computer programs will eliminate millions of jobs, condemning a generation to minimum-wage drudgery or enforced idleness. Never mind the robots, fear the software.


Alleged fake honey's impact on Australia's bees and crops

11 September 2018 | Adele Ferguson & Chris Gillett

Key horticulture figures have echoed concerns about the need for a vibrant Australian beekeeping industry that provide bees to pollinate crops, in the wake of tests from a German lab which found that some honey sold in Australia was deemed adulterated.


Will journalism be compromised?

27 July 2018 | Kelly Hughes

In a historic deal, Fairfax Media will merge with Nine Entertainment by the end of 2018 to create a media giant valued at $4.2 billion dollars.


Fairfax, Nine announce plan to merge in $4b deal

26 July 2018 | SMH

Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment have announced plans to merge by the end of 2018 in a deal they say will create Australia's largest integrated media player with a combined value of $4 billion.


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