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Is Bernie Sanders Really in the Lead for the 2020 Democratic Nomination?

Independent Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is in the lead for the Democratic nomination according to a new ranking by the Hill. Last week, Hill reporters interviewed Democratic insiders and reported that although no candidate is clearing the field, Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and others were generating excitement among top Democrats. The toplines of recent polls seem to agree. Sanders led in New Hampshire as well as multiple national polls (Biden also led in a national poll and was second in the New Hampshire poll).

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“My Herky-Jerky Ride in General Motors’ Ultra-Cautious Self Driving Car”

NOTHING WILL MAKE you hate humans—capricious, volatile, unplanned, erratic humans—like sitting in the back of self-driving car. When I hitched a ride in one, a white and orange General Motors Cruise autonomous vehicle during a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday, every movement was a cause for alarm. Two walkers darted out in front of the car during my roughly 20-minute, 3-mile ride, blissfully ignorant that they were trusting their lives to a piece of software. Two cyclists made unexpected but sweeping turns. Human-operated vehicles whipped around corners and rolled through stop signs. Why couldn’t they be like this autonomous vehicle: extra cautious, considerate, aware?

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US regulator says Silicon Valley is threat to internet

Washington (AFP) – A top US regulator, defending an effort to roll back so-called “net neutrality” rules, said Tuesday that large internet platforms represent the biggest threat to online freedom because they routinely block “content they don’t like.”

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai delivered remarks days after unveiling a proposal to reverse a hotly contested 2015 rule requiring broadband firms to treat all online traffic equally.

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Dow jumps 100 points to record high as Wall Street bets on strong economic growth

The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high on Wednesday as investors bet the U.S. economy’s momentum would continue.

The U.S. economy has picked up steam this year, growing at an annualized rate of more than 3 percent each of the past two quarters.

“There’s a lot of momentum” in the U.S. economy and that’s being reflected in stocks, said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. “I can’t think of anything other than a black-swan event that would derail it.”

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ESPN eliminating 150 production, tech jobs in latest cuts

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ESPN is eliminating 150 production and technical employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future.

The company says the layoffs, which were announced Wednesday morning in a memo to employees, don’t include on-air talent and will have a minimal impact on the network’s signature SportsCenter news program.

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“That Time Newsweek Compared Charles Manson to Trump”

Newsweek has been living on the edge lately. The outlet has become somewhat infamous for publishing provocative headlines in the Trump era. Does “It’s OK to Be White: How Fox News Is Helping to Spread Neo-Nazi Propaganda” ring a bell?

Yet, this one may take the cake: “How Murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump Used Language to Gain Followers.” Melissa Matthews published that title after speaking with psychoanalyst Mark Smaller.

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Disney Animation and Pixar executive John Lasseter takes leave of absence after ‘missteps’

Lasseter said he is taking a leave of absence from Pixar after several “painful” conversations and “missteps,” according to a memo he wrote to his staff.

The executive, who is currently Pixar’s and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer, said on Tuesday after several talks, he realized he made several employees “feel disrespected or uncomfortable.” Lasseter will take a six-month sabbatical, and said he hopes he can use it to “start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve.”

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Why Zimbabwe’s next dictator will be even worse than Mugabe

Last week, the military announced that it was taking over the country, and that it would seek to oust Robert Mugabe, the aging strongman who has wrecked one of Africa’s most beautiful countries through tyranny and insane economic mismanagement, and return it to constitutional government.

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60 minutes producer complaint about sexual harassment at CBS

A former “60 Minutes” producer accused her supervisors of sexual harassment in a complaint she filed last year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The producer’s complaint was one of 19 discrimination complaints logged with the federal agency against CBS between March 2015 and October 2016, according to a disclosure the company filed with the city.

The producer also accused the hallowed news show of journalistic ethical violations.

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