Joe Biden: the liberal everyman spoiling for a fight with Trump as 2020 looms

The Democratic field is likely to be swollen but the 75-year-old could represent a likable consensus candidate for both wings of the party Among recent pilgrims to the Arizona ranch of Senator John McCain was Joe Biden. The Republican, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, urged the former vice-president to not walk away…

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Son of a joiner becomes UK’s richest man

He went to Beverley Grammar School, studied chemical engineering at Birmingham University, and got an MBA from London Business School, according to a Financial Times profile. His father, who was a joiner, went on to run a factory that made laboratory furniture, while his mother worked in an accounts office. Mr Ratcliffe’s firm is currently…

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What can you get for 10,000?

Pay for a deposit on a home Sadly, £10,000 won’t get you very far these days if you’re a first-time buyer. At best, it’ll be about half the amount you’ll need for a deposit on a home, but only if you live in the northern part of the country. For Londoners, it represents only one-11th…

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The men arrested at Starbucks are paying it forward big time

(CNN)Two black men whose arrest last month at a Starbucks spurred allegations of racial bias say they’re happy with the settlements they’ve reached with the city of Philadelphia and the company — and that they hope the incident is remembered for positive outcomes such as an anticipated program to encourage young entrepreneurs. Within minutes of…

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Are Democrats finally ready to unfriend Facebook and Silicon Valley? | Thomas Frank

Not so long ago, Barack Obama was drinking in Mark Zuckerbergs psychobabble about bringing the world together Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg came to Washington a few weeks ago to absorb the wrath of a Congress angered by the way his company allowed the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to harvest the personal data of millions of…

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It’s high time to regulate the tech giants | Michael Boskin

As the regulators respond to recent controversies, five issues loom large for the firms Technology and the largest tech firms are becoming increasingly controversial. Today, there are growing concerns about third parties accessing and manipulating Facebook user data; and before that, there was a raging debate about whether the government should be able to unlock…

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Meet the women challenging the gender investment gap

Companies founded by women face bias when raising investment, but new initiatives are sidestepping the boys club to support female founders After leaving their careers on Wall Street in 2012 to become entrepreneurs, Irene Ryabaya and her co-founder Diana Murakhovskaya were expecting to find a more enlightened world. Instead, Ryabaya says, it was worse. I…

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‘Landmark’ 65m store opens at last

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeople in Merthyr Tydfil share their thoughts about the new complex But there were planning and economic issues. Council leader Kevin O’Neill said: “The local authority is thrilled to see Trago open after many years’ anticipation – not just because it’s a fantastic addition to Merthyr Tydfil’s…

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We’re Sugar Babies. This Is What It’s Like.

Sugar dating via sites like Seeking Arrangement is talked about more openly and honestly than ever, with some daters growing a following by sharing their experiences on YouTube and social media. For the unfamiliar, typically in these situations, successful sugar daddies or sugar mamas pay for dates (and often sex) with younger women or men…

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How Facebook ‘likes’ predict race, religion and sexual orientation

(CNN)It’s true: Actions really do speak louder than words, even when you don’t want them to. The whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, explained to CNN how an app the company developed could pull data not only from its users’ profiles but from their entire friend networks. All of the data, we now know, were harvested without Facebook…

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