Monthly Archives: October 2020

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Trump’s narrowing path to victory runs through two states

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. President Trump stands a minuscule chance of being reelected unless he can carry two states where he now trails in both the polls and the odds on political gaming sites: Pennsylvania and Arizona. “To prevail, he’d need to pull…

Why now was the right time for Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel

I’ve read a lot of analysis by experts and pundits over the past few weeks about why Bahrain chose to normalize relations with Israel. Much of this commentary is well informed, but an equal portion misses the mark. In many ways, the Sept. 15 White House signing ceremony and the Oct. 19 conclusion in Manama of a Joint Communique on…

Apple says iPhone 12 sales are strong despite delays

Apple reported weaker iPhone sales than Wall Street expected for its most recent quarter, but CEO Tim Cook said demand was strong in recent weeks for new models. Overall sales at Apple rose 1% to $64.7 billion for the quarter ended September 30, a little better than analysts forecast. But that included weaker-than-expected iPhone sales of just $26.4 billion, down…

3 big takeaways from Facebook’s latest earnings

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Facebook’s third-quarter earnings revealed that its ad business is alive and well despite a temporary ad boycott by companies hoping to pressure the service to act against hateful posts. Facebook’s revenue grew 22% year-over-year to $21.5 billion, beating analysts’…

Walmart removes guns and ammo from store floors because of potential unrest

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Walmart has temporarily removed all firearms and ammunition displays in its stores because of the potential for social unrest, the company said on Thursday. The move, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was prompted by the possibility of…

It may sound far-fetched, but businesses need to be ready for an election-related disaster

How can leaders prepare for the presidential election resulting in a disaster? That possibility may sound unrealistic to many leaders. Yet it doesn’t sound so far-fetched to many top politicians and experts observing the run-up to the election. With many more mail-in ballots—which are much more vulnerable to legal challenges—than in previous elections, the counting might drag on for many…

Spotify draws fire over Alex Jones’s claims in Joe Rogan podcast

Spotify is drawing heat for a podcast from Joe Rogan in which the popular host discusses conspiracy theories with right-wing rabble-rouser Alex Jones. The service declined to remove the episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” after listeners complained that Jones exaggerated the risks of giving children the polio vaccine and that masks don’t help stop the spread of coronavirus, among…

We don’t know enough about COVID antibodies to count on them

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. One of the biggest outstanding questions about the coronavirus, and one which could well determine the course of the pandemic, is the role that antibodies play in immunity. By now you’ve probably heard plenty about antibodies in the context…

Who is Ryan Smith, new owner of the Utah Jazz?

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. The NBA’s Utah Jazz has been owned for close to 35 years by Utah businessman Larry H. Miller or his family. But in a move that stunned locals, the Miller family announced today that it would sell a controlling…

11 Things You Should Know Before You Get Your First Credit Card

A credit card may seem like just another tool to help you make purchases, but it can be much more. When used responsibly, a credit card can help you build

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

How Is Credit Card Interest Calculated?

So your bank tells you that your credit card has a 15% APR. What does that actually mean? How does your bank calculate your interest rate, and how does that translate into how much you actually pay? …

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

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