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Boris Johnson elected next British PM, party leader
Publisher:  UPI
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:05

Tens of thousands of Conservative Party members voted Tuesday to select Boris Johnson as their leader, and Britain's new prime minister -- defeating Jeremy Hunt in his bid to succeed Theresa May in the post.

Boris Johnson to become next British Prime Minister, after winning Conservative Party leadership ballot
Publisher:  FOXNews
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:05

How Much Trouble Could Mark Sanford Cause Trump In The 2020 GOP Primary?
Publisher:  Features – FiveThirtyEight
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:05

Mark Sanford, the former congressman and governor from South Carolina, is no stranger to criticizing President Trump. In fact, it was arguably his vocal condemnation of the president’s polarizing rhetoric and protectionist tendencies that cost him his House seat in 2018. But that hasn’t deterred Sanford from considering mounting a primary challenge against Trump. In an interview with Charleston’s Post and Courier last week, Sanford said he will take the next month to think through launching a campaign to start “pushing a national debate about America’s mounting debt, deficit and government spending.�

If he runs, Sanford could be a more attractive option to some Republicans than former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who announced his primary challenge to Trump back in April, as Sanford’s fairly conservative record is considerably more in line with the GOP. But considering that Trump has already “defeatedâ€� Sanford once before — Trump endorsed Sanford’s primary opponent in 2018 in a last-minute tweet, and Sanford lost renomination — the issue isn’t as much about whether Sanford could defeat Trump. Rather, the question is: How much trouble could he cause the president in a primary?

The South Carolinian has had a long political career, featuring two different stints in the U.S. House with two terms as governor sandwiched in between. He even weathered a memorable political scandal — he went missing for a few days in 2009 “hiking the Appalachian Trailâ€� when he was, in fact, in Argentina carrying on an extramarital affair — to win political office again. And during his nearly two decades in office, Sanford built a reliably conservative (albeit somewhat moderate) record. According to, Sanford was consistently one of the more conservative members of the Republican Party during his congressional tenure. As a result, Sanford’s views may fall closer to the Republican mainstream than the socially liberal, economically moderate positions that Weld espouses.

Where Sanford is perhaps most in line with the Republican Party is with his stance on fiscal policy — reduce the deficit now — so if he were to run, this issue would be at the center of his presidential bid. On Wednesday, he even released a video in which he expressed his concerns about America’s fiscal future, arguing that people in Washington “have seemingly forgotten that debt, deficits and spending really do matter.â€� And Sanford’s record backs up his rhetoric. As a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Sanford slammed the Trump administration’s budgetary plans for making projections based on “a Goldilocks economyâ€� that he viewed as unrealistically bullish. And as governor, he held the line on government spending, refusing to take money for his state from the 2009 federal stimulus package until the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled against him. In theory, Sanford’s views on fiscal policy could garner him some support in the GOP, but then again, fewer Americans now see reducing the nation’s deficit as a top priority.

One other factor that might encourage Sanford to run is South Carolina’s early position on the presidential primary calendar. The “First in the Southâ€� contest has voted third (behind Iowa and New Hampshire) in the past two Republican contests and would presumably go early once again in 2020 — if the GOP even has a primary there. South Carolina Republicans have said they might not hold a primary in 2020, but Republican Gov. Henry McMaster has said he would support GOP primary if a legitimate challenger to Trump got into the race. Nonetheless, even if Sanford ran and South Carolina held its primary, Trump is quite popular among Republicans in the state — an April poll from Winthrop University found his approval among Republicans and independents who lean Republican to be 79 percent. That might seem low — Gallup has Trump’s approval among Republicans at about 90 percent — but the inclusion of independent GOP leaners probably explains the difference.1

So even if there are some Republican voters who say they oppose Trump or are open to backing a challenger, the percentage who would be willing to support an opponent is too small to seriously threaten Trump’s renomination chances. And that’s because Trump’s approval among Republican primary voters nationally is 85 percent, according to recent data from Morning Consult. Trump is also regularly polling north of 80 percent in head-to-head matchups against Weld. So even if Sanford were a stronger challenger than Weld, it’s hard to see any path to victory — the numbers just aren’t there.

Back in February, we published a “Primary Challenge Success-O-Meter� to rate the danger posed by different types of primary challengers to an incumbent president. Given Trump’s strengths, Sanford would probably be a weak Level 2 challenger, someone who could make a little bit of a splash but never seriously threaten the president’s chances of renomination. Sanford’s goal would probably be to influence the conversation about the future of the GOP, much as Pat Buchanan did during his unsuccessful yet notable challenge to President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 Republican primary.

And arguably, Sanford sees his potential candidacy as about something besides winning. “Sometimes in life you’ve got to say what you’ve got to say, whether there’s an audience or not for that message,� Sanford said in his interview with the Post and Courier, adding, “I feel convicted.�

Tree-planting drones are firing 'seed missiles' into barren ground to combat the climate crisis. I, for one, welcome our new Ent overlords [Interesting]
Publisher:  Fark
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:05

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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson to Become New British Prime Minister
Publisher:  Variety
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:05

Boris Johnson is set to become Britain’s new prime minister, delighting fans of the controversial former mayor of London but dismaying critics who fear that he is intent on pulling the country out of the European Union without a deal in place. Dismissed by detractors as a buffoon, Johnson will take the reins as premier […]

THE IN-STORE CHECKOUT REVOLUTION: How payments companies can take advantage of a $21 billion opportunity
Publisher:  business insider
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:03

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Although there are only a handful of autonomous checkout stores today, the technology has seismic repercussions for in-store retail. These stores, which allow consumers to walk in, grab what they want, and exit without physically checking out, are setting a new standard for convenience in the in-store shopping experience.

Much like card payments improved the experience of fumbling for cash and waiting for change, a checkout-free experience will consistently reduce time and effort: Consumers will be able to pay automatically after identifying themselves via a profile with a preselected payment method.

As the number of autonomous checkout stores grows, early adopters will begin to feel burdened when they have to shop any other way. In time, that customer demand could set off a virtuous cycle, pushing more stores to adopt autonomous checkout.

Payments companies must take autonomous checkout and its rise seriously because it impacts not only the payment process, but also how consumers make payment decisions. With most autonomous checkout formats, consumers will enter payment information before entering a store to complete a profile, and they may default to that same option for each subsequent visit.

Meanwhile, the technology threatens to eliminate or lessen the importance of payment technologies like point-of-sale (POS) terminals. Combined, these changes will significantly alter payments companies' business in-store, meriting the technology and its development special attention. And by investing in the technology early, payments companies can build valuable first-mover advantages. 

In The In-Store Checkout Revolution, Business Insider Intelligence forecasts the expansion of autonomous checkout stores and their payments volume over the next five years and looks at the payment flows for the two types of autonomous checkout experiences.

We also determine the three approaches payments companies can take to enter the industry, examining the pros and cons of each, and evaluate the major autonomous checkout players that firms should consider mimicking, partnering with, or acquiring. Finally, we cover some best practices for finding success in the developing space.

The companies mentioned in this report are: Amazon and Amazon Go, Standard Cognition,, PayPal, Ingenico, NCR, BingoBox, Zippin, AiFi, Trigo Vision, Shufersal, Zabka, Carrefour, Valora, PALTAC, Walmart, and Caper.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • The number of stores with autonomous checkout is set to rise from 350 in 2018 to 10,000 by 2024, with their payment volume positioned to jump from under $70 million to over $20 billion — and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Adoption of the technology will be driven by the convenience it offers consumers, the savings and revenue it brings retailers, and the technology's eventual ability to scale.
  • Payments companies should invest in autonomous checkout now — by developing their own solution, partnering with a third-party provider, or acquiring an established player — to entrench themselves in the emerging industry.
  • When evaluating which companies to work with, and how, payments firms should consider each prospect's shopping experience, accepted payment methods, expansion plans, and more.
  • No matter how payments companies enter the space or which providers they choose to work with, they'll need to move quickly and emphasize the importance of communication between all parties involved.

In full, the report:

  • Forecasts the growth and payments volume of autonomous checkout stores.
  • Identifies the key growth drivers behind the projected expansion of autonomous checkout technology.
  • Discusses the two types of autonomous checkout stores and their benefits and drawbacks.
  • Considers the strengths and weaknesses of the three methods companies can use to get involved in autonomous checkout.
  • Examines the major players in the space and their technologies.
  • Covers best practices companies interested in getting into the industry should keep in mind.

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The choice is yours. But however you decide to acquire this report, you've given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the rise of autonomous checkout.

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The Most Important Packers: Davante Adams Is A Bad, Bad Man
Publisher:  Forbes Real Time
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:03

Green Bay Packers' wide receiver Davante Adams is coming off one of the finest years by a wideout in team history.

Soundcore Life 2 gift set on sale for under £50 on Amazon
Publisher:  Mashable
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:02


TL;DR: The limited edition Soundcore Life 2 gift set is on sale for just £49.99, saving you £56 on list price.

Purchasing a new set of headphones is an exciting process. First you peruse the options, then pick your favourite model, and finally choose a design that works for you. It's all fun and games, until reality hits.

The sad fact is that you'll almost definitely need a bunch of accessories to go with your headphones, and it's not so much fun picking a charger or travel case. That's why it's great to get everything you need in one bundle or gift set.

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Mueller’s investigation did nothing to stop the next Russian attack: Cybersecurity expert
Publisher:  Raw Story
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:01

The special counsel investigation of Russian election interference accomplished almost nothing to prevent further attacks on U.S. democracy, according to a cybersecurity expert. Robert Mueller’s investigation resulted in convictions for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, along with former national security adviser Mike Flynn and others, but the former FBI […]

The fight to become Britain's next prime minister
Publisher:  Newsvine
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:01

Boris Johnson is expected to win the race to be Britain's next Prime Minister. The panel discusses Johnson and a new Financial Times column on 'Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Lessons From the 1930s.'

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