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File under #AdventuresOfTheNewManafort:

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.

Mr Cohen denies the allegation.

The meeting at the White House was last June. Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

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How to Force User to Change Password at Next Login in Linux

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Earth-like planets with severe tilts and orbits could enter abrupt "snowball states," in which entire oceans freeze and surface life cannot survive, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have found a new reason why, just because a planet is located in a "habitable zone" — meaning it's close enough to its host star to sustain liquid water — it isn't necessarily habitable. The team found that the axial tilt and orbital dynamics of planets in the habitable zone around "G dwarf" stars like our own sun can lead to "snowball states," which are essentially extreme ice ages.

This new research looked at how a planet's obliquity, or the angle at which a planet's rotation axis tilts, and its orbital eccentricity, a parameter that determines the amount that an orbit deviates from a perfect circle, could affect that planet's potential to be habitable. [How Habitable Zones Around Stars Work (Infographic)]

Previous research suggested that planets in a habitable zone with a sun-like star that had a severe axial tilt or tilting orbit would be warmer, according to the statement. The team's research found that the opposite holds true, which was quite a shock, they said."We found that planets in the habitable zone could abruptly enter 'snowball' states if the eccentricity or the semi-major axis variations — changes in the distance between a planet and star over an orbit — were large or if the planet's obliquity increased beyond 35 degrees," Russell Deitrick, lead author of the new work and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern who completed this research at UW, said in a statement.

Luckily, Earth's axial tilt varies ever so slightly, leaving Earth "a relatively calm planet, climate-wise," co-author Rory Barnes, an astronomer at UW, said in the statement. But, as it pertains to exoplanets, Deitrick "has essentially shown that ice ages on exoplanets can be much more severe than on Earth, that orbital dynamics can be a major driver of habitability and that the habitable zone is insufficient to characterize a planet's habitability," Barnes said.

A planet's position in the habitable zone is typically a major factor in considering whether it may be habitable. However, this new research shows that even if a planet seems Earth-like and is orbiting at the right distance from its star, if "its orbit and obliquity oscillate like crazy, another planet might be better for follow-up with telescopes of the future," Deitrick said.

With this research in mind, orbital dynamics should be considered an important part of determining a planet's habitability, Deitrick added.

The work will be published in The Astronomical Journal, according to the statement.  

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Rather than opening the economy, embracing new ideas and technologies, and welcoming competition, #Trump has pushed #protectionist gimmicks, currency manipulation and tax cuts aimed at the 1% - an approach that risks walling off the United States from a #globaleconomy racing forward. For all his chest-thumping about low unemployment and stock gains, Trump isn’t getting under the hood of an economy being challenged by nimbler upstarts such as #China, India and #SouthKorea. None of Trump’s policies will increase #US productivity, reduce inequality or pressure executives to raise salaries.

Moreover, none of Trump’s policies seeks to repair crumbling infrastructure, cap runaway government borrowing or stabilize health care markets. Washington isn’t doing much to invest in education, ensure that tech-heavy industries have their pick of global talent or prepare the workforce for the real threats to U.S. workers: automation and artificial intelligence. The jobs Trump seeks to claw back from China - lower-wage manufacturing slots that the workers can’t do competitively because of higher wage and benefit levels - are gone forever. To even try to get them back is futile.


#WorldEconomy #Protectionism #America #Globalisation #GlobalTrade #TradeWars #EconomicRisk #Economy #TradePolicy #InternationalTrade #TradeTariffs #Politics #Geopolitics #InternationalRelations #US
How Trump’s Obsession With China Could Turn America into Japan
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/23/how-trumps-obsession-with-china-could-turn-america-into-japan-218320

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Our immune system is quite powerful but it needs little help which can be provided in the form of these anti-bacterial and anti-microbial foods that fight off the harmful bacteria naturally.

https://health-zone.org/7-foods-that-fight-bacteria-and-kill-germs-naturally/

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LeBron, Cavs facing elimination after Game 5 loss to Celtics https://nyp.st/2KPfNh7

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#Meghan_Markle_wedding: #Victoria_Beckham addresses ‘incredible day’ after ‘miserable’ snaps. #Meghan_Markle and #Prince_Harry’s wedding guest #Victoria #Beckham has revealed what she really thinks of the new Duchess Of Sussex, after she was accused of looking “miserable” at the #Royal_Wedding last weekend alongside her husband #David.
https://youtu.be/E5M36tqaNSU

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Stacey Abrams and the New Democratic Coalition in the South https://nym.ag/2GK0fZy

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Those best bits thankfully include Google Play Music's user uploads, which will carry over to YouTube Music at some point. #News #GooglePlayMusic #YouTubeMusic

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Evolution of brain size in humans is thought to have been born out of necessity to solve a combination of ecological and social challenges. A new study found one type of challenge increased brain size whilst the other decreased it. Can you guess which challenge they claim has which effect?

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A vivid Harrison Lake sunset near Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. The distant mountains are Sasin Peak and Deroche Mountain.

More photos here: https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/harrison-lake-sunset/

#sunsets #landscapes #britishcolumbia

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Progressive Energy Is Sweeping the Country — But Not New York’s Democratic Party https://nym.ag/2IGQL7f

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#Trump’s about-face also comes after days of heavy criticism from lawmakers and economists on both sides of the political spectrum. Democrats and Republicans in Congress alike took issue with the agreement. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said Trump was 'simply getting rolled on trade with #China,' while GOP Sen. Marco Rubio complained that China is 'out-negotiating the administration & winning the trade talks right now.'

Outside of Capitol Hill, trade policy specialists also criticized the agreement. Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who specializes in economic issues, blasted the the limited scope and negotiating tactics used to reach the deal. Even more Trump-friendly trade experts took issue. Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and one-time adviser to Trump on trade issues, said Trump had gone back on campaign promises.


#WorldEconomy #Protectionism #America #Globalisation #GlobalTrade #TradeWars #EconomicRisk #Economy #TradePolicy #InternationalTrade #TradeTariffs #Politics #Geopolitics #InternationalRelations #US
Trump is already backtracking on the China trade agreement, days after celebrating the deal
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-backtrack-china-trade-tariff-list-zte-deal-2018-5/

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#EasyLifestyleHabits You Can Adopt to Lead a Less Hectic Life!

https://floradress.com/easy-lifestyle-habits-stressed-out-girls/

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List of the Most Unhealthy Foods in the World

There is a lot of confusion out there about which foods are healthy, and which are not. Here is a list of 20 foods that are generally very unhealthy.

http://www.thehealthypage.com/25-unhealthiest-foods-on-the-planet/

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By 2020, it will be almost impossible to find a new Samsung product without Bixby. #News #Bixby #Samsung

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Many are not aware that Google Assistant also has 3rd party created apps, which they used to call services. While many of them are useful, some were created just for fun.

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The FBI is trying to spin the story to fit their agent embedded into the Trump campaign , but it doesn't seem to be working . High level mere king today at WH

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I wanted to make an update video to my hands on. Here are some interesting things to know about #OnePlus6 camera
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