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U.K. Tells EU Brexit Trade Deal Needed to Solve Irish Border

By and Robert Hutton November 21, 2017, 1:42 PM EST Updated on November 22, 2017, 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government said working out what happens to the Irish border after Brexit will only be possible once the bloc agrees to discuss a new trade deal, rejecting a demand from the European Union. Brexit Secretary David Davis said it won’t be possible to address the question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland — or to finalize the so-called exit bill — until the terms of future trade between Britain and the EU are clearer. “We now must start talking about our future relationship,” Davis told a conference in London on Tuesday. “The Northern Ireland border cannot be fully addressed if we’re not taking into account the shape of our future partnership with...

Music Journalist Legs McNeil Talks New Book on Charles Manson and the Dark Side of Late-’60s ‘Free Love’

Cult leader and convicted killer Charles Manson, who died on Sunday (Nov. 19) at the age of 83, built his own perverse mythology upon a foundation of occultism, race war conspiracy theories and, ultimately, murder. Yet in spite of his heinous actions, many of the reports surrounding Manson are inaccurate, the result of grotesque folklore being passed down through generations until it was accepted as fact. Music journalist Legs McNeil — who co-authored 1996’s groundbreaking Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk with Gillian McCain — hopes to change that. For 20 years, he and McCain have been working on a book that documents the late-‘60s California music scene and Manson’s role in it, tentatively titled 69 — though McNeil grouses, “We might change the title b...

Merkel Backers Bet on New Grand Coalition to End Impasse

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is betting on a revived alliance with the Social Democrats to dodge the risk of new elections, according to people familiar with discussions in Berlin. While Merkel has publicly stated she’s open to another vote, her backers expect increasing public and political pressure on the SPD to abandon its aversion to a rerun of the “grand coalition,” with the chancellor, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. That alliance of Germany’s two biggest parties underpinned two of Merkel’s three terms, including the last four years. “A grand coalition would mean continuity and stability in Germany and would therefore be desirable,” said Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg. “But the Social Democrats would dem...

Trump Barbs on AT&T-Time Warner Deal Could Fuel Company Defense

President Donald Trump said AT&T Inc.’s merger with Time Warner Inc. would be “not good for the country” on Tuesday, a statement that could raise further questions about whether he’s exerted undue political influence on the Justice Department to block the deal. Trump’s comments on Tuesday amounted to the most explicit description yet of his opinion of the $85 billion merger, which the Justice Department said in a lawsuit Monday would lead to higher bills for consumers and less innovation in the industry. “I’m not going to get involved in litigation but personally I’ve always felt that was a deal that was not good for the country,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. “I think your pricing’s going to go up — I don’t ...

This Egg Bowl might be the nastiest Thanksgiving get-together ever

8:30 AM ET The Iron Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Auburn on Saturday will decide which team wins the SEC West, plays in the SEC championship game and remains in the hunt for one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff. No. 9 Ohio State also will try to keep its CFP hopes alive when it plays at Michigan in the 111th version of “The Game” at The Big House on Saturday. That’s all well and good, but conference titles and CFP scenarios will take a back seat to another instate rivalry when it comes to bad blood, bitterness and downright venom. That’s because when struggling Ole Miss plays No. 14 Mississippi State in Starkville on Thanksgiving night (7:30 ET, ESPN), it’ll be the culmination of a bizarre few months that have included recruiting violat...

WATCH: Burglary suspect slips out of handcuffs and steals car, police say

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Why Tax Reform Might Actually Weaken U.S. Growth

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The case for reforming airport-slot allocation

GULLIVER is back from the 141st Slot Conference in Madrid, a meeting of airlines and airport co-ordinators run by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an airline lobby group. In this week’s issue, he opened the lid on how landing and take-off slots are allocated at congested airports around the world: Instead of letting airports decide who would use their runways and when, the system was designed to have schedules hammered out by committees of airlines. In the 1960s, as growing traffic started to fill up some airports, the committees became a way of parcelling out the most prized slots. Since the 1970s, allocation has been steered in most countries by IATA’s “Worldwide Slot Guidelines”. These state that an airline can keep a given slot from the previous season as long as it ...

Taylor Swift Breaks Into the Top 10 of the Million Sellers Club Again With ‘Reputation’ Debut

It’s Taylor’s second album to join the rare squad. Taylor Swift has broken into a rare club with Reputation, whose 1.216 million albums sold in its first week lands the singer’s latest at No. 10 on the list of albums that have sold more than a million in a week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. The album, which, of course, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 2017’s biggest week for an album this year (1.238 million in equivalent album units earned) is Swift’s fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 tally. At a time when many big stars are happy to move several hundred thousand copies of an album in a week, the feat marks the second time that Swift has broken into the top 10 of the million-sellers crew, putting her into the eve...

FCC Chairman Unveils Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Tuesday morning unveiled a broad plan to repeal the net neutrality rules previously put in place to create equal access to the internet.  Under Pai’s new plan, rules first introduced in 2015 to prevent internet service providers from blocking or throttling online traffic would be undone, and ISPs like AT&T and Verizon would be given the substantial authority to prioritize traffic from certain website.  “For almost twenty years, the internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress,” Pai said in a statement, noting that new rules put in place under President Barack Obama “imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the i...

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