News Feeds

Pelosi says House Democrats are looking at legislation to protect personal data in reproductive apps and other actions post-Roe v. Wade

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:08pm  |  Clusterstock
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlined her party's early legislative response to Roe v. Wade being overturned.
  • Pelosi said the party will look at protecting sensitive reproductive health data and the right to travel.
  • She also wants to try to codify Roe into law, but previous efforts to do so have failed.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday outlined House Democrats' legislative response to Roe v. Wade being overturned, saying her party is looking at codifying a federal right to an abortion.

Pelosi outlined three areas that House Democrats are examining just days after the Supreme Court gutted federal abortion rights, overturning nearly over a half-century of precedent. These are: protecting sensitive data on reproductive health apps, making it clear that states cannot stop people from traveling to seek an abortion, and once again trying to pass a federal law guaranteeing a right to an abortion.

"While this extremist Supreme Court works to punish and control the American people, Democrats must continue our fight to expand freedom in America," Pelosi wrote in a letter to her Democratic colleagues. "Doing so is foundational to our oath of office and our fidelity to the Constitution."

Pelosi does not outline the specific legislation under consideration, but some lawmakers already introduced bills on the topic. Rep. Sara Jacobs, a Democrat from California, introduced the "My Body, My Data Act" on June 2, which would task the Federal Trade Commission with enforcing a national privacy standard for period-tracking apps. A companion Senate bill has 11 lawmakers lined up behind it, but crucially, there are not yet any Senate Republicans that support it.

Period tracking apps themselves have taken steps to try to protect user data, Insider previously reported.

The lack of Republican support is vitally critical to any legislative action passing. The Senate filibuster effectively requires almost all legislation, including abortion rights, to have 60 votes. This means that Senate Democrats need to unanimously support any measure in addition to attracting 10 GOP senators into the fold. 

It's not a given that Democrats will unanimously line up behind abortion rights either. Sen. Joe Manchin, a central from West Virginia, thought that the party's bill to guarantee federal abortion rights, The Women's Health Protection Act, went too far. He joined almost all Senate Republicans in opposing it in May.

Last week's Supreme Court decision doesn't make abortion illegal nationwide. Rather, the court ruled that states can now step in to determine what restrictions to impose, with at least eight states now having abortion bans three days after the ruling. Some Republican state lawmakers have made clear that they are not content with just effectively banning the procedure within their own borders. 

In Missouri, state Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, who helped author the state's "trigger ban" without exceptions for rape and incest, has also pushed legislation that would allow private individuals to sue Missouri residents if they go outside of the state to get an abortion. 

Coleman wants to stop what she calls "abortion tourism."

"It's one of those phrases that really describes what I think we're going to be seeing and certainly what we have already started to see, which is states that are really catering to providing abortions to residents of states that have no abortion access," Coleman told NPR. "And so there's a direct targeting that's taking place into pro-life states."

Read the original article on Business Insider

Will IVF and birth control be affected by Roe v. Wade SCOTUS decision? Experts warn these reproduction options might be at risk next.

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 4:56pm  |  Clusterstock
Abortion rights demonstrators hold signs outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., United States on June 24, 2022
  • Experts told Insider that with Roe v. Wade being overturned, other private reproductive health procedures could be at risk. 
  • Lawyers and reproductive health doctors said IVF, contraception, and miscarriage management could be under fire next. 
  • "Removing our protection to the right to abortion will just open the floodgates for people to be criminalized for their behavior during pregnancy," one expert said. 

Legal and medical experts told Insider that private reproductive health decisions other than abortion could be at risk following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization on Friday. 

Friday's opinion — penned by conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito — overturned the decision set in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that granted women the federal right to an abortion.

Alito's opinion refutes a precedent set in Griswold v. Connecticut — the same precedent used to help decide Roe — that there is an implicit right to privacy in the Bill of Rights, and the choice to have an abortion falls within those rights.

While Alito says in the opinion that other privacy decisions like same-sex and interracial marriage would not be affected by overturning the Roe v. Wade decision, a concurring opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas called for the court to reconsider rulings in some cases.

Legal experts and reproductive health doctors, who Insider spoke to before Friday's ruling but after a draft of the opinion was leaked in May, said that private reproductive health decisions like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and contraception could still be affected. 

"It really looks at the fact that there wasn't — in his opinion —  a history of abortion and therefore that is Roe is wrongly decided," Seema Mohapatra, a law professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, told Insider. "But there are a lot of rights that there aren't a history or tradition because women and people of color couldn't vote." 

Doctors say IVF could be at risk if fetuses are given rights at the point of fertilization

As the US awaited a decision from the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade, "personhood" bills have started to arise in some states.

Pennsylvania and Louisiana have already introduced personhood bills that would give rights to a fetus, starting at the point of fertilization.

Mohapatra told Insider that some lawmakers are carving out exceptions for IVF and assisted reproduction in their personhood bills, even though it is not consistent with their belief that life begins at conception. She said this makes the line on what would be legal blurry.

When undergoing IVF, fertilization happens outside of the body, and doctors often create multiple embryos before choosing some to implant into a woman's body. Those not implanted are usually discarded. 

"We shouldn't be using a philosophical definition as a legal definition," Dr. Stephanie Gustin, a reproductive, endocrinology, and infertility specialist based in Omaha, Nebraska, told Insider of bills defining personhood at the time of fertilization.

Gustin said, citing historical success rates after transferring fertilized eggs, that less than 20% of fertilized eggs will result in a live birth and that while fertilization happens 70-85% of the time — in the setting of IVF — only a fraction of those embryos are capable of developing into a pregnancy.

She said, citing further data from multiple studies, that the percentage of chromosomally normal embryos varies based upon a patient's history, age, and diagnosis, whereby a woman may produce five to six embryos, but may only have a small percentage that are chromosomally normal. Of those select few, only 50-70% of those "normal" embryos will result in a live birth.

Natalie Crawford, MD Fertility Physician at Fora Fertility in Austin, Texas, told Insider that because the Roe decision predates IVF, overturning it puts technology at risk.

"We are specifically worried that 'personhood' bills — those that define life at fertilization, may make aspects of reproductive technology illegal — such as fertilizing eggs, growing embryos in the lab, genetically testing embryos, freezing embryos, thawing embryos, and discarding embryos," she said. "This will place restrictions on IVF either making it illegal or less effective, less safe, and less accessible."

Miscarriage medications and birth control could also be restricted, experts said

Medications used to treat miscarriages are also at risk of being restricted, Heather Shumaker, Director of State Abortion Access at the National Women's Law Center, said, because the most common drugs prescribed to a woman who has either miscarried or had an ectopic pregnancy are the same ones used to treat women who have just had an abortion. 

Pro-choice activists protest during a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on May 3, 2022 in Washington, DC.

NPR recently reported that in Texas, it is already increasingly difficult to get methotrexate and misoprostol at the pharmacy. The drugs, which are each described as an "abortion-inducing drug" in a law that went into effect last year, are recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for use after a miscarriage.

"I don't know that any anti-abortion lawmaker is going to come out and say 'We're going after miscarriage management next,' because that would be wildly unpopular, but we could see these policies having implications on miscarriage management," Shumaker said. 

Overturning Roe could also threaten access to contraception, or at least certain types, Mohapatra said.

Mohapatra told Insider there could be future restrictions on Plan B and IUDs, which have been mistakenly labeled as abortifacients, or medications that induce abortion.

But Mohapatra said these birth control methods aren't abortifacients, as they do not terminate pregnancies, they only prevent them.

Ultimately, Shumaker said, overturning Roe v. Wade "will put pregnant people under fire."

"The way that removing our protection to the right to abortion will just open the floodgates for people to be criminalized for their behavior during pregnancy," she said. "Whether it's getting treatment for an ectopic pregnancy, whether it's using a substance, a miscarriage — it opens the door for people's pregnancy outcomes to be scrutinized."

Read the original article on Business Insider

Abortion-ban 'trigger laws' with 'very broad language about when life begins' could disrupt procedures like IVF at a time when fertility rates are declining, experts say

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 4:29pm  |  Clusterstock
Eggs are collected from female patients during surgery, which is carried out under general anaesthetic.
  • Several states have introduced legislation that would define "personhood" at the time of conception. 
  • This would mean embryos used for reproductive procedures like IVF could have protected status. 
  • Experts are concerned that the reversal of Roe v. Wade will risk or limit access to assisted fertility.

The reversal of  Roe v. Wade has raised concerns for experts in the fertility industry who worry language in restrictive laws could limit access to various reproductive services. 

While "trigger laws," which were designed to immediately outlaw abortions in 13 states after the  Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v Wade, are going into effect, at least six states have also introduced bills that would ban abortions on the basis of fetal "personhood."

"Some of the language in the laws that have been attempted to be introduced are certainly broad enough to at least raise the question of whether they might limit or prevent the use of IVF,"  Cathy Sakimura, the deputy director and family law director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told Insider. 

In legislation where "personhood" is defined at conception, there isn't a clear distinction between embryos that are discarded in the case of abortion and those that are discarded at fertility clinics during the in vitro fertilization, advocates said. The ambiguity could lead to physicians being charged for a crime.

What 'trigger laws' mean for IVFA person holds up a sign as they join people to protest the Supreme Courts 6-3 decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization at Washington Square Park on June 24, 2022 in New York City.

Dr. Heather Huddleston, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco, told Insider that during IVF, a number of eggs would be fertilized in an effort to create multiple embryos because physicians know not all eggs fertilized outside the womb may become viable. 

"We want to be able to sort of pick the one that we think has the best chance or give someone multiple attempts at becoming pregnant," Huddleston told Insider. 

She said because IVF is "predicated on this notion of producing excess embryos beyond" what will be transferred to parents, we'd likely see fertility clinics leave states that enact a protected status for those embryos.

"Although most laws are not targeted at IVF  right now, some of them do contain very broad language about when life begins that potentially could impact the use of IVF because it involves the creation of embryos outside of the body," Sakimura told Insider. 

Huddleston said that could mean people travel out of state for IVF and that would put an additional burden on fertility clinics to accommodate more patients. 

She added that the legislation may create a unique issue for lawmakers as they try to balance laws prohibiting the destruction of embryos in cases of abortion and how they handle fertility care. 

"When push comes to shove will those states really want to have laws on the books that make fertility treatment really difficult in their states. It's interesting to watch whether they're going to stick to their guns and say, 'No, you can't destroy any life past the point of fertilization,'" she said. 

Lawmakers have 'a fundamental misunderstanding of biology itself,' expert saysPro-choice signs hang on a police barricade at the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2022.

Traci Keen, the CEO of Mate Fertility, told Insider stricter abortion restrictions could impact everyone's ability to reproduce, as fertility rates are expected to continue to decline, meaning more people could need assistance to reproduce. 

Birth rates and fertility rates have been steadily declining for the past eight years, as Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower previously reported. While the trend is bringing the US in line with high-income countries, the fertility rate in the US is below the replacement rate — producing as many births each year as deaths — of 2.1 births per woman. Experts have predicted the decline could lead to a delayed baby boom.

Keen said she's concerned by some of the language in trigger laws that misuse medical terminology.

"Not to be overly inflammatory, but I think the people making these laws have a fundamental misunderstanding of biology itself, which makes me have an even greater level of concern for the ancillary effects over overturning," Roe v. Wade, Keen said. 

Cathryn Oakley, of the Human Rights Campaign, told Insider that while overturning Roe v. Wade may be seen as an abortion issue, the unintended consequences would prohibit the creation of life for those who want to have a child of their own. It's not just women who invest lots of time, money, and energy into IVF and surrogacy, but gay men and others who can't reproduce on their own, she said. 

"There are lots of ups and downs in the process of trying to conceive a baby. This is true for same-sex couples. It's true for different-sex couples. It's true for anybody who's trying to get pregnant. There are lots of disappointments," she said, emphasizing that these laws would make this process even more difficult. 

Read the original article on Business Insider

30 years after WWE's first female referee accused Vince McMahon of raping her, an ex-wrestler has claimed it's true

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 4:28pm  |  Clusterstock
Vince McMahon.
  • Rita Chatterton, the WWE's first female referee, accused Vince McMahon in 1992 of raping her.
  • An ex-pro wrestler said in a New York magazine story that Chatterton's allegation was true.
  • McMahon recently stepped away from his CEO role amid an inquiry into separate misconduct claims.

A former wrestler said an allegation made by the WWE's first female referee — who accused Vince McMahon, the organization's former CEO, of raping her in 1986 — was true.

Leonard Inzitari, the ex-wrestler whose in-ring name was Mario Mancini, said the allegation made by Rita Chatterton was true. He made the claim to the journalist Abe Riesman in a story published by New York magazine Monday. Riesman is writing a book about McMahon called "Ringmaster," which is set to be released in March.

It's the first time a wrestler has backed up Chatterton's accusation.

Chatterton came forward publicly with the accusation in 1992, alleging that McMahon raped her in his limo in 1986. She declined to press charges, and the statute of limitations for rape had passed at the time, Riesman reported.

Inzitari said in the New York magazine story that Chatterton confided in him in 1986. Before a WWF show (WWE was known as the World Wrestling Federation at the time), Chatterton "burst out in tears" in front of Inzitari, he said.

He said Chatterton told him McMahon "took his penis out" and "forced my head down there." He added that she told him McMahon then "pulled me on top of him," forced off her jeans, and was then "inside her."

WWE did not respond to a request for comment from Insider on behalf of the company or McMahon.

McMahon's lawyer Jerry McDevitt did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider on McMahon's behalf. Inzitari declined to comment to Insider. 

"He was willing to take the case, but he knew it would be an uphill battle," Chatterton told Riesman, referring to a lawyer she contacted. "It came down that it was my word against McMahon's, because I took a shower and didn't go to the hospital."

She added: "I was scared. He was powerful. It was gonna be him over me."

Chatterton had made her claim public on "The Geraldo Rivera Show." The WWF didn't comment at the time on the allegation, but McMahon called the accusation false in a lawsuit, Riesman reported.

McMahon and his wife, Linda, sued Chatterton, Rivera, and members of Rivera's production team after the interview aired, alleging that the defendants were part of a conspiracy to inflict "severe emotional distress" on the McMahons with "the fabrication of a false accusation of rape." The lawsuit was eventually dropped, Riesman reported.

McMahon recently voluntarily stepped away from his role as WWE's chief executive and chair amid a special committee of the company board's investigation into separate misconduct claims made against him and the company's head of talent relations.

"I have pledged my complete cooperation to the investigation by the Special Committee, and I will do everything possible to support the investigation," McMahon said in a statement released by WWE. "I have also pledged to accept the findings and outcome of the investigation, whatever they are."

McMahon continues to oversee the company's creative content. His daughter and WWE's brand chief, Stephanie McMahon, stepped in as interim CEO and chair.

The Wall Street Journal first reported earlier this month that WWE's board was investigating payments McMahon made to former female employees, some of whom had accused McMahon and the head of talent relations of misconduct. The payments prohibited them from speaking out about the agreements, The Journal reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry started in April after the board received a tip about a $3 million payment to a former female paralegal that McMahon was accused of having an affair with, The Journal reported.

A WWE spokesperson told The Journal that McMahon's relationship with the former paralegal was consensual. McDevitt, his attorney, told The Journal the paralegal hadn't claimed any harassment against McMahon and that "WWE did not pay any monies" to her.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Ford built an absurdly fast electric van with more horsepower than a Bugatti — see the super-cool SuperVan

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 4:15pm  |  Clusterstock
The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.
  • Ford unveiled a ridiculously powerful van called the SuperVan. 
  • It's Ford's fourth SuperVan, but its first all-electric one. 
  • The SuperVan is supercar quick. It can hit 60 mph in under two seconds. 
Think same-day delivery is fast? Ford's latest van has a thing or two to say about that.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.The automaker this month revealed an outrageously powerful van that's as quick as a supercar.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Meet the Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Promising to blast to 62 mph in less than two seconds, the SuperVan can, theoretically, deliver packages at lightning speed.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.But the van is just a concept and won't go into full-scale production.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Ford has built SuperVans in the past. They're fun, high-performance takes on Ford's commercial vans.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.The first SuperVan was revealed in 1971 with an engine taken from Ford's Le Mans-winning GT40 race car.1971 Ford SuperVan.The Supervan 2 made its debut in 1984.The 1984 Ford SuperVan.The third iteration came in 1994, powered by the same engine as Formula 1 race cars of the time.The 1995 Ford SuperVan.Since performance these days is all about electric motors rather than big gas-guzzling engines, the newest Supervan is all electric.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.It's loosely based on Ford's E-Transit Custom, a battery-powered van Ford is selling outside the US.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.But this one is more about performance than practicality.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Ford used a purpose-built chassis that it says is ready for the race track.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.It also incorporated motorsport-grade brakes and suspension components.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.The SuperVan has four electric motors — one driving each wheel — and produces a ridiculous 1,973 horsepower.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.The $3 million Bugatti Chiron, perhaps the most over-the-top supercar on the market, produces 1,500 horsepower from its 16-cylinder engine.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Ford and its partners gave the SuperVan aerodynamic upgrades like a front splitter and side skirts.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.In back, there's a big spoiler that creates downforce and squishes the SuperVan to the track, optimizing performance.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.The SuperVan's interior is sparse, but not without some comforts. It has a big touchscreen display just like the one in Ford's other electric vehicles like the F-150 Lightning.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Drivers can use the screen to switch between a handful of drive modes catered toward street driving, drag racing, drifting, and more.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Ford's regular vans can send real-time data to fleet managers. Similarly, engineers can tap into the SuperVan from afar to analyze information about lap times and performance.The Ford Pro Electric SuperVan.Read the original article on Business Insider

US stocks fall after choppy session as markets fail to follow up on big weekly rebound

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 4:06pm  |  Clusterstock
Friday's inflation print shocked investors.
  • US stocks finished a choppy session lower on Monday after rebounding sharply last week.
  • Oil prices rose amid efforts by G7 countries to try to cap the price that importers pay for Russian crude.
  • Bitcoin slipped as crypto hedge fund Three Arrow Capital defaulted on a loan.

US stocks finished a choppy session lower on Monday after rebounding sharply last week, while investors look to the final trading days of the second quarter.

Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 5.4%, the S&P 500 gained 6.5%, and the Nasdaq Composite jumped 7.5%. The indexes appeared to carry that positive momentum into early trade on Monday, but they eventually turned lower in a volatile session.

Here's where US indexes stood at 4:00 p.m. on Monday: 

As Moscow defaulted on its sovereign debt for the first time since 1918, G7 leaders discussed a possible price cap on Russian oil as a way to further squeeze Moscow, which is continuing to reap hefty energy revenues. 

Oil shippers are using several tactics to conceal that their crude cargoes are from Russia, including using China's yuan instead of the dollar 

The People's Bank of China is building a yuan reserve with five other nations in collaboration with the Bank for International Settlements, as Beijing continues to challenge the dollar's leadership in global finance.

Amid the bitcoin crash, Coinbase stock fell as much as 11% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the crypto exchange to "Sell" from "Neutral" and set a $45 price target, implying potential downside of 23%.

Elsewhere, cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrow Capital defaulted on a $650 million loan, highlighting liquidity problems in the sector.

Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corporation, the special purpose acquisition company planning to take former president Donald Trump's social media platform public, slid 10% as the company announced subpoenas had been issued for some members of its board

Oil prices rallied, with West Texas Intermediate crude up 1.96% to $109.73 per barrel and Brent crude, the international benchmark, up 1.79% to $115.10. 

Gold dipped 0.32% to $1,824.40 per ounce. The 10-year yield rose 7 basis points to 3.19%. 

Bitcoin slipped 1.92% to $20,850.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Seeking nominations for Insider's CMOs to Watch in 2022

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:52pm  |  Clusterstock
Monica Austin of Calm was a 2021 CMO to Watch.
  • Insider is seeking nominations for its fourth annual list of CMOs to Watch.
  • This list recognizes first-time and newly named top marketers at consumer brands.
  • Submit your nominations via the form below by July 15.

Fresh off revealing its Most Innovative CMOs list, Insider is seeking nominations for its fourth annual list of CMOs to watch, and we want to hear from you.

Unlike our annual list of the Most Innovative CMOs recognizing established top marketers, this list spotlights people who are newly named or first-time marketing chiefs who are bringing fresh perspectives to marketing and helping their companies navigate disruption. Check out last year's list here.

Our selection will be based on nominations as well as our own reporting. We'll consider their past accomplishments, how their brands are disrupting their industries, and changes they're introducing.

Please submit your nominations via this form by 9 a.m. ET July 15. We'll plan to publish the list later in the summer.

Read the original article on Business Insider

WHO official says the more times an individual gets COVID-19, the more likely they are to be 'unlucky' and get 'long COVID'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:47pm  |  Clusterstock
David Nabarro speaks at launch EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, Health at United Nations Headquarters on February 5, 2019.
  • A World Health Organization official said he's worried about people contracting "long COVID."
  • David Nabarro said the more times someone gets COVID-19, the more likely they are to be "unlucky."
  • "It can knock people off their stride for several months," he warned to Sky News. 

A World Health Organization official said on Monday that the more times an individual gets infected with COVID-19, the more likely they are to be "unlucky" and contract long-term health effects from the virus.

"The more times you get it, the more likely you are to be unlucky and end up with long COVID — which is the thing that none of us want because it can be so serious," David Nabarro, a WHO special envoy for COVID-19, told Sky News.

He continued: "It can knock people off their stride for several months."

Long COVID happens someone who gets sick from COVID-19 maintains their symptoms for an extended period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says symptoms could last weeks or months, and even go and come back. 

According to the CDC, people are more likely than others to experience long COVID if they have had a more serious infection, have underlying health issues, are unvaccinated, or experienced multisystem inflammatory syndrome during or after the illness.  

Nabarro said on Monday that the WHO does not believe that the more times an individual gets COVID-19, the more immunity they have against potential future infections because the virus is constantly changing and can "duck past" antibodies from previous infections. 

In the US, the seven-day average of daily new COVID-19 cases has hovered around 100,000 for over a month, according to the latest data from the CDC.

The figures began to plateau in late May after an upswing from nearly 25,000 a day in March. 

Read the original article on Business Insider

Robinhood soars 22% following report that Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX could acquire the brokerage firm

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:43pm  |  Clusterstock
A pop-up kiosk for Robinhood along Wall Street after the company went public.
  • Robinhood stock soared 22% on Monday following a Bloomberg report that said FTX is considering acquiring the brokerage.
  • Sam Bankman-Fried disclosed a 7.6% stake in Robinhood last month and called the company's current valuation "cheap."
  • "We are excited about Robinhood's business prospects and potential ways we could partner with them," Bankman-Fried told Bloomberg.

Robinhood stock popped as much as 22% on Thursday following a Bloomberg report that Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX was exploring a buyout of the brokerage firm.

The merger would be of little surprise given that Bankman-Fried personally disclosed a 7.6% stake in Robinhood last month, calling its current valuation "cheap."

A potential merger between the two would bolster FTX's stock trading aspirations and give the company more scale, as Robinhood has nearly 23 million accounts. A merger would also be a shot in the arm for Robinhood's crypto trading operations, which recently launched a long-awaited wallet feature. 

Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported that FTX is deliberating internally on how to buy Robinhood. No formal offer has been made, and there are no official talks currently underway between Robinhood and FTX.

"We are excited about Robinhood's business prospects and potential ways we could partner with them. That being said, there are no active M&A conversations with Robinhood," Bankman-Fried told Bloomberg. A spokesman for Robinhood declined to comment on the report.

A deal between FTX and Robinhood would require approval from Robinhood co-founders Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, who control more than 50% of the company's voting power, according to filings made with the SEC. 

Depending on the price, a deal could be a quick exit for Tenev and Bhatt, who have experienced a bumpy ride as a public company. After going public in July, Robinhood stock briefly soared 156% before losing more than 90% in value. The stock is down 76% from its IPO price of $38 per share.

Robinhood's valuation of $32 billion at its IPO now stands at a paltry $7 billion thanks to an ongoing decline in the stock market, cryptocurrencies, and waning retail trading activity. 

Read the original article on Business Insider

'Widespread' student-loan forgiveness is already happening, a top Republican lawmaker says — and Biden's plans for further relief are 'a blatant political ploy'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:39pm  |  Clusterstock
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) speaks at a press conference following a conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on March 09, 2021 in Washington, DC.
  • GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx said "widespread" student-loan relief has already been happening.
  • She referenced the payment pause and reforms to forgiveness programs.
  • Biden is likely to announce plans for broad student-loan relief later this summer.

A top Republican lawmaker has once again sounded the alarm on broad student-loan forgiveness — and its potential impact on the coming midterm elections.

On Friday, Rep. Virginia Foxx — the leading Republican on the House education committee — wrote an opinion piece for Fox News slamming President Joe Biden's plans to forgive student debt broadly for federal borrowers.

She wrote that Biden's forthcoming relief should not be the only cause for concern, given that he has already enacted "widespread debt cancellation" in the form of the pandemic pause on student-loan payments and reforms to other forgiveness programs, like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver implemented in October.

"Clearly the administration is doing this behind closed doors because it knows this is not sound fiscal policy or even remotely justified as 'targeted relief,' but rather a blatant political ploy," Foxx wrote. "It's not a stretch to assume they are doing as much as they can to bow to progressives before November."

Foxx added that the payment pause is "a Trojan horse for loan forgiveness" costing taxpayers $150 billion, and she said the reforms to PSLF — a program that forgives student debt for public servants like nonprofit and government workers — to allow previously ineligible payments to qualify is too expansive and would go to "doctors and Georgetown law students."

As Biden inches closer to a decision on student-loan forgiveness for most federal borrowers, Foxx has been far from quiet in her criticisms. Recent reports have suggested Biden is considering $10,000 in debt cancellation for borrowers making under $150,000 a year, and he will likely announce the plan in July or August, closer to when payments are set to resume.

The administration's proposal to cap the relief based on income is likely intended to quell pushback from those like Foxx who argue debt cancellation would go to the wealthy, rather than those who would need it the most. But as Insider has previously reported, an income cap would be quite burdensome to implement, and requiring a borrower to apply for relief or verify their income could shut out low-income borrowers who may not know how to use the system and access those materials.

Some Democratic lawmakers have pushed back on the idea of limiting relief. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently wrote on Twitter that "$10k means tested forgiveness is just enough to anger the people against it *and* the people who need forgiveness the most."

"We can do better," she added.

And while some of Foxx's Republican colleagues have joined her in calling student-loan relief a "bribe" to voters, Democrats like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have said if Biden wants to live up to his campaign pledges and honor what he told his voters, debt cancellation should be next on his agenda.

"One of the hardest things for an elected official to do is demonstrate to people that they can count on that elected official to be on their side," Warren previously said. "Canceling student-loan debt for more than 40 million Americans would persuade a lot of young people that this president is in the fight for them."

Read the original article on Business Insider

'Russia needs to be defeated': Russian socialists in exile say Putin must lose in Ukraine

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:33pm  |  Clusterstock
President Vladimir Putin looks on during the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, on May 9, 2022.
  • Ilya Matveev and Ilya Budraitskis are socialist activists from Russia.
  • They fled the country weeks after the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
  • For the good of Ukraine — and Russia — they argue that Vladimir Putin cannot be allowed to win.

Over coffee in a bustling Eurasian neighborhood full of cafés, bars, delivery drivers on mopeds, and scores of cigarette-smoking hipsters, Ilya Matveev — a democratic socialist and academic — said he had come to terms with the fact that he may have to spend the rest of his life in exile here or in one of the handful of other places currently open to Russian expats.

He also knows that he will be hated — not just by nationalists in the country he fled, but by the victims of a war that he himself opposes.

"How can you create anything besides hatred after what Russia did?" Matveev asked. Maybe the hate won't last forever, but if there ever is peace, there will also be loathing, with memories having been created that will last generations. "If Ukrainians don't like me," he said, "it's perfectly understandable."

In the wake of the Bucha massacre, where dozens of unarmed civilians were executed by Russian forces, and the bombing and killing of more than 600 men, women, and children sheltering in a Mariupol theater, there will be no easy postwar reconciliation.

"I feel a lot of shame," Matveev, in his early 30s and wearing round glasses with clear frames, said in an interview. "Maybe I'm not personally responsible for the war, but when I look at these atrocities — that definitely happened — I'm very ashamed of Russian soldiers, of Russian everything."

Even acknowledging that what Moscow is waging in Ukraine is indeed a "war" is punishable by up to 15 years in prison in Russia. It's why Matveev — an associate dean for international relations at the North-West Academy for Public Administration in St. Petersburg, and a founder of the Openleft.ru socialist website — left a country that he loved for a land he doesn't know. Vladimir Putin's government had long been repressive, jailing and assassinating its opposition, but after the February invasion it became intolerable for liberals, leftists, and anyone else who would not remain silent as their homeland became an international pariah.

"I'm feeling awful because my country is destroyed in every sense possible," Matveev said. Cultural and academic exchanges are a thing of the past, with Russia turning inward on the orders of those at the top, extinguishing hope that an open society could be built from the bottom up. "It's just the destruction of everything."

It's impossible to say how many other Russians are mortified by their country's war on its neighbor. What is known is that there was an uptick in Russians leaving the country this year. Most are not antiwar socialist dissidents but driven by concerns about their economic prospects under a pariah regime.

Even abroad, Russians who spoke to Insider did not always feel comfortable sharing their opinions on the record. Some, after all, may wish to return. Even the outspoken, like Matveev, remain cautious; he asked that his host country not be revealed, wishing to avoid drawing attention to the fact it's hosting anti-Putin activists.

What unites all in the Russian diaspora is that they had the means to leave, something not available to the vast majority of those living under the Putin regime and suffering under sanctions for a war they cannot stop.

A necessary evil

As a leftist and a Russian, Matveev is adamant that the masses are not to blame for a war launched by one man. He takes no pleasure in seeing the pain imposed by broad sanctions that have tanked the economy and indirectly contributed to shortages of things like medicine.

Recognizing the privilege of living abroad, "I'm not going to cheer that," he said.

At the same time, "I cannot even call for the lifting of sanctions," he said, "because I think they can be effective." What hurts the economy also hurts Russia's military-industrial complex, potentially compelling an early end to the war effort in Ukraine.

And Matveev is clear: His country needs to lose.

"Russia needs to be defeated, basically," he said.

On this count, Russia's democratic left finds itself more anti-Moscow than some other socialists in the United States and Western Europe, where the wisdom of Noam Chomsky — the former MIT linguist who argues the US aimed to "draw the Russians into Ukraine" and is now intentionally prolonging the conflict — is sometimes given more airtime than the perspective of those in Kyiv or Moscow.

"Most of the leftists were wrong on this," Matveev said. Chomsky, for example, dismissed concerns about an imminent invasion as an "annual media event," an argument echoed by his anti-imperialist fellow travelers. "And they are still wrong on this," Matveev continued, "because they cannot understand Russian imperialism. They don't understand there is imperialism outside the West. They just reject this idea."

This manifests itself in demands that Ukraine, viewed as a mere proxy for US power, be made to effectively surrender in order to stop the war. But ceding territory and laying down arms at this point means "ethnic cleansing," Matveev said — the elimination of any shred of Ukrainian identity in lands seized by Russian forces. For Ukrainians, the fight is existential, "a nightmare scenario"; on the other hand, he said, "the worst thing that will happen for Russia is that it just goes back to its borders."

Confused and in exile

Openly agitating against the government is not possible in today's Russia. That, in some ways, has eased some Russians' transition to the opposition abroad. There, at least, they can write and publish what they really thinks.

Until recently, Ilya Budraitskis, a stocky, left-wing political writer in his 40s, was based in Moscow. In 2015, in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin's support for armed insurrection in east Ukraine, he warned the left abroad that his country was as imperialist as Washington.

Even so, "I didn't believe until the last moment that this invasion was possible, because it was clear that it's such a stupid plan," he said, speaking to Insider thousands of miles from home in a location that he asked not be named.

Budraitskis like Matveev has joined the Russian diaspora. As with the invasion he did not see coming, he's still coming to terms with his new reality and the possibility he will never go back to the place he was born.

"Little bit confused," he said, repeating the words to himself, of his new life as an expatriate, one where he still faces the brunt of sanctions in the form of banks being hesitant to open an account for him. He blames the lack of any dissenting voices around Putin for the quagmire in Ukraine that also served to push him and others out of Russia.

"One old man is the only powerful political institution," he said. "The system is this man, and no one around him is [able] to balance his decisions in any way."

The point of propaganda in modern Russia, he argued, is not to rally people behind a government whose actions they cannot influence. It's more "psychotherapy," Budraitskis explained — a state-sponsored coping mechanism, minimizing cognitive dissonance by fashioning reality to something more bearable, so at least the masses have a rationale to help them sleep at night.

There is, indeed, not much else that a Russian can do within Russia other than to keep their head down and try to improve their own life (although resistance persists: someone has been setting fire to military-recruitment offices).

"People sort of feel — and it is proved to them by their material conditions — that they cannot do anything. Whatever they do, wherever they go, if they try to protest and do something, to organize or whatever, it doesn't really work," Budraitskis said. Especially in more remote regions of the country, far from Moscow and St. Petersburg, there are few prospects and less hope.

"And these people, they're not so much supportive of either Putin or the war. It's just their practice, their everyday life, that tells them nothing is going to change — and they've never seen any change in their lives," Budraitskis said.

He's skeptical of economy-wide sanctions, not seeing the pain inflicted on those Russians as contributing to the end of a war. But he does believe that for the sake of Ukraine as well as his own country — and for others who fear they are targets for Russian expansionism — there can be no victory for Moscow.

"To end the regime," he said, "there should be some defeat."

Have a news tip? Email this reporter: cdavis@insider.com

Read the original article on Business Insider

The grocery store worker accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani 'merely patted' him, the man's lawyers said

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:19pm  |  Clusterstock
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • The supermarket worker accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani "merely patted" the former New York City mayor, the man's lawyers said.
  • Giuliani accused Daniel Gill, 39, of slapping him on the back at a ShopRite in Staten Island, New York, on Sunday.
  • The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Gill, alleged Giuliani had overblown the incident. 

The supermarket worker accused of assaulting Rudy Giuliani "merely patted" the former New York City mayor, the man's lawyers said on Monday as they said the charges against their client were overblown. 

The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Daniel Gill, a 39-year-old store associate at a ShopRite in Staten Island, New York, said that Giuliani had exaggerated the incident. 

"The charges facing Daniel Gill, who has no previous contact with the criminal legal system, are inconsistent with existing law," the organization said in a statement. "Our client merely patted Mr. Giuliani, who sustained nothing remotely resembling physical injuries, without malice to simply get his attention, as the video footage clearly showed."

Gill was arrested on a felony charge of assault in the second degree in connection to the Sunday afternoon incident involving Giuliani at the ShopRite where Gill works, the New York Police Department said. 

Prosecutors later downgraded the charges, and Gill was arraigned on Monday on misdemeanor charges of assault in the third degree, menacing in the third degree, and harassment in the second degree.

Gill — whom the NYPD told Insider has no other prior arrests on his record — was released by a judge without bail. 

Video footage captured the Sunday afternoon incident, showing a man slapping Giuliani on the back before walking away as Giuliani was inside the store getting ready to campaign for his son Andrew, a Republican candidate for New York governor. 

—Ron Filipkowski

Goldman Sachs sees oil prices rising 22% this summer as Europe eyes switch to crude from gas amid Russian supply cutoff

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:15pm  |  Clusterstock
  • Goldman Sachs doubled down on its prediction that oil prices will climb to $140 a barrel this summer.
  • Goldman's commodities research chief told CNBC the "under-investment thesis" is driving his bullishness.
  • "The upside risk on oil and oil products is tremendously high right now," Jeff Currie said.

Goldman Sachs doubled down on its forecast for oil prices hitting $140 per gallon over the summer after crude suffered two consecutive weekly losses for the first time since April.

The bank's chief commodities strategist, Jeff Currie, told CNBC the the recent price pullbacks are a buying opportunity and that under-investment in the space continues to drive the view for oil climbing higher.

"The situation across the energy space is incredibly bullish right now," he said. 

Currie's comments back up a note published by Goldman on June 7 that predicted Brent crude prices will hit $140 per barrel. Oil has surged as much as 50% from the start of 2022 as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has upended global markets and pushed buyers away from Moscow's supply.

On Monday, Brent futures rose 1.56% to $114.88 a barrel, meaning Goldman's forecast represents upside potential of more nearly 22%.

"Investment continues to run from the space at a time it should be coming to the space," Currie told CNBC. "Ultimately, the only way you're solving these problems is through increased investments."

He also pointed to turbulence in the European energy market as Russia has slashed flows of natural gas from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in recent weeks.

"You're going to have to replace that gas, and oil is going to be one of the [things] to replace it with," Currie said. "The upside risk on oil and oil products is tremendously high right now."

Read the original article on Business Insider

The 3 best Genshin Impact wish simulators you can use for free

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:15pm  |  Clusterstock
Wish simulators are a free way to roll for new Genshin Impact characters.
  • You can simulate Genshin Impact wishes online using free simulators.
  • Wish simulators let you roll for new characters and weapons without spending any real money, and include animations directly from the game.
  • Genshin Impact wish simulators aren't affiliated with the actual game, and you can't carry your rewards over.

Genshin Impact is a "gacha" game, a genre of game that lets you spend real money for a chance to unlock random in-game items. These random rolls are called "wishes" — they're both immensely addictive and spark a lot of controversy.

Luckily, you don't need to spend any money to try Genshin Impact's wish system. Instead, you can use one of the several free wish simulators that fans have made and posted online.

Important: None of these simulators are made or acknowledged by miHoYo, the company that makes Genshin Impact. They're entirely for fun, and none of the items or characters you unlock can be used in the real game.

How to simulate Genshin Impact wishes

Most wishes in Genshin Impact are bought using Fates, which you buy using Primogems, which you craft using Genesis Crystals, which you buy using real money. You can earn Primogems by completing in-game missions and exploring too, but if you want to make a lot of wishes, you'll be paying for them eventually.

Most Genshin Impact wish simulators include all of these different currencies, and still make you go through the conversion process. But Genesis Crystals are free, and some let you turn on a setting to earn an unlimited amount of Fates.

There are a few different wish simulators out there. We've got three to recommend — two websites and one app — but they each have their own downsides.

Uzair Ashraf's GI Wish Simulator

This is a basic wish simulator built by a single programmer named Uzair Ashraf. It gives you an unlimited amount of Fates, which means an unlimited amount of wishes.

Every event banner has a “five star” character, which is the rarest of the pack.

At the top of the screen, you can choose what type of wish you want to make — you can choose between a Beginners' Wish, an Event Wish, a Weapon Event Wish, and a Standard Wish. Click the Wish buttons in the bottom-right to make your rolls.

On the other side of the screen, you can click Inventory to see everything you've unlocked (and how much it would have cost in real money), or Details for an explanation of how the odds on that wish work. Click Settings to reset your inventory or pick a different Event Wish.

The biggest downside with Ashraf's simulator is that it's outdated. The latest Event Wish available is from 2021, and it doesn't seem like there's any plans to update it with newer items or characters. It also isn't as pretty as the other simulators.

But if you're just looking for a quick way to get your wishing fix, Ashraf's simulator is a great option.

WishSimulator.App

WishSimulator.App is the most popular wish simulator website, and for good reason. It always stays updated with the latest banner events, lets you realistically "buy" and convert different Genshin currencies, and has animations taken straight from the game.

The results of ten wishes on the WishSimulator.App website.

It also uses the same "pity system" as Genshin, meaning that the longer you go without pulling a rare item or character, the higher chance you have of earning one in your next pull. You can check your current pity rates by clicking History in the bottom-right. You can also click Details on any of the wish banners to see a page explaining how that wish's odds work.

Just like Ushraf's simulator, WishSimulator.App offers the four major kinds of wishes. Clicking the X icon next your currencies in the top-right lets you pick which event wish banner you want to pull from.

Click Inventory to see everything you've unlocked, and Shop to buy more Genesis Crystals. The shop says they cost actual money, but don't worry — you pay for them using an "UnReal Wallet" that never runs out of imaginary money.

You've got an unlimited amount of money in your UnReal Wallet.

Quick tip: If you don't feel like dealing with all the different currencies, click the question mark icon in the top-left, and then switch the Unlimited Fates setting to Yes.

WishSimulator.App's biggest downside is the ads. When you open the site, you'll be greeted with at least one annoying pop-up ad. They're not hard to close, but they're aggravating. If you're going to use the site a lot, we recommend installing an ad-blocker first.

WishSimulator.App is the best Genshin wish simulator website, as long as you can avoid the ads.

Saihou's Wish Simulator for Genshin

This is an Android app that's totally free, and has no ads. It's the best parts of the other two simulators, and the sole downside is that it's only available on Android.

Just like WishSimulator.App, Saihou's Simulator includes realistic pity rates and animations from the actual game. It also includes every event banner, which you can easily pick between by scrolling through the list at the top of the screen. 

You’ll see how many weapons you’ve unlocked, and each specific character.

When you select one, you'll see what you've unlocked from it already. Tap the i icon to see how much you've "spent," and the question mark icon to see your pity rates.

Tap the Settings button to check out everything you've unlocked from every banner, and choose a Custom Wish Amount if you don't like the preset options. Tapping Advanced Settings gives you access to a dark mode, and also lets you enable ads if you want to support the developer.

If you have an Android device, Saihou's Wish Simulator is the best simulator available.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Seeking nominations for Insider's first Climate Action 30 list

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:13pm  |  Clusterstock
Tell us about someone who you believe is doing some of the most impactful or promising work to tackle the global climate crisis.
  • Insider's first Climate Action 30 list will spotlight today's most impactful climate leaders.
  • We're looking for top global activists, business leaders, scientists, artists, community leaders, academics, politicians, influencers, and others who are working toward climate solutions. 
  • Submit your nominations below by July 22, 2022.

We're seeking nominations for Insider's first Climate Action 30, which identifies the top 30 global leaders working toward climate solutions.

Aligning with Climate Week 2022, Insider's Climate Action 30 will give our honorees a platform to issue their own call to action to our readers. 

What we're looking for

Tell us about someone who you believe is doing some of the most impactful or promising work to tackle the global climate crisis. This could be a scientist or academic, an activist, a business leader, someone from an NGO, a private-sector executive, an influencer, an artist, a politician or a policymaker, among others.

Nominees can be located anywhere in the world. Self-nominations are also welcome. 

How we judge 

Nominee short lists will be shared with our team of reporters, editors, and expert judges who will select the final 30 changemakers. 

Please submit your nominee via the below form or open it here

The deadline for submissions is July 22.

 

 

 

 

Read the original article on Business Insider

The best Bluetooth keyboards in 2022

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 3:10pm  |  Clusterstock

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Standard wireless keyboards help eliminate desk clutter, but they require a USB radio receiver plugged into the computer. Bluetooth keyboards don't need this receiver device at all, and can even control your tablet, phone, or smart TV.

The best Bluetooth keyboard balances that wire-free portability with comfortable keys and a smooth typing experience — all without breaking the bank. However, Bluetooth connections can introduce a delay. PC gamers will end up spending significantly more to find a Bluetooth keyboard that doesn't have noticeable input lag.

"Wireless keyboards do tend to be more popular for business professionals due to their ease of use and clean aesthetic, while more intensive users might favor other features and a lower price tag," said Tom Gilmore, Technology Education Coordinator at Free Geek. "... if latency is of concern (like with gaming) then we suggest avoiding Bluetooth keyboards and to stick with wired, unless you go for the high-end wireless options."

While not the best for gaming, Bluetooth keyboards are ideal for anything from writing a novel on a tablet to searching Netflix on a smart TV. We researched options in several different categories based on expert guidance and personal expertise, and then spent weeks typing on nine of the top-ranked Bluetooth keyboards. Here's what we found.

These are the best Bluetooth keyboards in 2022:

Best Bluetooth keyboard overall: Logitech MX Keys, $119.99 on Amazon
Logitech's MX Keys is a complete Bluetooth keyboard that's ready for use on many different devices, including support for both Windows and Mac computers.

Best mechanical Bluetooth keyboard: Logitech G915 TKL, $185 on Amazon
With a speedy proprietary wireless connection, the Logitech G915 TKL is best for gamers who can't rely on normal Bluetooth for unplugged speed.

Best full-size Bluetooth keyboard: Razer Pro Type, $139.99 at GameStop
The Razer Pro Type is a mechanical keyboard that's specifically-designed to help clear computer wire clutter.

Best budget Bluetooth keyboard: Logitech K380, $29.99 on Amazon
Affordable and compact, the Logitech K380 is best for anyone who wants a portable keyboard small enough to drop into a light laptop bag for little cash.

Best Bluetooth keyboard overall

The Logitech MX Keys is a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's versatile enough for many different uses and platforms, including both Windows and Mac.

  • Keyboard size: Full size
  • Key type: Scissor switch with rounded indent
  • Backlighting: Yes, white
  • Battery life: 10 days
  • Extra features: Extra macro and media keys, pair up to three devices

The Logitech MX Keys is a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's large enough for desk use, but thin enough to do off-desk typing, too. It's a comfortable, well-built keyboard that feels like it should cost more.

The MX Keys uses scissor switches and low-profile keycaps with finger-sized imprints for comfortable typing. With the body built from one piece of metal, the keyboard feels like we pulled the keys off a MacBook and put them into a full-sized keyboard with a comfortable slant. Backlighting that senses your fingers helps stretch the battery life, which Logitech says can hit 10 days.

The MX Keys comes with labels for both Windows and Mac machines, but the keyboard also works with iOS and Android. The keyboard can remember three devices, so you can easily switch back and forth between your laptop, tablet, and smartphone. While the full-sized keyboard isn't going to tuck into a backpack easily, the thin design means it will easily jump from room to room in your home.

Best mechanical Bluetooth keyboard

The Logitech G915 TKL has a satisfying, clicky feel without being bogged down by limited battery life or bulky size.

  • Keyboard size: Tenkeyless
  • Key type: Mechanical Low Profile GL Tactile Key Switches
  • Backlighting: Yes, custom RGB
  • Battery life: 40 hours
  • Extra features: Shortcuts for brightness and connectivity

The G915 TKL is a mechanical keyboard, but it uses low-profile keys and has enough battery to last through most workweeks. The keyboard feels like a cross between the thin keys of a MacBook and the thicker ones typical of mechanical models. We tested the White key version, which has a pleasing, clicky feel but isn't terribly loud. It also includes a scroll wheel, dedicated media keys, and other macro keys. That's all housed on a brushed metal body that looks appealing and feels made to last.

With a 40 hour battery life rating, we can use the Logitech G915 TKL for several workdays without recharging. We even went on vacation with the keyboard in sleep mode, and it still had power two weeks later. While 40 hours isn't a long battery life compared to membrane keyboards, mechanical keyboards are power hungry and others have even shorter use times. A battery life indicator is visible right from the top of the keyboard.

The low profile keys along with the Bluetooth and wireless technology make the G915 TKL a mechanical keyboard that's easier to transport and more responsive than most. The trade-off is that it's expensive. Wired keyboards may offer more for less, but of course require the cord and won't work with mobile devices.

Best full-size Bluetooth keyboard

The Razer Pro Type is a mechanical keyboard that's designed for professionals first — not gamers.

  • Keyboard size: Full size
  • Key type: Mechanical Razer Orange
  • Backlighting: Yes, white
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours
  • Extra features: Macro keys including media controls, connect up to four devices

Mechanical keyboard purists may not love the thinner keys of the Logitech G915 TKL. For the heft of a chunky mechanical key without the cord, the Razer Pro Type is the best option.  This mechanical keyboard was designed for professionals rather than gaming with a beautiful white-and-silver design. With white backlighting, the Razer Pro Type offers the cleaner look of a laptop keyboard but with all the feel of mechanical keys. While we prefer the G915 for its low profile keys and longer battery life, the thicker keys of the Razer Pro Type feel more like a true mechanical keyboard.

The large keys are more tactile than most thin Bluetooth keyboard keys and produce a satisfying click with each press. Being a full-size keyboard, this one has the extra number pad, though the function row doubles as Windows media keys instead of dedicated macros.

While the Razer Pro Type looks and feels great, mechanical keyboards are power hungry. The keyboard's battery life is only rated for 12 hours. The Logitech G915 TKL is rated for  up to 40 hours of use per charge, but it costs almost twice as much. The G915 also has lower profile keys where the Pro Type  has the more traditional chunky keys of a mechanical keyboard. If you prefer the thicker keyboard or are on a more limited budget, the Pro Type is a safe choice. The Pro Type doesn't come with a wrist pad, however, so that may add to the cost.

Best budget Bluetooth keyboard

Affordable and compact, the Logitech K380 is ideal for those who want a keyboard small enough to slip into a laptop bag without spending a fortune.

  • Keyboard size: 60% compact
  • Key type: Low-profile scissor
  • Backlighting: None
  • Battery life: 24 months
  • Extra features: Labeled for both Mac and PC in one, multiple color options

Retailing for about $40, the Logitech K380 is a compact keyboard that's easy to bring along. Previously our pick for best Bluetooth keyboard overall, the keyboard also has a battery that will last for two years, though that's in part because the keyboard doesn't include backlighting.

The K380 can save up to three devices for easy pairing. The keyboard works with any operating system that supports external keyboards, allowing it to move from a laptop to a tablet and from a PC to an iPhone. The keyboard automatically remaps the keys when switching between operating systems.

The K380's thin profile and 60% design make it easy to toss into a bag. The size may make the keyboard a little less comfortable for long stretches of typing, however. We also don't like that there's no indicator to see whether the Caps Lock is on. If portability isn't important and you want something to type on for eight hours a day, there are better options. But if you're on a tight budget or need a portable option, the Logitech K380 is the best keyboard.

What else we tested

We tested nine Bluetooth keyboards over the course of several weeks. In addition to the options listed above, we also tested these keyboards.

  • Logitech K830 Living Room Keyboard: This media keyboard has a touchpad built in so you can both navigate a smart TV and type without the tedious "typing" on a remote control. It has illuminated keys, which are helpful while you're watching movies in the dark. It's designed for smart TVs, but works with other devices as well.
  • Logitech Ergo K860: This keyboard is both Bluetooth and ergonomic. The curved keyboard design is made to reduce stress on the wrists. The switch to a split key design didn't create as many issues with typing speed and precision as is expected, but there is still an adjustment period. This one could be a good option for cord-haters who have, or want to avoid wrist strain.
  • iClever BK08: This folding keyboard also builds in a touchpad, making it a keyboard and mouse in one. The keys are a little smaller as a result, though, which means the question mark and apostrophe need a Fn key pressed simultaneously, rather than just hitting one key. We had difficulty getting the Bluetooth on this keyboard to connect to our Macbook and iPhone.
  • Zagg Pro Keys with trackpad: If you want the most possible protection, the Zagg is the best option because all sides of the iPad are covered in a durable shell. However, if you pull the keyboard off the Zagg, you also remove the kickstand. We prefer to have case kickstands still attached so we can read or watch movies without the keyboard. 
  • Zagg Pro Keys: The Zag Pro Keys is also available in a version without the touchpad. Selling for $100, this is a more affordable option that still offers protection. The keyboard feels comfortable, but will need to be recharged. Removing the keyboard will also remove the kickstand, but not the protective case.
What to consider when choosing a Bluetooth keyboard

Bluetooth keyboards tend to have a wider variety of features than their corded counterparts. The connectivity means these keyboards aren't just for desktops but can also control your smartphone, tablet, or even smart TV. What you plan to use the keyboard for will impact which one is the best for you.

Size: Do you want to take your Bluetooth keyboard anywhere or will the keyboard mainly stay on your desk or in your living room? Foldable keyboards and compact, 60% keyboards are made to easily tuck into a bag and go anywhere. But they lack some keys and can be uncomfortable to type on long-term. If you don't need the number pad, a tenkeyless or TKL keyboard is a happy medium, offering more comfort while still fitting into a backpack. TKLs also take up less space on a desk, letting you keep your mouse more easily within reach.

Type: Scissor switch keyboards are quieter, more affordable, and have a lower profile. Mechanical keyboards, on the other hand, can offer more tactile and auditory feedback alongside precise actuation that many regular typists love, plus they tend to have greater durability.

Ergonomics: The wrong type of keyboard can cause wrist strain with extended use. Dr. Kevin Weaver, an ergonomics expert certified by the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists and the Oxford Institute and a Clinical Assistant Professor of physical therapy at New York University, suggests typists with larger hands choose a larger keyboard. A wrist pad, contoured keys, and softer scissor switches may also be more comfortable, he says.

Extra features: Many keyboards go beyond the typical QWERTY layout. Some offer media keys — particularly those for smart TVs — or other dedicated macro keys. Others have different shortcuts built in for gaming or more general tasks.

Battery life: Consider how long your Bluetooth keyboard will last without needing to charge again. We suggest looking for batteries that can last longer than a week, though mechanical models will always have battery life measured in hours because of their bigger power draw.

Working from home? Check out our other home office guidesRead the original article on Business Insider

A flash drive containing personal and financial details of a city's half-million residents has been found after a worker in Japan lost it amid a night of drinking

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:59pm  |  Clusterstock
Nate holding a red flash drive in the season two finale of &quotEuphoria.&quot
  • A flash drive containing sensitive data about a Japanese city's residents was briefly lost last week.
  • A city contractor reported the drive missing after he went for drinks and fell asleep in the street.
  • He later found his bag with the drive after returning to the area where it had gone missing.

What once was lost has now been found.

Last week, a contractor working for the Japanese city of Amagasaki, near Osaka, told authorities that he had misplaced a USB flash drive containing sensitive details about the city's 460,000 residents following a night of drinking, according to NHK News.

The worker was employed at a company that was helping the city pay out pandemic aid to hard-hit residents. NHK reported the data was copied without permission and included names, addresses, birthdates, taxes, and welfare benefits information of all the city's residents.

The worker reportedly put the drive containing the data in his bag and went to a restaurant Tuesday evening where he had an unspecified amount of alcohol. He then fell asleep in the street and woke to find his bag and the drive were missing.

After searching on Wednesday, he filed a missing property report and his employer notified authorities about the loss, CNN reported, citing an official statement.

At a press conference Thursday, the city's mayor and other representatives apologized to residents for the breach, CNN reported.

Later that day, the employee returned with police to the area where he thought he lost the bag, and the bag was found, NHK reported Friday.

Read the original article on Business Insider

White House announces that full public tours will resume for the first time since the pandemic

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:50pm  |  Clusterstock
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden hold hands outside of the White House earlier this month.
  • The Bidens will soon reopen the White House to full public tours.
  • The announcement comes as the nation's capital continues to try to resume pre-pandemic norms.
  • Interested Americans can reach out to their local congressional offices for help scheduling a tour.

The White House announced on Monday that public tours will begin operating normally next month, another sign that business in the nation's capital is returning to pre-pandemic norms.

In a statement announcing the move, the White House said it will "closely monitor the COVID-19 situation" and that it "reserves the right to adjust availability" based on future conditions. If everything goes as planned, normal tours will resume Tuesday through Saturday starting on July 19.

Like before the pandemic, interested Americans are encouraged to reach out to their local members of Congress or their state's senators for help with scheduling tours. Requests must be made at least 21 days in advance but no more than 90 days in advance. Congressional tour coordinators could begin submitting requests starting today. Foreigners should reach out to their embassies in Washington. More information can be found here.

The tours have seen some notable changes through the years. The Obamas ended a 40-year ban on taking photos during tours in 2015. 

Elsewhere in Washington, the Capitol Visitor Center reopened in May following the resumption of limited tours of the Capitol in late March.

Read the original article on Business Insider

The CEO of Binance.US shares the thresholds where he bought the bitcoin dip as crypto crashed — and explains why he's bullish on a token called Helium

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:43pm  |  Clusterstock
  • Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder bought bitcoin at $29,000 and $19,000 amid the 70% sell-off this year, according to an interview with Insider.
  • "I continue to buy," Shroder told Insider's Nicholas Carson in an interview last week.
  • Shroder said he is bullish on the Helium token and its incentive to strengthen crypto networks.

Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder is still bullish on bitcoin and recently bought the cryptocurrency amid its more than 70% price decline, according to an interview with Insider's global editor-in-chief Nicholas Carson last week.

Shroder told Carson that he set a trigger to buy bitcoin at $29,000 and $19,000, both of which were executed amid the price decline.

"I continue to buy, I'm continuing my personal investment journey, and obviously I personally and professionally believe in crypto long [term]," Shroder said at the Toronto-based Collision conference, adding that he invests in over 30 different crypto assets.

"The amazing part of crypto is each asset is so unique, and so you can really go down the rabbit hole for different coin and token projects and become passionate believers... and the utility, governance structure, and token economics of one project is so different from the other, so there's a lot of different coin and token projects that I think are really interesting," Shroder said.

Shroder said that one crypto project that he is bullish on for its utility is Helium, which is a blockchain-powered wireless network that uses internet of things devices to send and receive data to and from the internet, and awards users that host device hotspots to the network with tokens.

"I really like Helium because it's basically creating a network and a motivation to make a network stronger through cryptocurrency. So incentivizing people to go find dead spots where there are people that need network connectivity for your internet of things and perhaps in the future your phone, that's amazing," Shroder said. 

Helium has a current market value of about $1.3 billion, and while it may have strong utility that grows over time, it hasn't been spared in the cryptocurrency sell-off that erased $2 trillion in value. After hitting a high of $52.71 in November, Helium prices have since declined 80% to $10.61 today.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Impeaching Clarence Thomas: How Democrats could remove conservative justices

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:32pm  |  Clusterstock
Protestors filled the streets in response to the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade.
  • Democrats have increased calls to remove justices in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
  • Justice Clarence Thomas previously faced calls for impeachment in connection with January 6.
  • Senators have questioned whether Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch lied about their views.

The many controversies and polarizing opinions spilling out of the Supreme Court in recent months have drawn calls for an event not seen in more than two centuries of American history: the impeachment of a sitting justice.

Even before Friday's decision eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion, Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had voiced support for impeaching Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-tenured sitting member of the Supreme Court. At the time, the demands for his removal centered on the revelation of more than two dozen text messages Thomas' wife, Ginni Thomas, exchanged with onetime White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as she sought to help former President Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election.

And those calls intensified after Thomas joined with other justices in the Supreme Court's conservative bloc to overturn Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion. Other justices are now facing similar calls for impeachment amid questions about whether they misled the Senate during their confirmation proceedings about their views on Roe.

"I believe lying under oath is an impeachable offense," Ocasio-Cortez said during a recent interview on NBC's Meet the Press, referring to Trump-appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Indeed, eyebrows lifted on both sides of the aisle after the Kavanaugh and Gorsuch joined in the reversing Roe. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supported Gorsuch's and Kavanaugh's confirmations, said the decision was inconsistent with what the two justices said "in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon."

Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said he "trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v Wade was settled legal precedent, and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans."

In his controversial concurring opinion in the abortion case, Thomas argued the Court should also "reconsider" rulings that established rights to same-sex marriage, access to birth control and gay sex.

Amid nationwide protests and anxiety over the potential rollback of those rights, a petition calling for Thomas' impeachment continued to pick up support. The petition, organized in March by the advocacy group MoveOn, had received more than 300,000 signatures.

Thomas on October 26, 2020.How to impeach a Supreme Court justice

The process of impeaching a Supreme Court justice is identical to the more well-tread procedure for removing a sitting president.

First, the House must draft articles of impeachment. The House then needs only a majority, however slim, to impeach a Supreme Court justice or any other federal judge. But a two-thirds majority is required in the Senate to convict.

Given the current political climate — Democrats have the thinnest majority possible, with a 50-50 Senate — it's almost certain that Thomas wouldn't be removed from his lifetime appointment. Republicans are enjoying a significant ideological majority on the Supreme Court, with six of nine justices.

What would be grounds for impeaching Thomas?

Given Ginni Thomas' texts, some Democrats have noted that in January, Clarence Thomas stood out as the only justice to dissent when the Supreme Court rejected Trump's bid to block the release of some presidential records to the House committee investigating the attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.

Thomas had previously dissented in February 2021 when the Supreme Court turned away election challenges filed by Trump and his political allies. Thomas described the decision to not hear the cases as "baffling" and "inexplicable," saying in dissent that the Supreme Court should have taken the opportunity to provide states with guidance for elections.

Some Democrats in 2019 had clamored for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but no serious impeachment effort in Congress ever materialized.

Samuel Chase in 1811, by the artist John Wesley Jarvis.Federal judicial impeachments are rare

Federal judges, including those on the Supreme Court, have lifetime appointment — their tenures typically ending with retirement or death.

As a Brennan Center for Justice study noted in 2018, the impeachment of federal judges "is rare, and removal is rarer still." The study found that the House had impeached only 15 judges since 1803 — an average of one every 14 years — and only eight of those proceedings resulted in convictions by the Senate.

The history of impeaching a Supreme Court justice requires a more than 200-year reach back into American history.

In 1804, Justice Samuel Chase went down in history as the first — and, so far, only — sitting member of the Supreme Court to be impeached when the House accused him of refusing to dismiss biased jurors and excluding or limiting defense witnesses in a pair of politically sensitive trials.

An official Senate website describes Chase as a "staunch Federalist with a volcanic personality" who "showed no willingness to tone down his bitter partisan rhetoric after Jeffersonian Republicans gained control of Congress in 1801." Then-President Thomas Jefferson backed the impeachment effort.

But in 1805, Chase survived the impeachment proceedings after his legal team — including "several of the nation's most eminent attorneys" — convinced enough senators that the justice's conduct did not warrant removal from the Supreme Court, according to the Senate website. Chase continued serving on the Supreme Court and died in 1811.

In 2010, the Senate voted to convict Thomas Porteous, then a federal judge in New Orleans, after the House impeached him on allegations of bribery and making false statements. Other judges have resigned in the face of threatened impeachment and removal from their lifetime appointments.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, right, and wife Virginia "Ginni" Thomas arrive for a State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House in 2019.A text-message brouhaha

Ginni Thomas' text messages were among the more than 2,000 that Meadows turned over to the special House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. The messages show how eagerly Thomas promoted and pushed to guide Trump's strategy to overturn his 2020 electoral defeat.

In some of the messages, Thomas elevated the conservative lawyer Sidney Powell, who has since faced sanctions over her lead role advancing Trump's baseless claims of election fraud.

"Sounds like Sidney and her team are getting inundated with evidence of fraud. Make a plan. Release the Kraken and save us from the left taking America down," Thomas wrote in a November 2020 text to Meadows.

"Suggestion: You need to buck up your team on the inside, Mark," Thomas wrote in another message. "The lower level insiders are scared, fearful or sending out signals of hopelessness vs an awareness of the existential threat to America right now. You can buck them up, strengthen their spirits."

It is unclear whether the 29 messages — 21 sent by Thomas, eight by Meadows — reflected the extent of their communication.

Justice Thomas faced calls for his retirement or resignation even before his wife's text messages with Meadows became public, as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other media outlets illuminated his wife's political activism.

But the text correspondence brought a new tenor to the pressure on Thomas to step down from the Supreme Court.

In March, Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, wrote in a Twitter post that "Clarence Thomas should be impeached."

Ocasio-Cortez threatened Thomas with impeachment if he refused to resign.

"Clarence Thomas should resign," the New York Democrat wrote on Twitter. "If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment."

Meanwhile, other lawmakers have called for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from cases related to January 6.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the text message correspondence "raises a serious question about conflict of interest for Justice Thomas."

"To think that he would consider a case where his wife is frequently contacting the chief of staff for the president and giving advice on matters that are going to be ultimately litigated by the court," Durbin told reporters on Capitol Hill. "For the good of the court, I think he should recuse himself from those cases."

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, called on Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Capitol-riot investigation and 2024 election because his "conduct on the Supreme Court looks increasingly corrupt."

President Joe Biden, however, declined to call for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from such cases. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it would be up to Thomas to decide whether to recuse himself from cases involving the investigation into January 6, 2021.

In an interview with The Washington Free Beacon, Ginni Thomas said, "Clarence doesn't discuss his work with me, and I don't involve him in my work."

But in a 2011 speech, Clarence Thomas appeared to link his service on the Supreme Court to his wife's political advocacy.

"We love being with each other because we love the same things. We believe in the same things ... We are focused on defending liberty. So I admire her and I love her for that because it keeps me going," Thomas said.

An earlier version of this story was published on Friday, March 25, 2022.

Read the original article on Business Insider


About Value News Network

Value is the only commonality in an increasingly complex, challenging and interdependent world.
Laurance Allen: Editor + Publisher

Connect with Us