Biden’s Chance to Challenge China

When it comes to managing relations with China, a nation drawing on centuries of statecraft to inform its strategic designs, president-elect Joe Biden has no better asset than his own political maturity. After a bitter presidential campaign, the new Biden team will be tempted to jettison all of President Donald Trump’s foreign policies. That would be a mistake that Biden is unlikely to make as a longtime veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former vice president who saw his role partly as serving as a foreign affairs tutor to a young commander in chief in Barack Obama.

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people: People wearing face masks watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 2020 in Beijing, China.

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People wearing face masks watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2020 in Beijing, China.

If they don’t know it already, Biden’s top policymakers will quickly learn that the Chinese Communist

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In Monterey Bay, California, scientists grab the chance to study white sharks up close

Growing over six meters (20 feet) long and armed with hundreds of serrated, razor-sharp teeth, white sharks are the world’s largest predatory fish.

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In late summer and fall, up to 250 white sharks congregate in Monterey Bay, off the central Californian coast, to feast on marine mammals — including elephant seals and sea lions — that gather here to breed.

From a shark’s perspective, “think of Monterey Bay as having one of the best fast food restaurants on the planet,” says shark expert and Stanford professor, Barbara Block.

Video: In Monterey Bay, scientists are tagging and tracking white sharks (CNN)

In Monterey Bay, scientists are tagging and tracking white sharks



Block also travels to Monterey Bay because the annual marine mammal “buffet” offers her an ideal opportunity to study the sharks up close. She and her team lure the “curious” sharks alongside

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SpaceX’s next Starship rocket may soar to 15 kilometers this weekend, but Elon Musk says there’s a 2-in-3 chance the flight may fail

a man standing in front of a tall building: SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider

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SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider

  • SpaceX is planning to fly a Starship rocket prototype to its highest altitude yet this weekend, according to road closures and a Notice to Airmen issued for the aerospace company’s launch site in southern Texas. 
  • The spacecraft should fly 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of about 150 meters (492 feet).
  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there was a lot that could go wrong, and gave the rocket a one-in-three chance of landing in one piece.
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This weekend, Elon Musk’s space-exploration company, SpaceX, is poised to take a big step forward in its quest to further revolutionize space travel.


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SpaceX Prepares Starship SN8 For Launch, But Elon Musk Gives 1-in-3 Chance Of Landing Intact


  • Starship prototypes SN5 and SN6 completed short hop tests in earlier this year
  • Elon Musk said a lot of things need to go right with this launch
  • Starship’s orbital launch will not be before 2021

Elon Musk revealed on Tuesday that SpaceX could launch its latest Starship prototype as early as “next week.” 

The Serial Number 8 Starship prototype, also called SN8, has already passed a test firing of its three engines. In its next launch, SpaceX is hoping the rocket will reach an altitude of around 50,000 feet, which would be quite a liftoff considering both the SN5 and SN6 flights only reached 500 feet.

For Musk, the Starship mission has become SpaceX’s main focus, following the successful launch of four astronauts into space in its Crew Dragon capsule earlier this month.

Musk has said that the Starship mission needs to be pushed forward “dramatically and immediately,” 

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After market’s November surge, there may be less of a chance for a big ‘Santa rally’

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.


November’s strong rally may have stolen some of the thunder from a year-end rally.

Promising vaccine news spurred a major rotation in November into cyclical stocks, like industrials and financials – the stocks that will do well in an economic recovery.

The S&P 500 is up more than 11% for the month so far.

“If it’s up more than 10%, it will only be the third time since World War II that November has been up that much,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. “Such a strong November has a tendency to steal from Santa.”

But he said he still expects the market to be higher than its current level at year end even if there is a small so-called Santa Claus rally, and there should be a gain for December. On average, the S&P 500 has

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Deadline to claim your first stimulus check in 2020 is expired. Here’s your last chance to get it


Missed the deadline to claim your stimulus money in 2020? You still have an option left.

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The IRS deadline to register a claim for a missing stimulus payment this year has now expired, but you can still file a request to get your missing check — you just have to wait until 2021 to receive up to $1,200 per qualified adult for the first payment the IRS sent in April.

We’ll show you how to figure out if you’re part of a group that could still be eligible for a full or catch-up payment. This is separate from a potential second stimulus check, which Congress is still weighing as part of another economic stimulus package amid increased pressure to ramp up negotiations and pass a new bill. (If a second check is approved, you might get it faster if you do these things now.)


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There’s a Chance the U.S. Could Ban Locked Phones Next Year

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Late last month, the UK banned carriers from locking smartphones. Now, Wired is reporting that the same thing might happen in the U.S. in 2021, as consumer activists push legislators to do away with some pesky regulations that allow for locked phones in the first place.

The reason for locked smartphones can be traced back to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, more commonly referred to as DMCA. Signed in 1998, it was meant to prevent things like digital piracy but Section 1201 has since been used by carriers as a means of justifying locked phones. Specifically, Section 1201 states that “No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.” Phone carriers ostensibly claim unlocked phones do just that. 

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Some things have since changed. In 2015, it finally became legal for consumers to unlock their phones thanks

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Little chance of 4-to-3 merger in Swedish telecoms market: Telia

FILE PHOTO: Swedish telecommunications group Telia presents Allison Kirkby as new CEO in Stockholm, Sweden October 25, 2019. TT News Agency/Janerik Henriksson via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) – There is little chance of a merger that would cut the number of mobile operators in Sweden from four to three, according to market leader Telia’s TELIA.ST new CEO Allison Kirkby, who did a similar deal in the Netherlands in an earlier job.

The Scottish restructuring specialist, who took charge at Telia this year and previously ran Tele2 TEL2b.ST, has acted swiftly to shed overseas assets and refocus Telia as a Nordic regional player.

At Tele2, Kirkby pulled off the sale of its struggling Dutch subsidiary to Germany’s Deutsche Telekom DTEGn.DE in a so-called four-to-three deal that passed muster with EU competition regulators.

Similar consolidation in Sweden was unlikely, she told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Thursday, because

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Texas Tech may be Bears’ last chance to get a second win

Baylor at Texas Tech

When: 3 p.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock

Records: Baylor (1-4, 1-4 Big 12); Texas Tech (2-5, 1-5 Big 12)

Last meeting: Baylor defeated Texas Tech 33-30 (2OT) on Oct. 12, 2019, in Waco


What’s on the line?

Baylor’s quest for win No. 2 continues after coming up short against No. 17 Iowa State. While most teams are nearing the homestretch, Baylor has roughly passed the halfway mark of its season. With Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State left on the schedule, Texas Tech may be the Bears’ last chance at getting a second win.

Texas Tech is also looking for a second conference win. The Red Raiders are on a two-game skid after losses to Oklahoma and TCU. Texas Tech will host Baylor in Lubbock for the first time since 2008, and while the Bears managed to pull off a double-overtime

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25 Great Buys From Wayfair’s Black Friday First Chance Sale

Wayfair is known as the place to go when you want to score nice furniture and home goods at an affordable price. And, like plenty of other online retailers, the company is kicking off holiday sales early with its Black Friday First Chance Sale, which runs now through the morning of November 13.

Expect the deals to keep on coming: The company plans to offer up more Black Friday deals from Friday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 25. After that is another Black Friday sale happening Thursday, November 26 (aka Thanksgiving) and running through Monday, November 30. You’ll also score free shipping on all orders of $35 or more. Basically, there are a lot of ways to save big on furniture, outdoor gear, kitchen essentials, and home decor.

Tip: Bookmark this page and check back daily for Wayfair’s Black Friday updates. For more, see our guide to the best Black

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