Joe Biden Still Supports the Hyde Amendment—and 2020 Democrats Pounce

Joe Biden is breaking with many of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination by maintaining support for a four-decade rule that prohibits paying for abortions with federal funds. Biden’s campaign said in a statement that the former vice president is sticking with his long-standing backing of the 1976 Hyde Amendment, which has been routinely […]

Coming Soon: Uber to Offer Helicopter Rides In New York City

Uber Technologies Inc. is testing a helicopter service in New York City, according to documents outlining the program obtained by Bloomberg. Passengers will be able to use the Uber app to book a flight through the service, called Uber Copter, the documents show. Tests flights took off from a Manhattan heliport near Wall Street to […]

Digital Bike Maker Peloton’s Confidential-ish IPO: Brainstorm Health

Beverly Hills is pretty much ending tobacco sales. The city council of Beverly Hills, CA has voted to largely end tobacco sales in the city – including the prohibition of cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette, and snuff sales by 2021. Exceptions would be few and far between if enacted, including for certain cigar lounges and specialty tobacco […]

It’s Not Up to Renault Anymore. Fiat Chrysler Just Withdrew Its Merger Offer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV abruptly withdrew its offer to combine with Renault SA after the French carmaker’s board—on the brink of approving the deal—postponed a decision for a second time in as many days. Renault’s board ended an hours-long meeting early Thursday without a vote after its most important shareholder, the French state, requested deliberations […]

Louisiana Medical Marijuana “Inhalation Bill” Approved by State Legislature

Louisiana lawmakers have approved a bill to allow medical marijuana patients to use inhaled cannabis products. The amended measure, which was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 82-0, will apply only to metered-dose inhalers and does not legalize smokable forms of cannabis. Under current regulations of the state’s […]

Amazon Reveals Its Latest Delivery Drone Design

Amazon has unveiled a revolutionary new drone—part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft—that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. The new device takes off vertically, then tilts to fly horizontally like a plane. It also features artificial intelligence, using a suite of sensors the company […]

Apple’s New Sign-In Feature Is a ‘Shot Across the Bow’ at Google and Facebook

Ask Apple, Facebook, and Google about the meaning or expectation of consumer privacy, and you’ll get three very different approaches. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the future is private. Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that privacy shouldn’t be a luxury good. And then there’s Apple, which at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, said […]

Photo Shoehorns Misinformation Into Tariff Debate

Quick Take A manipulated photo circulating online falsely claims to show boxes of shoes for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line getting a special exemption from tariffs. Full Story Ivanka Trump announced in late July 2018 that she would shut down her namesake fashion brand, and its licensing agreement with a major manufacturer expired later that year. […]

Engineers Craft New Plan to Unstick NASA’s Mars InSight Lander

Engineers hope the real InSight on Mars can use its robotic arm to help the mole start digging again, a test that has succeeded with replica instruments on Earth. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) The digging instrument on NASA’s Mars InSight lander has been stuck since February 28, and engineers have been hard at work trying to get […]

Surgeon General Expresses Concern About High Levels of THC in Modern Cannabis

Trump-appointed Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams appeared on Hill TV’s morning show “Rising” Wednesday to share his concerns about the rising potency of cannabis products. Adams began the segment by explaining to viewers that THC is “the product which causes you to get high, which can cause addiction, which can cause problems.” Adams then went […]