Global Immigration

“Trump to Sign Immigration Directive Revamping Asylum System” – Wall Street Journal

“President Trump is expected to sign a directive this week that will make official his plans to revamp the U.S. asylum system, part of his broader push to crack down on undocumented migrants entering the U.S. illegally.” Read More

“Jeff Sessions’s carefully built deportation machine will outlast him” – Vox 

“Jeff Sessions’s resignation as attorney general Wednesday, the day after the 2018 midterm elections, was only surprising in that it took nearly two years.” Read More

“How Europe can stop African migration” – Politico

“Europe pledged to spend €6 billion in Turkey to keep refugees on the other side of the border. Some have suggested spending a similar amount in Africa. POLITICO asked Europe’s leading migration experts and policymakers: If the EU had €6 billion to spend on managing migration from Africa, how and where should the bloc spend it?” Read More

Tech

Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’” – New York Times

“Google is facing more challenges today than at any time in its 20-year history. Employees are outraged over sexual harassment. Executives are under scrutiny for an effort to secretly make a censored version of its search product for China.” Read More

“Georgia’s secretary of state Brian Kemp doxes thousands of absentee voters” – TechCrunch

“Georgia’s secretary of state and candidate for state governor in the midterm election, Brian Kemp, has taken the unusual, if not unprecedented step of posting the personal details of 291,164 absentee voters online for anyone to download.” Read More

“China’s Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter” – BBC Tech

“China’s state news agency has unveiled a virtual newsreader sporting a sharp suit and a somewhat robotic voice. Xinhua News claims the presenter “can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor”, though not everyone may agree.” Read More

Entertainment

“How ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’s’ Stars Brought a New Western Classic to Life” – Hollywood Reporter

“The actors behind Arthur Morgan, John Marston, Dutch van der Linde, Sadie Adler and Charles Smith — along with Rockstar Games’ director of performance capture, Rod Edge — recount the years-long process behind the scenes of this year’s biggest game.” Read More

“How John Mayer Got a Grip on Fame — and Intends to Bring ‘Truth’ Back to Music” – Billboard

“John Mayer’s inner child is speaking, and he sounds scared. Little John is using Big John’s language, the orderly, self-soothing lingo of the therapist’s couch, to unpack what exactly went down last night. But one word keeps bubbling up from the tar of boyhood dread: “trouble.” Read More

“Midterm Elections Media Winners & Losers” – Deadline

“While political navel lint gazers argued whether Democrats or Republicans were the big winners of Tuesday’s midterm elections that won Dems control of the House and handed the GOP a bigger majority in the Senate, some media outlets also scored varying degrees of success with their midterms coverage.” Read More

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