Fed hikes rate, lowers 2019 projection to 2 increases – CNBC
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Fed hikes rate, lowers 2019 projection to 2 increases – CNBC

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate a quarter-point but lowered its projections for future hikes. As markets had expected, the central bank took the target range for its benchmark funds rate to 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. The move marked the fourth increase this year and the ninth since it began…

House GOP releases transcript of explosive closed-door Comey questioning – Fox News
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House GOP releases transcript of explosive closed-door Comey questioning – Fox News

House Republicans on Tuesday released a transcript of their explosive closed-door session a day earlier with fired FBI Director James Comey, who revealed during the questioning that FBI agents knew “exactly” what ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had told Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to interviewing Flynn at the White House.The 173-page transcript, which documented congressional Republicans’ second hearing with Comey…

2018: The year Amazon became even harder to avoid – Engadget
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2018: The year Amazon became even harder to avoid – Engadget

For one, the company laid the groundwork to expand further outside of its native Seattle. After years of development, this year saw the launch of Amazon Go, a grocery/convenience store hybrid that allows customers to waltz in off the street, grab goods off shelves and walk right back out without missing a beat (or talking…

Japan to have first aircraft carriers since World War II – CNN
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Japan to have first aircraft carriers since World War II – CNN

Tokyo (CNN)Japan is poised to put its first aircraft carriers to sea since World War II, refitting its Izumo-class warships to carry US-designed F-35B fighter jets, the government announced Tuesday.In its 10-year Defense Program Guidelines, Tokyo said it will buy 42 of the stealthy F-35Bs, which are designed for short-run take offs and vertical landings.Those…

Russia targeted African-American vote, made Instagram ‘key battleground’: Reports – ABC News
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Russia targeted African-American vote, made Instagram ‘key battleground’: Reports – ABC News

Two new reports on Russia’s widespread online influence campaign detail how purported Russian trolls used social media to target with laser-like precision the African-American vote ahead of the 2016 presidential election, and then continued to sow social and political discord in the U.S. in the months after President Donald Trump was elected. The reports, prepared…

Trump’s Washington faces one last week of uproar in 2018 – CNN
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Trump’s Washington faces one last week of uproar in 2018 – CNN

(CNN)A frenzied year in Washington is going out with a roar as the political forces that combined to make the first half of President Donald Trump’s mandate so turbulent come to a head in a hugely consequential run-up to the holidays.Looming over everything is the new reality, fueled by weeks of court filings by special…

Giuliani on whether Trump will sit down with Mueller: “Good luck — over my dead body’ – Fox News
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Giuliani on whether Trump will sit down with Mueller: “Good luck — over my dead body’ – Fox News

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump will sit down one-on-one with Special Counsel Robert Mueller “over my dead body” amid bombshell new revelations in the false statements case against ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whom Giuliani said was “railroaded” and “framed.”In a spirited back-and-forth with host Chris Wallace, Giuliani also reiterated his…

Los Angeles Lakers get triple-doubles from LeBron James, Lonzo Ball – ESPN
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Los Angeles Lakers get triple-doubles from LeBron James, Lonzo Ball – ESPN

12:24 AM ETDave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer CloseLakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A season ago, LeBron James congratulated Lonzo Ball on becoming the youngest player in league history to record a…

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a beautiful, bold, overstuffed melodrama – Salon
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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a beautiful, bold, overstuffed melodrama – Salon

Peter Parker and Miles Morales in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Sony Pictures Animation) The new Spider-Man movie is a love letter to its own franchise. That’s not entirely a good thing Matthew Rozsa December 15, 2018 4:00pm (UTC) “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has the strengths of “The Lego Batman Movie” and the weaknesses of “Avengers:…

Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional – The New York Times
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Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional – The New York Times

ImageA protest over changes to the Affordable Care Act in June 2017 in Chicago. On Friday, a judge in Texas struck down the entire law.CreditCreditScott Olson/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas struck down the entire Affordable Care Act on Friday on the grounds that its mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is…