Fri 3.2

MIT study
Uber, Lyft drivers median hourly wage: $3.37
The Guardian
> Uber and Lyft drivers in the US make a median profit of $3.37 per hour before taxes, according to a new report that suggests a majority of ride-share workers make below minimum wage and that many actually lose money.
> Researchers did an analysis of vehicle cost data and a survey of more than 1,100 drivers for the ride-hailing companies for the paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. The report – which factored in insurance, maintenance, repairs, fuel and other costs – found that 30% of drivers are losing money on the job and that 74% earn less than the minimum wage in their states.

“This business model is not currently sustainable,” said Stephen Zoepf, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University and co-author of the paper. “The companies are losing money. The businesses are being subsidized by [venture capital] money … And the drivers are essentially subsidizing it by working for very low wages.”

Guess who’s not coming to America? International students
International students are America’s “golden goose.” They provide billions of dollars to the U.S. economy every year, subsidize the education of U.S. students and are a key source of talent that  help make American tech companies the envy of the world. So why is the Trump administration trying to drive away international students? More important, is the administration succeeding? New data suggest the answer may be “yes.”

Crappy 848-square foot house sells for $2 million in Silicon Valley
Mercury News
Yep, it’s a “tear-down.” And no extra charge for the garden hose.

Iowa must defend law that gags meat industry foes
Courthouse News Service

Easiest places to buy a gun: US, Yemen
Many more steps required in China, Britain, India, Israel, Canada etc.

Two fatally shot at Central Michigan U

Georgia lawmakers slap Delta over NRA thingy
… Revoking tax breaks they should never have given in the first place.

NPR: Russian documented efforts to influence NRA
> Russian politician Alexander Torshin claimed his ties to the National Rifle Association provided him access to Donald Trump — and the opportunity to serve as a foreign election observer in the United States during the 2012 election.
> These revelations come amid news that the FBI is investigating whether Torshin, the deputy governor of the Bank of Russia, illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to assist the Trump campaign in 2016.

You could call it remorse
or you could call it … 

Company that made gun used to kill Florida students “shares nation’s grief”
And by the way, “We will operate our business under the assumption that the next 12 to 18 months could deliver flattish revenues.”

Any teenager could have produced this GIF
Graphic of Putin’s “new” nuclear weapons at least a decade old
Moscow Times
Some news outlets immediately pointed out that the footage displayed on the giant screen in Putin’s address was taken from a documentary titled “Satan” that was broadcast in 2007 on Russia’s state-run Channel One television channel.
>>> “Goodbye America” … Russians suggest names for Putin’s nuclear weapons


Trump: ‘Trade wars are good, and easy to win’
“Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”
>>> Are Trump’s tariffs a “middle finger” to his aides?
Raw Story
“Tired of the restraints, tired of his staff, Trump is reveling in ticking off just about every person who serves him.”
>>> Wall Street Journal scolds Trump over tariffs
“Apparently Mr. Trump can’t stand all this winning.”

Euros warn that tariff could “blow up” World Trade Organization
The Hill
> A European trade group warned on Friday that President Trump’s plan to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could “blow up” the World Trade Organization.
> “This whole issue can blow up the WTO,” Axel Eggert, the head of the European Steel Association, told Bloomberg in an interview. “This is not about national security. This is about propping up a U.S. industry that isn’t viable.”

Who didn’t see this one coming?
NRA hints of Trump retreat from gun control
NY Times
WASHINGTON — The top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association claimed late Thursday that President Trump had retreated from his surprising support a day earlier for gun control measures after a meeting with N.R.A. officials and Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office.
> The lobbyist, Chris Cox, posted on Twitter just after 9 p.m. that he met with Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence, saying that “we all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control. #NRA #MAGA.”

If so, she could be totally screwed
Trump may have talked Russia with Hicks
The problem is especially acute for Hope Hicks and other aides subjected to Trump’s venting, given special counsel Robert Mueller’s known interest in whether Trump has sought to obstruct justice from within the White House.
Hicks’ exit from the White House in the coming weeks will hardly immunize her from legal headaches. But it will spare her from “learning more things on the inside that could potentially lead to a second or third visit to the special counsel’s office and higher legal bills,” as one former Trump aide put it.

Such a good Christian
Pence loses legal battle to keep Syrian refugees out of Indiana
Vice News




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