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Asian stocks higher as India slashes taxes, China cuts new interest rate

Asian stocks higher as India slashes taxes, China cuts new interest rate

Asian stocks were mostly higher on Friday after China and India took steps to shore up economic growth. India’s benchmark Sensex index surged 5.3%, after a cut to the country’s corporate tax rates sent its markets spiking. Indian companies will be taxed at a rate of 22% instead of 30%, the government announced Friday. The…MORE

News outlets chase leads as whistleblower mystery deepens

News outlets chase leads as whistleblower mystery deepens

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. The Washington Post’s editorial board posed a question on September 5: “Is Trump strong-arming Volodymyr Zelensky for political gain?” That was the first time I heard about the Ukraine issue that’s now front and center…MORE

New revelations deepen scandal over Trump whistleblower complaint

New revelations deepen scandal over Trump whistleblower complaint

Washington’s newest scandal, over a whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump, intensified Thursday amid revelations that the White House and Justice Department tried to keep it quiet. The affair, centering on Trump’s contacts with a mystery foreign leader, has also injected a toxic element into relations among the President, the intelligence community and Congress. It…MORE

Rudy Giuliani denies asking Ukraine to investigate Biden — before admitting it

Rudy Giuliani denies asking Ukraine to investigate Biden — before admitting it

President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on Thursday denied asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden moments before admitting that he had done just that. Giuliani’s comments came in a heated exchange on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” as Chris Cuomo pressed the former New York mayor over conversations he’d had with a Ukrainian official about Biden’s…MORE

A Delta flight plunged 30,000 feet in minutes

A Delta flight plunged 30,000 feet in minutes

Don’t read this if you’re traveling any time soon. Passengers on a Delta flight this week were terrified when their plane plunged mid-air, dropping nearly 30,000 feet. The flight experienced a “cabin pressurization irregularity” during the journey, the airline said in a statement. It was going from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale but was diverted to…MORE

Washington Post: Ben Carson made dismissive comments about transgender people in internal meeting, attendees say

Washington Post: Ben Carson made dismissive comments about transgender people in internal meeting, attendees say

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made dismissive comments in a recent meeting that multiple people present interpreted as an attack on transgender people, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Carson expressed concern about “big, hairy men” attempting to enter women’s homeless shelters, according to three people present, the Post reported. Two agency staffers also…MORE