Then, the Senate had proposed Marketplace Virginia as a private insurance approach to using federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid coverage for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians. The House strongly opposed expansion, ultimately defeating the proposal the first of four times during McAuliffe’s term before voters last fall slashed Republicans’ two-thirds majority to two seats. … [Read more...] about Virginia’s state budget talks break down, special session likely
In the Princeton Baby Lab, where researchers study how children learn, we recorded English-speaking mothers while they played with and read to their 7-to-12-month-old infants, and while they spoke to an adult experimenter. (To keep the overall pitch range fairly consistent across participants, we tested only mothers, but we'd like to see whether the results generalize to fathers and other caregivers in the future.) … [Read more...] about Baby talk is good for youngsters, and mothers speak it all over the world
— SEC, CFTC open VIX probe. Bloomberg: "Allegations that Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s widely used VIX benchmark is being manipulated have drawn attention from regulators. The nation’s top two markets watchdogs -- the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- opened investigations into the gauge of stock market volatility, according to people familiar with the matter. One topic of examination is the monthly process through which the price of VIX futures contracts is calculated... That monthly auction has been the focus of intense scrutiny this year, spurred by wild price swings and a 2017 research paper alleging the process is rigged. The stakes are big. Billions of dollars of derivatives contracts and exchange-traded products are tied to the index. " … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Beijing trade talks conclude with no progress. Get ready for a long slog.
The Vietnamese delegation to the events was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung. At the meetings, senior officials of ASEAN and partner countries shared the view that cooperation within the framework of ASEAN+3, the EAS and the ARF continued to obtain major outcomes. Building on the progress attained since the 20th founding anniversary of ASEAN+3 in 2017, the cooperation between ASEAN and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea has developed strongly, especially in economy, trade, finance, food, health care, education, and cultural and people-to-people exchange. In the face of regional and global economic changes, the countries agreed to further enhance regional economic connectivity, particularly by soon finalizing negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), make efforts to effectively carry out existing programmes and work plans, including the ASEAN+3 Cooperation Work Plan for 2018-2022, and focus on priority fields like supporting small- and … [Read more...] about Officials of ASEAN, partner countries talk regional cooperation
The only path to rescuing ourselves from all these calamities is for all American and other occupying forces to leave our country and for an independent, Islamic, intra-Afghan government to take root. Our Jihad began for this exact purpose and in conjunction to our armed Jihad, we have kept the doors of understanding and negotiations open to reach this objective and appointed the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate as the exclusive avenue of activity in this regard. … [Read more...] about Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.