Migrant Caravan: U.S. Military Will Have Up to 14,000 Troops, Many Armed, Ready to Intervene at Mexico Border

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Source:  Newsweek The U.S. military will have an actual force of up to 14,000 ready to intervene at the southern border with Mexico, including an additional 7,000 planned deployment in reserves on round-the-clock standby. The Pentagon announced Monday that it will send up to 5,200 troops to the border ahead of the anticipated arrival of …

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Military Intelligence Spending Just Posted Biggest Spike in a Decade

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Source:  Defense One With an 18 percent increase this year, the Pentagon’s $22 billion intelligence tab is rising faster than civilian spy agencies. Pentagon intelligence spending rose nearly 18 percent over the past year, a sign the military is ramping up its spying-and-intel-gathering activities around the world. While military intelligence spending has risen between two and …

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Amazon in advanced talks about putting HQ2 in Northern Virginia, those close to process say

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Source:  MSN Money Amazon.com has held advanced discussions about the possibility of opening its highly sought-after second headquarters in Crystal City, including how quickly it would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made to the public, according to people close to the process. The …

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Why a random federal agency gets to decide which devices we tinker with

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Source:  ARS Technica The Library of Congress issued new rules (PDF) Friday outlining when it’s legal to circumvent copy-protection systems. Among the activities blessed by the Librarian: unlocking cell phones to move from one network to another, repairing cars and tractors, performing security research, and pulling data from medical devices. The agency also expanded an existing …

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Silicon Valley’s dirty secret: Using a shadow workforce of contract employees to drive profits

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Source:  CNBC   This year at Google, contract workers outnumbered direct employees for the first time in the company’s 20-year history. This trend is on the rise as public companies look for ways to trim HR costs or hire in-demand skills in a tight labor market. Some 57.3 million Americans, or 36% of the workforce, …

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Walgreens cutting some employee benefits after announcing $100M pay boost

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Source: Chicago Tribune Walgreens is changing the benefits it offers employees and eliminating health insurance for a number of its eligible retirees, just months after announcing it would boost hourly wages for store employees. Starting in 2019, employees of the Deerfield-based drugstore chain won’t qualify for paid time off unless they work at least 30 hours a …

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