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Are you a Valentine’s Day person? If not, welcome to a growing club of detractors. Only 51 percent of Americans plan to celebrate the “holiday” in 2019, according to the National Retail Federation, marking a 12-year downward trend. But if you are an observer, how nice — for your loved ones. Retailers are expecting you to spend a record amount on presents this season (an average of 1.96, up 13 percent from 2018). At least you die-hard romantics are making up for the rest of us. Speaking of gifts, here’s mine to you: All you need to know about the latest business and tech news, gathered into one email that’ll set you up for the week ahead. Chocolates sold separately.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the wealthiest man in the world, accused the owner of The National Enquirer on Thursday of attempting to extort and blackmail him by using racy photos that Mr. Bezos had texted with his girlfriend, the former television host Lauren Sanchez. In a candid blog post, Mr. Bezos pasted emails from the tabloid’s representatives who threatened to release the images if he did not stop investigating how they had obtained his texts. “Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks and corruption,” Mr. Bezos wrote.
If you’ve ever considered going into crippling debt, the government just made it easier to do so. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said on Wednesday that it planned to eliminate Obama-era rules that protect consumers from taking on bigger loans than they can handle. Under the proposal, lenders would be able to grant high-interest payday loans (short-term loans intended to tide people over until their next paycheck) without making sure consumers can actually pay them off. And those lenders would be allowed to do so repeatedly, contributing to a cycle where borrowers spin into ballooning debt. The agency said its policy would give people more access to credit. But critics say it will help predatory lenders take advantage of people who already can’t make ends meet.
It’s not just your imagination — the past five years have been the hottest on record in Earth’s history, according to data from NASA. The report set the stage for liberal Democrats to unveil their Green New Deal on Thursday, a proposal for sweeping changes that would make the United States carbon neutral by 2030 and create millions of “green jobs” in the process. The measure was drafted by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, and it won’t go anywhere for now — Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has no plans to bring it for a vote. Either way, it’s a bold rallying cry, and may gain steam going into the 2020 elections.
As the economy recovers from the government’s longest shutdown in history (and will be recuperating for some time), Congress is working to prevent another one starting after midnight on Friday. That’s the deadline for Mr. Trump to strike an agreement with lawmakers on a new spending bill that will keep the lights on at federal agencies. Mr. Trump continues to insist on funding for a border wall, but is showing some signs of willingness to compromise. Speaker Pelosi says she’s aiming for “good news in a short period of time.”
Are you sick of hearing about the costly trade dispute between the United States and China? Me, too. But this week could be the beginning of the end of it — or, at least Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin seems to hope so. He’s traveling to Beijing with other American officials to continue talks that started in Washington in January. If the two sides can’t hammer out a resolution before March 2, the Trump administration will raise punishing tariffs on Chinese goods, hurting businesses and consumers in both countries (and others). For his own part, Mr. Trump said it was unlikely that he would sit down with President Xi Jinping of China before the deadline.
The monetary repercussions of Britain’s chaotic withdrawal from the European Union keep piling up. Last year, the country experienced its slowest economic growth in a decade, according to a new report from the Bank of England that, predictably, attributed the slump to the “fog of Brexit.” Those clouds will probably stick around this week as Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain continues her dogged efforts to patch up the tattered proposal. European leaders said they wouldn’t renegotiate the deal, but now they’re vaguely open to “talks.” Of course, the major sticking point — the border between the Irelands — remains part of the plan, so you can guess how those discussions will go.
Data from pharmacies in different neighborhoods shows that rich people buy different prescription drugs than poor ones. Apple has fixed the glitch that allowed people to eavesdrop on each other’s FaceTime calls and thanked the 14-year-old who discovered it by offering to pay for his education. Instacart, which offers delivery services through an app, backed off its policy to count customers’ tips toward its workers’ minimum wages — a victory for members of the gig economy. And finally, Carlos Ghosn, the disgraced former chairman of the automaker Renault, may have spent 50,000 euros (about ,000) on his own lavish wedding at the Palace of Versailles in 2016. You’ve got to hand it to him — it looks like a great party.B:
八肖财中第010期2018年【四】【小】【时】【后】 “【已】【经】【有】【一】【小】【半】【人】【测】【试】【过】【了】，【还】【是】【一】【个】【能】【驾】【驶】【高】【达】【的】【都】【没】【有】。” 【黛】【尔】【放】【下】【手】【机】，【这】【样】【对】【王】【洛】【说】【道】。 【切】【汉】【弗】【拉】【还】【说】，【场】【景】【趋】【向】【于】【出】【现】【别】【的】【能】【驾】【驶】【高】【达】【的】【人】，【来】【取】【代】【那】【三】【个】【驾】【驶】【员】【呢】。 【王】【洛】【这】【样】【想】【着】，【看】【向】【黛】【尔】。“【武】【器】【和】【队】【伍】【准】【备】【的】【怎】【么】【样】【了】？” 【黛】【尔】：“【他】【们】【正】【在】【准】【备】。” 【王】
【连】【绵】【起】【伏】【的】【山】【峰】，【绿】【树】【成】【荫】，【参】【天】【老】【树】，【参】【差】【不】【齐】【的】【岩】【石】，【到】【处】【都】【是】【鲜】【花】，【藤】【蔓】【缠】【绕】【在】【山】【上】，【植】【物】，【仰】【望】【山】【顶】，【云】【雾】【缭】【绕】，【郁】【郁】【葱】【葱】，【郁】【郁】【葱】【葱】，【植】【被】【茂】【盛】，【鸟】【兽】【随】【处】【可】【见】。 【在】【这】【座】【原】【始】【而】【深】【邃】【的】【森】【林】【山】【脉】【中】，【身】【着】【白】【色】【斗】【篷】【的】【神】【之】【公】【主】【和】【飞】【迪】【圣】【母】【已】【经】【成】【为】【这】【里】【唯】【一】【耀】【眼】【的】【风】【景】。 【他】【们】【两】【人】【面】【前】【站】【着】【两】【个】【优】【雅】
【战】【争】【结】【束】【了】。 【残】【存】【的】【生】【者】【们】【无】【暇】【歇】【息】，【他】【们】【往】【返】【奔】【波】【着】，【收】【敛】【着】【战】【死】【袍】【泽】【们】【的】【遗】【体】。 【夕】【阳】【照】【在】【大】【地】【上】，【照】【在】【活】【着】【和】【死】【了】【的】【战】【士】【的】【身】【体】【上】，【与】【地】【上】【淋】【漓】【的】【鲜】【血】【混】【在】【一】【起】，【将】【世】【间】【的】【一】【切】【都】【燃】【成】【暗】【淡】【的】【红】【色】。 【梅】【丘】【站】【在】【山】【坡】【之】【上】，【望】【着】【远】【处】【的】【人】【群】，【由】【于】【距】【离】【的】【缘】【故】，【他】【们】【看】【上】【去】【十】【分】【渺】【小】，【黑】【压】【压】【的】【一】【片】，【就】八肖财中第010期2018年【陈】【平】【安】【转】【过】【头】，【看】【到】【一】【张】【熟】【悉】【的】【脸】【庞】。【网】【首】【发】 【男】【人】【没】【有】【斗】【笠】【了】。 【陈】【平】【安】【呆】【呆】【看】【着】【这】【个】【男】【人】，【一】【时】【间】【说】【不】【出】【话】【来】。 【春】【水】【秋】【实】【两】【位】【婢】【女】【吓】【了】【一】【大】【跳】，【一】【时】【间】【有】【些】【恼】【火】【此】【人】【的】【不】【讲】【规】【矩】，【太】【胡】【来】【了】。 【鲲】【船】【就】【是】【一】【座】“【小】【天】【地】”，【是】【有】【自】【己】【的】【规】【矩】【的】，【比】【如】【不】【可】【私】【斗】，【若】【有】【纠】【纷】，【必】【须】【通】【报】【鲲】【船】【执】【事】；【不】【可】【擅】【自】
【一】【分】【钟】，【水】【芊】【芊】【又】【何】【尝】【不】【明】【白】【意】【味】【着】【什】【么】，【现】【在】【再】【删】【掉】，【在】【网】【友】【看】【来】【就】【是】【欲】【盖】【弥】【彰】。 “【不】【用】。” “【那】【这】【件】【事】【你】【打】【算】【怎】【么】【处】【理】？” “【先】【放】【着】【吧】，【明】【天】【回】【去】【再】【处】【理】。”【她】【从】【未】【对】【自】【己】【的】【过】【去】【做】【过】【任】【何】【掩】【盖】，【早】【已】【料】【到】【有】【一】【天】【会】【被】【人】【翻】【出】【来】。 【既】【然】【是】【早】【晚】【的】【事】，【她】【又】【怎】【么】【可】【能】【没】【有】【一】【点】【准】【备】。 【曝】【出】【来】【也】【好】
【仔】【细】【想】【想】【班】【里】【的】【那】【些】【学】【霸】，【似】【乎】【真】【的】【没】【有】【在】【课】【堂】【上】【睡】【过】【觉】，【这】【么】【一】【想】，【米】【嘉】【园】【止】【不】【住】【的】【佩】【服】。 【她】【无】【聊】【的】【甩】【着】【手】【中】【的】【腕】【表】，【时】【不】【时】【的】【盯】【着】【表】【盘】【上】【转】【动】【的】【指】【针】，【怎】【么】【最】【后】【五】【分】【钟】【这】【么】【慢】【啊】！【简】【直】【就】【是】【煎】【熬】【啊】！ “【五】、【四】、【三】、【二】、【一】，【下】【课】！”【果】【然】【不】【出】【所】【料】，【下】【课】【铃】【在】【她】【话】【音】【刚】【落】【后】【就】【响】【起】。 【果】【然】【啊】，【中】【学】【时】
【易】【先】【生】【笑】【得】【和】【蔼】【可】【亲】：“【我】【们】【也】【没】【有】【诓】【骗】【他】【们】，【无】【论】【圣】【教】【还】【是】【那】【所】【谓】【的】【四】【个】【家】【族】，【都】【不】【过】【是】【他】【们】【自】【作】【多】【情】【罢】【了】。” 【姜】【还】【是】【老】【的】【辣】，【赵】【颜】【默】【默】【感】【慨】。 “【易】【家】【的】【确】【有】【曾】【祖】【留】【下】【的】【人】，【想】【要】【监】【督】【我】【们】【不】【离】【开】【这】【个】【山】【谷】，【他】【们】【也】【是】【我】【之】【前】【说】【的】【那】【批】【人】。【不】【过】【这】【些】【日】【子】【多】【亏】【了】【元】【宁】【郡】【主】【和】【太】【子】，【帮】【我】【把】【这】【些】【人】【引】【了】【出】【来】，【我】