Jun 29, 2017

The latest challenge to truck drivers — 15 mph golf carts

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FedEx and UPS have won a battle in Kentucky to deploy slow electric golf carts operated by part-time, $15-an-hour drivers, a 20% cut to the starting rate of $18.75 paid to union drivers and less than half the average $35 rate, per the Wall Street Journal.

Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature has passed a law pushed by the two delivery companies allowing them to operate the carts in neighborhoods and on slow-speed roadways.

Why it matters: The erosion of wages comes as the security of driving jobs has become a major issue — delivery trucks will relatively soon contain autonomous driving technology, threatening some 3.4 million professional driving jobs.

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

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What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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