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Prime Minister Theresa May, flanked by Chancellor Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, at a summit with France this month. Photo: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool / Getty Images

Newsstands in the U.K. are once again filled with headlines casting doubt on Theresa May's ability to stay on as prime minister. In large font on the front of today's Times of London: "May Faces Growing Calls to Quit." Today's Telegraph featured letters from readers striking a similar theme: it's time for May to step aside.

The latest: An internal U.K. government analysis leaked to BuzzFeed News anticipates a substantial economic hit for nearly all industries under each modeled Brexit scenario. That gives political ammunition to members of May's Conservative Party who hope for a "soft" Brexit. But May has been under fire in recent weeks from pro-Brexit Conservatives who believe her approach is already too soft.

Downing Street moved quickly to downplay the report with a top Brexit minister telling the BBC that the document is a "preliminary attempt" that was "not anywhere near being approved by ministers."

May has also faced criticism over a botched cabinet reshuffle earlier this month that saw two ministers refuse to be moved to new positions, and the latest leak will likely further harm May's relationship with pro-Brexit members of Parliament. Their unhappiness with her "policymaking by tortoise" had already led to sustained reports over the past week that her premiership is in danger.

  • The Guardian: "frustration with her [lackluster] performance, botched reshuffle and shifting Brexit strategy has caused talk of deposing her to resurface," which could cause the Conservative Party to trigger a leadership election after a bad result in local elections in May.
  • The Sun reported that only eight more Conservative dissenters were needed to trigger a vote of no confidence against May.
  • The Telegraph spoke with pro-Brexit Conservative MPs who said that Chancellor Philip Hammond's statements seemingly in support of a softer Brexit during Davos could launch a coup against May.

May dodged questions about her future during a Bloomberg interview at Davos, discussing instead her "real vision for the economy of the future":

Yes, but: It's worth noting that a YouGov poll from this week still shows a plurality of the British public supporting May remaining as prime minister — but the numbers are close with 41% saying she should stay and 34% calling on her to stand down.

There's also no obvious candidate to replace her in a bitterly divided party. One senior Conservative told the Times: “There is no one defending her but no plot to oust her. It’s the worst of all worlds."

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Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

Ina Fried, author of Login
4 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO wants to compete against Apple

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer but picked up a new rival.