Dec 12, 2018

Theresa May faces no-confidence vote from her Conservative Party

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Rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s own Conservative Party have forced a vote of no confidence in her leadership today after 48 MPs submitted letters protesting her position. This is just days after an epic political retreat in which May canceled a doomed vote on the Brexit deal she struck with the European Union and set off on a continental tour in search of last-minute concessions.

Details: Speaking on Downing Street, May said, "I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got." Conservative lawmakers will vote from 1 pm through 3 pm ET — with a result expected sometime later in the day. If May gains support from a simple majority of her 315 colleagues and hangs on, her party won't be able to challenge her leadership for another year, though her government still may face its own no-confidence vote from opposition parties in the House of Commons.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.