Hard Numbers

1.5 billion: President Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $262 billion worth of US imports from China not already targeted by the administration. That includes $1.5 billion worth of Christmas ornaments. #WarOnChristmas


130 million: President Trump, who faced scrutiny yet again this week for his treatment of the media, has used the phrase “fake news” in a total of 258 tweets during his presidency. Nonetheless, confidence in two organizations often targeted by the president, the NY Times and Washington Post, has increased, even among Trump supporters. In fact, over the past two years, the New York Times’ monthly online readership has doubled to 130 million.

556:An Indian man filled 556 potholes in the country’s most populous city, Mumbai, over the weekend to commemorate the death of his son in a bike accident caused by poor road conditions. India’s notoriously shoddy infrastructure could use a few million more people just like him.

41: With an election coming up in October, 41 percent more Brazilians have registered to vote from abroad compared to the country’s last election in 2014, according to government figures. That’s not a sign of confidence that this election outcome will set Brazil on the right track.

-6:Nicaragua’s economy is expected to contract by almost 6 percent this year, in large part due to disruptions caused by the ongoing fighting between embattled President Daniel Ortega and opposition protestors. In 2017, the country's economy grew by nearly 5 percent.

In the end it wasn't even close. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won a stunning victory in the UK's snap elections yesterday, taking at least 364 seats out of 650, delivering the Tories their largest majority since 1987.

Johnson read the public mood correctly. After three years of anguish and political uncertainty over the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union, he ran on a simple platform: "Get Brexit Done." In a typically raffish late-campaign move, he even drove a bulldozer through a fake wall of "deadlock." Despite lingering questions about his honesty and his character, Johnson's party gained at least 49 seats (one seat still hasn't been declared yet).

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This holiday season, how concerned should I be about smart toys and their vulnerability to hacking?

You should be concerned both, that Internet connected toys can be hacked and also that they have shoddy privacy practices. And then the voice files of your kid talking to their teddy bear will end up in the cloud, accessible to all kinds of creepy people. On the other hand, Internet connected toys are great. Kids need to learn about technology. So, tradeoffs.

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David Miliband: Now that Boris Johnson has won a majority in the House of Commons, what's going to happen to Brexit?

If only Brexit could get done in 60 seconds? Because the result of the general election obviously means that Britain will leave the European Union, but it does nothing to clarify our future relations with the European Union. The Johnson victory is undoubtedly a very strong one, and he will try and interpret it as a victory for himself and for the Conservative Party and the attraction that they offer to Labour voters.

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Once a widely heralded human rights champion who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for advancing democracy in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has now taken up a different cause: defending her country from accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Yesterday was the court's final day of hearings over that country's military-led crackdown against the Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017, which left thousands dead and forced more than 740,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. Here's what you need to know about the proceedings.

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