Iowa Democrats want Cardi B to speak to Des Moines voters

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Rapper Cardi B has, in the past few weeks, become a political pundit of sorts on the left. As a possible result, the Bronx singer has been invited by Democrats in Iowa to give a speech in Des Moines.
The Polk County Democrats, who usually meet with presidential candidates, have invited the singer to a “reception of her choice” while she’s in town for a musical performance.
Cardi B has spoken about politics in the past, using her stardom to endorse Bernie Sanders’ campaign and repeatedly condemn the Trump administration’s actions.

She may not be old enough to run for the White House, but rapper Cardi B is certainly making an impression on Iowa Democrats.

Which could be why the Polk County Democrats, a group known for setting up events for presidential candidates during election seasons, might have invited the Bronx singer to deliver a speech in Des Moines later this year.

On Tuesday, the Polk County Democrats tweeted that the group would host “a reception of her choice” for Cardi while she’s in town.

The group said they have been honored to feature a group of “powerful women leaders” in the recent months, including Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand. It only makes sense, they said, that Cardi B should stop by and speak to Iowa Democrats too.

As the center of the IA Caucuses, we have been honored to host @TeamPelosi, @CecileRichards, @KamalaHarris, @SenGillibrand, @PramilaJayapal, @Grace4NY, and many powerful women leaders.

It only makes sense to invite @iamcardib to a reception of her choice while she’s here in May.

— Polk Co. Democrats (@polkdems) January 29, 2019

“We are definitely serious about this,” Sean Bagniewski, the Polk County Democrats chair told the Des Moines Register.

Right now, Bagniewski said, the group …read more

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Housing with a side of veggies: Unique development approved in Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA — The Bay Area’s first major urban farm-centered housing community is on track to break ground next year, after winning approval from the Santa Clara City Council.

Following a four-hour discussion that stretched past 11 p.m., the council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve plans for 361 homes and a 1.7-acre farm across the street from Westfield Valley Fair and down the road from Santana Row, near the San Jose border. The project includes 181 apartments priced below market rate, including 165 that will be set aside for low-income seniors — making it the largest affordable housing development in the city’s pipeline at a time when the Bay Area is experiencing an acute shortage of low-income housing.

“We’re ecstatic about the council vote,” said Vince Cantore, senior development manager of the Core Companies, the developer behind the project. “We’re one step closer to addressing a very desperate need for senior affordable housing in the community.”

Tuesday’s approval was years in the making, as the community has been fighting over what to build on the property for more than a decade. The parcel originally was owned by the state and used for agricultural research by the University of California, under the moniker Bay Area Research and Extension Center. Initial plans to turn the site into affordable housing in 2005 sparked push-back from community members who wanted to preserve its agricultural roots. The resulting controversy, plus a loss of state funding, eventually derailed that project.

With the new Agrihood plan, Core Companies sought to satisfy both residents who demand more housing in the community and those who prefer farmland. The idea is part of a nationwide trend that’s especially popular with millennials — new housing developments increasingly are offering access to an urban farm, opportunities to work in …read more

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Tesla says it’s likely going to build its next car, the Model Y SUV, at the Gigafactory (TSLA)

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Tesla will likely produce its upcoming Model Y crossover SUV at its Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, the automaker said on Wednesday.
Volume production of the vehicle will begin by the end of 2020.
Business Insider reported in December that Tesla planned to produce 7,000 Model Ys per week at the Nevada Gigafactory, known as Gigafactory 1, by December 20, 2020.

Tesla will likely produce its upcoming Model Y crossover SUV at its Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, the automaker said on Wednesday. Volume production of the vehicle will begin by the end of 2020.

“This year we will start tooling for Model Y to achieve volume production by the end of 2020, most likely at
Gigafactory 1,” Tesla said in its fourth-quarter earnings letter.

Business Insider reported in December that Tesla planned to produce 7,000 Model Ys per week at the Nevada Gigafactory, known as Gigafactory 1, by December 20, 2020, and 5,000 Model Ys per week at its upcoming factory in China, known as Gigafactory 3, by February 2021.

A Tesla representative said at the time that documents viewed by Business Insider describing the production timeline were out of date.

Tesla on Wednesday announced its earnings from the fourth quarter of 2018. The automaker posted adjusted earnings of $1.93 per share on revenue of $7.23 billion. Wall Street analysts had expected adjusted earnings of $2.10 per share on revenue of $7.1 billion

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Facebook posts record results, beating expectations amid increasing pressure

Despite being plagued with scandals and calls for big changes, Facebook on Wednesday reported record fourth-quarter profit and said that its user base continued to grow.

The world’s largest social network posted $6.88 billion in net income, or $2.38 a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $4.27 billion in the year-ago quarter, easily beating analysts’ expectations of $6.36 billion, or $2.18 a share. Facebook posted revenue of $16.44 billion, beating analysts’ expectations of $16.4 billion.

The Menlo Park company also said its monthly active users rose 9 percent to 2.32 billion, beating analysts’ expectations of 2.31 billion.

Facebook shares, which have fallen more than 33 percent since their 52-week high of $217.50 reached last July, rose 4.3 percent to $150.42 to close regular trading Wednesday amid a mostly positive day for the U.S. stock markets. They were up nearly 8 percent in after-hours trading after the results were released.

Since Facebook’s last earnings call in October, the Menlo Park company has dealt with numerous controversial revelations.

The company was doing damage control in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which blew up last March and involved a political data consulting firm used by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign accessing the personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission. That problem, which popped up as Facebook

Plenty of other news reports since then have revealed other practices that the company has either apologized for or discontinued. The most recent one — paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 a month in gift cards to install a virtual private network app to gain access to most of their phone activity, supposedly for research — was reported by TechCrunch just this week. Facebook said it has pulled the app for iPhone users. Its availability on Apple’s App Store was …read more

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