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Just over a year ago, the National Rifle Association, riven by infighting and filing for bankruptcy, seemed to be a diminished force in America.But this weekend, tens of thousands of supporters — including former president Donald Trump — flocked to its annual convention in Houston, Texas, in a testament to the gun rights group’s enduring political influence. After last week’s massacre at an elementary school in Texas, experts say the NRA’s institutional problems have cost it none of its political clout.“The NRA is still in a mess financially and legally,” said Robert Spitzer, a political-science professor at the State University…

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The coronavirus pandemic and rising energy prices have left millions of US households in arrears on their electric and gas bills, and some are now about to lose service as moratoria on utility shut-offs expire. More than 20mn households were behind on utility payments worth $23bn at the end of February, nearly double the number behind in 2019, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, a group representing state agencies that disburse government payments to low-income energy consumers. The number of accounts in arrears built up during the pandemic when some state regulators and utilities froze disconnections for non-payment.…

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One of the great tests of whether it truly is summer is how appetising the prospect of cooking a fresh sardine sounds. Doing so produces one of those strong food smells that is somehow only appealing on a balmy night outdoors, a glass of rosé in hand. At such a moment, the scent of grilled sardine — redolent of holidays in the Mediterranean — can be irresistible. As Edite Vieira writes in The Taste of Portugal, during the summer months in Portugal, “The characteristic smell of grilled sardines can be detected everywhere . . . in open-air restaurants, tavernas, sea-side cafés, funfairs . . . ”Considering how good…

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Global regulators are taking aim at sustainable investing ratings as officials work to stamp out greenwashing in the fast-growing environmental, social and governance investment sector. Government treasury departments and the EU are already considering stricter parameters for rating agencies providing sustainability assessments of companies and securities, according to the head of ESG at the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. “The whole investment chain has to get involved, and ratings have to be regulated too,” Sacha Sadan said at an industry event in London this week, warning that regulators would be focusing on transparency, conflicts of interest and requirements to demonstrate the…

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We jump to the top of the podium, our arms aloft, imagining the cheers, trophies and champagne that greet the victors of a multi-day endurance rally. But other than a far-off crashing of waves, my husband, daughter and I are met only by silence. A dog sniffs at our feet while a local vendor sidles up to befriend us and try to sell us her beaded bracelets. More than 15 years have passed since drivers in cars, bikes and quads traversed thousands of miles of desert and dune to complete the Paris-Dakar rally on the shores of Lac Rose in…

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Uvalde is a small city. Around two weeks ago, Angie Garza, a grandmother who helps run an automotive radiator repair shop on Main Street, took in Celia Gonzales’s grey Ford truck — it needed its air conditioning fixed. On a follow-up visit a few days later, Garza recalls, there seemed to be something on her customer’s mind. “She looked distressed. She said she was dealing with her grandson.”On Tuesday, Gonzales was shot by her 18-year-old grandson, Salvador Ramos, and remains in a critical condition. Ramos took her truck to make a short journey in the direction of Robb Elementary School,…

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When I was at university, a depressingly long time ago, students had different ways of marking the end of exams season. Most of us did the sensible thing and drank tequila in the garden, but a certain group engaged in a game that involved soaking each other with water pistols or balloons full of water. The aim seemed to be to drench other players and emerge as the only one left.This meant that players were never safe. They could be going about their business, buying food or heading to the computer room to send newfangled “emails” and could be assailed at…

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It would be easy to assume that Klarna chief executive Sebastian Siemiatkowski is feeling downbeat after the company’s first large-scale job cuts, reports of a big fall in its valuation and general questioning of its buy now, pay later business model.But although he admitted to being “quite exhausted” by recent events, the 40-year-old chief executive and co-founder of Europe’s most valuable private tech business also insisted: “I’m very, very optimistic.”Klarna polarises like few other businesses. Critics say it encourages vulnerable consumers — often young people — to buy things they do not need with money they do not have. To…

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It’s the fate of all radical art to eventually morph into the mundane and mass-produced, but it’s still impressive just how quickly non-fungible tokens have tracked this well-established course. Exhibit number 23,458 is a set of “Fat Cat” NFTs up for sale later this year (and yes, that Feline Times logo looks familiar to us, too): 🌟LONDON FAT CATS OPEN WORLD’S FIRST #NFT PRIVATE MEMBERS’ CLUB | The Coin Club is focused around the utility for our members in the #Crypto Community as a high-end space | Only by holding one of the Fat Cat #NFTs can you gain access to this exclusive…

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The last few years have been incredibly hard for almost everyone, so now that summer is about here, it’s a good idea to step outside and decompress a bit with whatever activity suits you best — whether it’s a favorite sport, a long hike, overnight camping, bird-watching, bicycling, or just sitting on a beach and watching the waves come in. As we’ve done for the last couple of years, we asked some of our colleagues from The Verge what they were planning to take with them in their outdoor escapes. Here are some of their recommendations, including outdoor tech, camera…

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