U.S. interest payments on its debt are set to exceed defense spending. Should we be worried?

Americans are familiar with the impact of higher interest rates, which are making it more expensive to carry credit card debt or buy homes and cars. But the federal government is also getting walloped: Spending on interest on U.S. debt is now the fastest growing part of the budget, and even projected to overtake national spending on defense this year. Federal spending on interest payments is forecast to hit $870 billion this year — exceeding the $822 billion that the nation will spend on defense in 2024, according to a…

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Meet the boss of Timpson paying for his staff to fix their ‘ruined’ teeth | Books | Entertainment

James Timpson, right, with his father Sir John Timpson (Image: John Gladwin / Reach Plc) James Timpson is reading an email from one of his shop managers, asking for a second-hand car and a prom dress for their daughter. This might seem unusual for the CEO of a business turning over nearly £300million and employing more than 5,500 staff in 2,100 locations. But neither James nor his firm are exactly run-of-the-mill. As well as operating Britain’s biggest service retailer, rightly famous for pioneering jobs for ex-offenders, the 52-year-old is also…

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UK music industry pressures Jeremy Hunt to cut VAT in Spring Budget | UK | News

The UK’s music industry is urging Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to slash VAT in the Budget to bring it into line with other European countries and throw the beleaguered sector a “vital lifeline” to help save closure-threatened venues. Ahead of this weekend’s glittering Brit Awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena, UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has thrown the spotlight on the ecosystem that creates our world-conquering superstars and supercharges the economy to the tune of over £10bn annually. The UK currently has the third highest VAT rate on tickets…

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U.S. measles cases rise to 41, as CDC tallies infections now in 16 states

At least 41 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. across 16 states so far this year, according to new weekly figures published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is up from 35 cases in 15 states reported to the CDC, as of Feb. 22. Michigan is the new state now included in CDC’s tally. The figures mark one of the steepest increases in recent history of the virus at this time of the year. It comes as experts worry the country could face…

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Dune is a snarling cinematic beast of jaw-dropping scale and ambition – Review | Films | Entertainment

Some films plead politely to be seen on a big screen but can have just as much impact in the intimate setting of a home cinema. Others, like Titanic, Avatar, Gravity and Oppenheimer bellow for the largest screen. With a sound system cranked up to that sweet spot, you can feel every orchestral bassline and on-screen explosion pass like a shockwave through the cinema floor into the marrow of your bones. Dune: Part Two is one of those snarling cinematic beasts of jaw-dropping scale and ambition. Composer Hans Zimmer’s score…

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Exclusive discounts from CBS Mornings Deals – CBS News Watch CBS News On this edition of CBS Mornings Deals, actor and entrepreneur Gabrielle Union along with her business partner tell us all about their hair care line.Visit cbsdeals.com to take advantage of these exclusive deals today. CBS earns commissions on purchases made through cbsdeals.com. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

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Tom Hardy posts Venom 3 set photo with major Spider-Man No Way Home connection | Films | Entertainment

Venom 3 is set to hit cinemas later this year and Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock has been on quite the multiversal journey. In the end credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, he decides to take a holiday in Mexico where Venom tells him there are other universes. Suddenly the pair are transported from their reality to the MCU where they watch J Jonah Jameson on TV revealing Spider-Man’s identity as Peter Parker; in a scene from the end credits of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Venom didn’t show up…

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Texas Panhandle wildfires leave “dead animals everywhere” as agricultural commissioner predicts 10,000 dead cattle

The historic wildfires ravaging the Texas Panhandle aren’t just destroying homes. Officials say the fires are devasting the agricultural community – a vital component of the state – and leaving “dead animals everywhere” as farms and ranches take massive losses.  Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson of the state’s 13th District said in a video update on Wednesday that after viewing the impact of the fires from a helicopter across several counties, “the damage is much worse than what is being reported.”  Since Wednesday, the most prominent of the active fires, the…

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Frameless Lates is open now, but not for long | Theatre | Entertainment

Frameless has become one of London’s most sought-after events over the past year. The state-of-the-art exhibition shows off some of the world’s latest and greatest art pieces in a unique and enthralling frameless scenario. While this incredible installation at Marble Arch has remained a daily adventure for many months, it has just opened up a brand new evening exhibition with help from the Royal College of Art (RCA). Frameless Lates kicks off from today, March 1, 2024, and will run until May 31, 2024. This special Frameless exhibition is an…

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Bernie Sanders says there cannot be “a long-term peace settlement” in Gaza with Hamas in power

Bernie Sanders says there cannot be “a long-term peace settlement” in Gaza with Hamas in power – CBS News Watch CBS News Sen. Bernie Sanders joins “CBS Mornings” for a conversation about the Israel–Hamas war, the 2024 presidential race and the crisis at the border. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

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