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America Should Rethink Its Commitments to Allies AMERICA SHOULD RETHINK ITS COMMITMENTS TO ALLIES

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Jul 14, 2019

Washington is demands toward North Korea and Iran have one important feature in common. In both cases, U.S. officials in multiple administrations have insisted that America is adversary renounce any ambition to possess nuclear weapons or a significant ballistic missile capability. The underlying ass...

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Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: June 2019 CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT ON NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS: JUNE 2019

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Jul 12, 2019

In July 2017, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of June 2019. It includes public perceptions of government institutions and of the two major political parties&...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks on Supporting the Passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON SUPPORTING THE PASSAGE OF THE US-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT

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Jul 12, 2019

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Supporting the Passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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President Trump Hosts A Social Media Summit PRESIDENT TRUMP HOSTS A SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT

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Jul 12, 2019

President Donald Trump kicked off his Thursday morning by doing what he does best: tweeting. Amid a sea of missives, which ranged from attacks on the "Fake News Media" to the Mueller Report, he said it would be "a big and exciting day at the White House for Social Media."

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Health care is an opportunity and liability for both parties in 2020 HEALTH CARE IS AN OPPORTUNITY AND LIABILITY FOR BOTH PARTIES IN 2020

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Jul 12, 2019

One of the central policy debates of the 2020 presidential contest will be health care. Democratic candidates and President Donald Trump have firm, yet divergent positions on a plethora of specific issues related to individuals access to health care. However, despite each party having the opportunit...

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New Rules for Attracting and Retaining Government Talent NEW RULES FOR ATTRACTING AND RETAINING GOVERNMENT TALENT

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Jul 11, 2019

Government leaders must partner with employees to help them develop their careers in ways that also support the agency’s mission, especially in a tight job market that gives employees plenty of options.

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President Trump Delivers Remarks on Citizenship and the Census PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON CITIZENSHIP AND THE CENSUS

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Jul 11, 2019

President Donald Trump will announce Thursday how his administration will pursue adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

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For Big Pharma, the revolving door keeps spinning FOR BIG PHARMA, THE REVOLVING DOOR KEEPS SPINNING

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Jul 11, 2019

Americans know that when lobbyists run our government, the wealthy and connected benefit most. Since President Trump took office, the “swamp” he promised to drain has only deepened. The president has filled key White House and Cabinet positions with his own wealthy donors and friends. Bu...

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Trump’s Tax Returns TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS

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Jul 11, 2019

You may be aware of the attempts by Democrats in the House of Representatives to obtain President Trump’s tax returns, which they claim here is to see if the returns were properly audited and enforced by the IRS. I am confident that the president’s tax returns run hundreds if not thousan...

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PFAS Amendments Form a Blueprint for Remedying National Toxic Threat PFAS AMENDMENTS FORM A BLUEPRINT FOR REMEDYING NATIONAL TOXIC THREAT

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Jul 11, 2019

The House of Representatives will vote today on the inclusion of several PFAS-related amendments to the House National Defense Authorization Act that will help us to understand the extent of the PFAS public health threat and its health impacts, limit current PFAS pollution, and clean up legacy conta...

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4 Ways Local Lawmakers Are Stepping Up as Federal Regulators Step Back 4 WAYS LOCAL LAWMAKERS ARE STEPPING UP AS FEDERAL REGULATORS STEP BACK

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Jul 11, 2019

Discover four times local lawmakers stepped in when federal regulations lagged. During the current slow-down of federal labor law regulations, we’re seeing a swell of changes on the local level. This added layer of regulatory activity creates more complexity for employers.

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How Government Can Unleash the Power of Data and Analytics HOW GOVERNMENT CAN UNLEASH THE POWER OF DATA AND ANALYTICS

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Jul 11, 2019

State and local governments routinely collect and store large volumes of data that potentially can help improve citizen services and make organizations run more efficiently. Unfortunately, for a host of reasons, much of this valuable information hasn’t been fully analyzed or acted upon, repres...

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A Platform to Power Government A PLATFORM TO POWER GOVERNMENT

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Jul 10, 2019

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is a pioneer of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and has developed more than 20 Salesforce apps and demonstrated their success to at least 23 different state and local government and education entities. This approach has allowed the state to rapidly de...

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The Trump Administration’s Proposed “Mixed Status” Housing Rule Is Another Form of Family Separation THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSED “MIXED STATUS” HOUSING RULE IS ANOTHER FORM OF FAMILY SEPARATION

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Jul 10, 2019

The world has watched in horror as migrant families have been forcibly separated, placed into camps, and subjected to the cruel conditions of detention, as part of the Trump administration’s sustained assault on immigrant rights. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) pr...

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It IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO END THE TRADE WAR

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Jul 10, 2019

The Trump administration’s foundational belief is that raising tariffs will force any other nation to the table and get a better deal for the U.S. But from the tariffs on imported aluminum and steel in March 2018 to the escalating tariffs with China launched in July 2018 and beyond there have ...

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NY Times Warns Pompeo NY TIMES WARNS POMPEO'S HUMAN RIGHTS PANEL SABOTAGED BY HIS FAITH

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Jul 10, 2019

The New York Times wrung its hands over Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is review of the U.S. government is international human rights policy, using his Christian faith against him while using the most liberal definition of human rights to try and paint the Trump administration as reactionary and ant...

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U.S. Government Could Max Out Its Credit by Early September U.S. GOVERNMENT COULD MAX OUT ITS CREDIT BY EARLY SEPTEMBER

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Jul 10, 2019

If things go as analysts at the Bipartisan Policy Center expect, the U.S. government will face a heightened risk of defaulting on its $22 trillion debt in early September. That is when the extraordinary measures employed by the Treasury Department, designed to keep the nation is total public debt ou...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks and Signs an Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AND SIGNS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ADVANCING AMERICAN KIDNEY HEALTH

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Jul 10, 2019

President Trump addresses an Advancing American Kidney Health event, followed by the signing of an executive order.

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Transforming government with cloud technologies TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT WITH CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES

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Jul 09, 2019

The cloud is ubiquitous. Whether we think about it consciously or not, almost all of us are using cloud services. That could be a music service such as Spotify, storage such as Dropbox, communications via Gmail, or a software-as-a-service application such as Salesforce. Cloud services touch all of o...

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What the British Government Really Thinks WHAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT REALLY THINKS

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Jul 09, 2019

A gaffe is when a politician recklessly tells the truth, Michael Kinsley once said. Sir Kim Darroch is not a politician. He is a diplomat. And the truth he spoke was not a gaffe. It was a leak. But it functions like a gaffe, a truth blurted out in a context in which it wasn’t supposed to be ut...

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WHAT MATTERS TO CANADIAN YOUTH? WHAT MATTERS TO CANADIAN YOUTH?

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Jul 09, 2019

At the 2019 Youth Summit in Ottawa, we asked the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, “What do you want to know about your generation?” We compiled data on the topics of most interest.

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Synthetic Identity Fraud in the U.S. Payment System SYNTHETIC IDENTITY FRAUD IN THE U.S. PAYMENT SYSTEM

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Jul 09, 2019

The U.S. payment system faces dynamic, persistent and rapidly escalating threats as technological developments in cybercrime make it easier than ever to commit payments fraud. Since 2015, the Federal Reserve has collaborated with a wide array of industry stakeholders to advance U.S. payments securit...

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President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Housing Development PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

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Jul 09, 2019

President Trump has signed an executive order to help remove barriers to affordable housing development, making it easier for all Americans to find a home.

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Amir of the State of Qatar PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE AMIR OF THE STATE OF QATAR

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Jul 09, 2019

President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Amir of the State of Qatar.

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Kamala Harris supports segregation by supporting Israel KAMALA HARRIS SUPPORTS SEGREGATION BY SUPPORTING ISRAEL

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Jul 09, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris earned a big bump in the polls and gained credibility as a serious presidential contender after the first Democratic candidates debate last month. Much attention focused on her admonishing Joe Biden over the former vice president is praise for racists and history of opposition ...

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Senate Democrat releasing book on Trump admin SENATE DEMOCRAT RELEASING BOOK ON TRUMP ADMIN'S TREATMENT OF MIGRANTS AT BORDER

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Jul 09, 2019

Sen. Jeff Merkley is releasing a book on the treatment of refugees at the border next month, his publisher announced Tuesday. Titled America Is Better than This Trump is War Against Migrant Families, the book is described by Grand Central Publishing as a cry of outrage at the cruelty and chaos the T...

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Democratic Presidential Debates Underscore the Role of Reproductive Rights in the 2020 Election DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES UNDERSCORE THE ROLE OF REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN THE 2020 ELECTION

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Jul 09, 2019

After a wave of restrictive abortion bans were passed in the South and Midwest, several Democratic presidential candidates put their commitment to reproductive rights front and center in their campaign platforms. While Roe v. Wade makes clear that bans like these are unconstitutional, these latest a...

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How the Trump Administration Is Torpedoing Climate Science HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS TORPEDOING CLIMATE SCIENCE

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Jul 09, 2019

Climate change is here, bringing extreme heat, extreme precipitation, flooding, wildfire, drought, more powerful storms and more. These and other manifestations of climate change, past and future, as well as their societal consequences, are described in the latest National Climate Assessment (NCA), ...

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President Trump Visits South Korea PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS SOUTH KOREA

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Jul 08, 2019

President Donald J. Trump visits American and South Korean troops at the Korean Demilitarized Zone with South Korean President lvloon Jae-in.

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Disruption in Federal Contracting DISRUPTION IN FEDERAL CONTRACTING

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Jul 08, 2019

As the White House and federal agencies push to modernize and become more agile, the contracting environment is shifting to favor those better positioned to compete for multiple, smaller task orders – leaving incumbents to face tougher competition for remaining large opportunities and necessit...

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Fixing Democracy Infographic Series FIXING DEMOCRACY INFOGRAPHIC SERIES

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Jul 08, 2019

FairVote's Fixing Democracy series explores the roots of the most serious problems plagueing American congressional elections and how these problems can be solved. The three infographics below address the gridlock and polarization in Congress, the bias in congressional elections that has given o...

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Speaker Pelosi, seize the moment to make history on drug pricing SPEAKER PELOSI, SEIZE THE MOMENT TO MAKE HISTORY ON DRUG PRICING

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Jul 08, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent her entire life immersed in the Democratic Party, so she knows well the history of its leaders most momentous legislative accomplishments. Minor tweaks to a broken status quo are not on that list. President Franklin Roosevelt is New Deal is on the list. So is the...

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Senate to be briefed on election security Wednesday SENATE TO BE BRIEFED ON ELECTION SECURITY WEDNESDAY

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Jul 08, 2019

The Senate will get an election security briefing on Wednesday, as Democrats clamor for Congress to pass new legislation ahead of the 2020 election. Senators will have a closed door meeting with Trump administration officials, including briefers from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the ...

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Trump and Kim can’t fix the US-North Korea problem on their own TRUMP AND KIM CAN’T FIX THE US-NORTH KOREA PROBLEM ON THEIR OWN

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Jul 08, 2019

President Trump, in keeping with his personal brand of diplomacy, had tweeted an offer to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) just to “say hello.” Trump was on the Korean Peninsula over the weekend for a summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae...

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Trump Administration Decides to Retry Good Samaritan Scott Warren TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DECIDES TO RETRY GOOD SAMARITAN SCOTT WARREN

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Jul 08, 2019

I missed this last week, but federal prosecutors have decided to retry Scott Warren, a good Samaritan who works with No More Deaths to provide food, water and medical care to immigrants, after a jury failed to convict him the first time. Once again, if he’s convicted he faces up to 10 years in...

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President Trump Attends a Dinner Hosted By the Secretary of Treasury In Honor of the Amir of Qatar PRESIDENT TRUMP ATTENDS A DINNER HOSTED BY THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY IN HONOR OF THE AMIR OF QATAR

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Jul 08, 2019

President Trump dined with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft Monday night, less than five months after the billionaire businessman was charged as part of a South Florida prostitution investigation.

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Ivanka Trump Recaps WGDP at the 2019 G20 Summit IVANKA TRUMP RECAPS WGDP AT THE 2019 G20 SUMMIT

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Jul 08, 2019

The glaring disconnect between how President Donald Trump views his daughter’s diplomatic skills and how the rest of the world sees them came to a very public head this weekend thanks to a viral, cringeworthy of Ivanka Trump attempting to interact with world leaders at the G20 in Japan.

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2020 Vision: Election Security in the Age of Committed Foreign Threats 2020 VISION: ELECTION SECURITY IN THE AGE OF COMMITTED FOREIGN THREATS

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Jul 08, 2019

The entire national security establishment admonishes that threats to our election infrastructure are real. Foreign governments, foreign non-state actors, and domestic troublemakers have the capacity and desire to corrode the essential public belief that our election outcomes are true and reliable. ...

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How To Become President Of The United States Poster HOW TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES POSTER

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Jul 08, 2019

An election for president of the United States happens every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The next presidential election will be November 3, 2020.

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Congress back with lots to do, but little time for action CONGRESS BACK WITH LOTS TO DO, BUT LITTLE TIME FOR ACTION

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Jul 08, 2019

Lawmakers in the House and Senate return to Capitol Hill this week still facing a series of thorny political issues which have no obvious solutions, including how much money to spend for the government next year, what to do about President Trump is demands for action on illegal immigration, and a sc...

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SiriusDecisions B-to-B Fundamentals with Elisabeth Medaris SIRIUSDECISIONS B-TO-B FUNDAMENTALS WITH ELISABETH MEDARIS

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Jul 08, 2019

At SiriusDecisions, we’ve created a b-to-b fundamentals course to help you build a strong foundation of knowledge and develop meaningful, ongoing relationships with customers.

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The SiriusDecisions B-to-B Buying Decision Process Framework THE SIRIUSDECISIONS B-TO-B BUYING DECISION PROCESS FRAMEWORK

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Jul 08, 2019

Decisionmaking is a cognitive process defined by psychologists as the selection of a course of action from multiple alternatives (e.g. what to eat, where to shop). John Dewey, the pragmatic philosopher and psychologist, introduced the first decision process framework for consumer buying in his book ...

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The Most Important Metric for Sales Leaders in Subscription Businesses to Track and Use to Drive Revenue Growth THE MOST IMPORTANT METRIC FOR SALES LEADERS IN SUBSCRIPTION BUSINESSES TO TRACK AND USE TO DRIVE REVENUE GROWTH

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Jul 08, 2019

Subscription businesses that charge customers monthly for using their offerings are expanding rapidly in response to consumers’ and b-to-b buyers’ desire to try a product and walk away easily if they’re not achieving the expected value. However, the subscription-based business mode...

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The SiriusDecisions B-to-B Marketing Automation Study Infographic THE SIRIUSDECISIONS B-TO-B MARKETING AUTOMATION STUDY INFOGRAPHIC

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Jul 08, 2019

Does the organization have a valid and agreed-upon process of what its revenue engine looks like?  Is the marketing function speaking the same language as the sales team? Or are they focusing only on the lead when sales is more interested in pre-qualified, early-stage opportunities? How can sal...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks Upon Departure PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS UPON DEPARTURE

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Jul 07, 2019

The Greatest President of our lifetime talks to the press, as he ALWAYS does before jumping on Air Force 1. He works harder than every President we have ever had.  America is blessed to have this man in the White House.

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Most Sunday shows ignore Trump efforts to force citizenship question on census despite Supreme Court ruling MOST SUNDAY SHOWS IGNORE TRUMP EFFORTS TO FORCE CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON CENSUS DESPITE SUPREME COURT RULING

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Jul 07, 2019

The Supreme Court ruled on June 27 that the Trump administration gave “contrived reasons” for the citizenship question, demanding that the administration “offer genuine justifications” for it first. Despite the ruling, Trump tweeted that he was “absolutely moving forwar...

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Could Nigel Farage be the next British Ambassador to the US? COULD NIGEL FARAGE BE THE NEXT BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE US?

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Jul 07, 2019

Leaked diplomatic cables are a hoot, aren’t they? The Mail on Sunday’s big scoop shows that Britain’s man in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, has been briefing his government about President Donald Trump in much the same way as the average American news pundit on TV on speaks to his or...

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Salute to America 2019 - Lincoln Memorial SALUTE TO AMERICA 2019 - LINCOLN MEMORIAL

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Jul 05, 2019

President Donald Trump hosted a Fourth of July event Thursday called Salute to America. Despite some reports you might have seen on Twitter saying that almost no one attended, the attendance was actually quite significant.

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Weekly pay rates in the Irish Defence Forces WEEKLY PAY RATES IN THE IRISH DEFENCE FORCES

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Jul 05, 2019

The Irish government has been strongly criticised in recent years for the poor salary levels in the Irish Defence Forces which has prompted an exodus in personnel. Members of the Defence Forces have been struggling to pay their rent and support their families with the poor pay levels even forcing so...

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Do American DO AMERICAN'S APPROVE OF TRUMP'S 4TH OF JULY PLANS?

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Jul 04, 2019

The annual Independence Day celebrations are certainly going to look different this year with President Trump promising 2019 is going to be "the show of a lifetime". Trump is going to hold a speech from the Lincoln Memorial while there will be a military parade featuring armoured vehicles ...

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'GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT' RULE PROVIDES LESSON ON DEVELOPING POLICIES THAT STICK

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Jul 04, 2019

On June 28, the Department of Education rescinded gainful employment regulations, which was one of the most controversial and litigated of President Obama is higher education agenda. It is ironic that in a time when Republicans and Democrats agree on so few issues, the one issue where there is bipar...

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The citizenship question is off the census. Who wins? THE CITIZENSHIP QUESTION IS OFF THE CENSUS. WHO WINS?

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Jul 03, 2019

The 4th of July brings welcome news for all who look to a fair and accurate U.S. census as a pillar of our representative government. Despite last week’s Supreme Court’s decision to push the “citizenship question” issue down to lower courts for further ruling and President Tr...

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SinoTech: Xi and Trump Agree to Restart Trade Talks SINOTECH: XI AND TRUMP AGREE TO RESTART TRADE TALKS

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Jul 03, 2019

On June 29, President Trump held a press conference in Osaka, Japan, to review key issues discussed with his fellow world leaders at the G-20 summit, focusing much of his speech on his discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Most significantly, Trump announced that U.S. and Chinese officials ...

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Senate GOP raises concerns about White House stopgap plan to avoid shutdown SENATE GOP RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT WHITE HOUSE STOPGAP PLAN TO AVOID SHUTDOWN

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Jul 03, 2019

Senate Republicans raised concerns about a White House offer to use a one year stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown starting in October if negotiators fail to reach a larger budget deal. Sen. Dave Perdue spearheaded a letter from 16 Republican senators Wednesday warning that a one yea...

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U.S. government staff told to treat Huawei as blacklisted U.S. GOVERNMENT STAFF TOLD TO TREAT HUAWEI AS BLACKLISTED

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Jul 03, 2019

A senior U.S. official told the Commerce Department’s enforcement staff this week that China’s Huawei should still be treated as blacklisted, days after U.S. President Donald Trump sowed confusion with a vow to ease a ban on sales to the firm. Trump surprised markets on Saturday by promi...

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Census 2020: Important Ruling for Democracy CENSUS 2020: IMPORTANT RULING FOR DEMOCRACY

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Jul 02, 2019

Summer break is here for the Supreme Court, but just before the nine justices hung up their robes they passed the hotly contested and anticipated 2020 census ruling. The Supreme Court ruled that requiring a citizenship question on the 2020 census does, in fact, violate minority rights, and therefore...

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Who’s pretending to be the government now? WHO’S PRETENDING TO BE THE GOVERNMENT NOW?

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Jul 01, 2019

The FTC’s latest Data Spotlight shows the surge in reports about government imposters. You know about the Social Security Administration (SSA) imposters who claim that your Social Security number has been linked to “criminal activity” and ask you to provide some information or mone...

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The Greatest Show on Earth: Trump THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH: TRUMP'S TRADE TALKS WITH CHINA

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Jul 01, 2019

Chinese officials are confident in their nation’s rise, but are nervous about China’s deteriorating relationship with the United States. Most of them are aware of America’s strengths and their nation’s weaknesses and have no interest in conflict. Left unsaid, but too obvious ...

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President Trump meets Chairman Kim at the DMZ PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS CHAIRMAN KIM AT THE DMZ

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Jul 01, 2019

This weekend President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot inside of North Korea, a country the United States has not yet reconciled with since a ceasefire ended the Korean War in 1953. Trump heralded the meeting as “wonderful” and an “honor.”

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What the US and China each got out of the Trump-Xi meeting in Japan WHAT THE US AND CHINA EACH GOT OUT OF THE TRUMP-XI MEETING IN JAPAN

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Jul 01, 2019

Presidents Trump and Xi met on June 29, on the margins of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, continuing the practice of holding leader-level meetings at multilateral events whenever both the U.S. and Chinese leaders are present. Authoritative Chinese readouts of the meeting from official media have be...

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President Trump Attends the G20 Osaka Summit PRESIDENT TRUMP ATTENDS THE G20 OSAKA SUMMIT

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Jul 01, 2019

President Donald Trump traveled to the Japanese city of Osaka for the annual G20 summit with a lot on his plate. He met with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the yearlong trade war stalls.

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China lowers tariffs for America’s trade rivals CHINA LOWERS TARIFFS FOR AMERICA’S TRADE RIVALS

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Jul 01, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has led President Xi Jinping to cut “most favoured nation” (MFN) tariffs for Washington’s commercial rivals while giving them improved access to China’s 1.4 billion consumers. Between January 2018 and June 2019, China&r...

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President Trump Participates in a Signing Ceremony for H.R. 3151, The Taxpayer First Act PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A SIGNING CEREMONY FOR H.R. 3151, THE TAXPAYER FIRST ACT

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Jul 01, 2019

President Donald Trump will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, receive his daily briefing and sign H.R. 3151, the Taxpayer First Act.

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President Trump Visits Osan Air Base in South Korea PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS OSAN AIR BASE IN SOUTH KOREA

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Jul 01, 2019

President Trump on Sunday told airmen in South Korea that he wants the Air Force to hold on to the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft.

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A Financial Statecraft Strategy for the United States to Address the Rise of China A FINANCIAL STATECRAFT STRATEGY FOR THE UNITED STATES TO ADDRESS THE RISE OF CHINA

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Jul 01, 2019

For the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States finds itself in a great power competition, this time with China. In the post World War II era, this competition has many more, and more sophisticated, financial battlefields than in the past. In the field of sanctions, there ar...

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12 U.S. States Are Boosting Their Gasoline Tax Today 12 U.S. STATES ARE BOOSTING THEIR GASOLINE TAX TODAY

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Jul 01, 2019

Today, gasoline taxes are rising in a dozen U.S. states. The increase is particularly notable in Illinois given that the state hasn't altered its gas tax since 1990. It's bumping its gas tax by 19 cents to 38 cents a gallon. California is also among the states with increases and taxes in the...

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President Trump Participates in a Working Lunch with the President of the Republic of Korea PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A WORKING LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA

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Jun 30, 2019

President Trump Participates in a Working Lunch with the President of the Republic of Korea.

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The Trudeau government will do anything to keep Donald Trump happy THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT WILL DO ANYTHING TO KEEP DONALD TRUMP HAPPY

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Jun 30, 2019

From the sublime to the ridiculous, it would appear, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government will do anything to keep Donald Trump sweet. Consider the dissimilar cases of Meng Wanzhou and Stephanie Clifford. The first we won't allow to leave Canada, the second we won't allow to visit....

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President Trump Participates in a Meet and Greet with US and Republic of Korea Service Members PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A MEET AND GREET WITH US AND REPUBLIC OF KOREA SERVICE MEMBERS

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Jun 30, 2019

President Trump Participates in a Meet and Greet with US and Republic of Korea Service Members.

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The Case for Optimism After the Trump-Kim Handshake Summit THE CASE FOR OPTIMISM AFTER THE TRUMP-KIM HANDSHAKE SUMMIT

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Jun 30, 2019

President Donald Trump secured another historic first in U.S. North Korea relations earlier today when he crossed into North Korean territory at Panmunjom before a brief meeting with Kim Jong un. The impromptu meeting planned in less than two days after Trump tweeted about wanting to meet with Kim e...

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The 1985 Case That Sets the Rules for How Government Can Treat Migrant Children THE 1985 CASE THAT SETS THE RULES FOR HOW GOVERNMENT CAN TREAT MIGRANT CHILDREN

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Jun 28, 2019

What are the basic rules that determine how immigrant children are treated in U.S. immigration detention? The Trump administration’s detention of migrant children in poor conditions along the U.S./Mexico border has repeatedly raised this question. The answer is a decades-old court case known a...

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Mexican government accused of doing little to help US asylum seekers MEXICAN GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF DOING LITTLE TO HELP US ASYLUM SEEKERS

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Jun 28, 2019

Mexico's president has written to the other G20 leaders to urge them to address the Central American migration crisis. Mexico is already giving refuge to more than 14,000 Central Americans which the US sent back across the border while it processes their asylum requests. This new and controversi...

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Most Searched: Before/After the 2nd Democratic Debate MOST SEARCHED: BEFORE/AFTER THE 2ND DEMOCRATIC DEBATE

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Jun 28, 2019

The second televised Democratic debate, involving the final ten 2020 candidates that qualified to take part, took place last night in Miami. The two candidates leading in the poll, Biden and Sanders both took to the stage and it was indeed this pair that got the most attention on Google before the d...

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of Turkey PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY

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Jun 28, 2019

President Trump said he is considering ways to resolve a problematic situation borne out of Turkey’s decision to purchase advanced Russian air-defense missile systems the Pentagon regards as a threat to North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s security.

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G20 Summit: Defining the future of global free trade G20 SUMMIT: DEFINING THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL FREE TRADE

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Jun 27, 2019

At the summit, the world leaders are to stand against U.S. President Donald Trump’s "America First" policy by espousing a vision of "more free trade".

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Chancellor of Germany PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY

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Jun 27, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday would cover a wide range of topics including trade, investments, West Africa, counter-terrorism and Iran.

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A Message from Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran A MESSAGE FROM BRIAN HOOK, U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR IRAN

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Jun 27, 2019

A Message from Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran.

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The Trump-Xi Summit and Beyond THE TRUMP-XI SUMMIT AND BEYOND

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Jun 27, 2019

It would be comforting to believe that an agreement between the United States and China that deescalates the current trade war and resolves a number of key problems between the two would restore tranquility and mutual harmony. But history tells us that frictions and occasional disputes between a ris...

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Political interference at DOJ threatens the rule of law, and Congress needs to act POLITICAL INTERFERENCE AT DOJ THREATENS THE RULE OF LAW, AND CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT

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Jun 27, 2019

The depredations of the Nixon era led to a new norm in federal law enforcement that has been followed for most of the last half century the White House stays out of the Department of Justice is legal business. Every new administration including President Trump is has established policies that limit ...

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The Birkenbihl-Approach to Language Learning THE BIRKENBIHL-APPROACH TO LANGUAGE LEARNING

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Jun 27, 2019

Learners experience difficulties because even if vocabulary has been learned well, the words have been learned as individual units (e.g. “put” with several possible translations into the native tongue of learner) while now in context only one of these possibilities describes the meaning....

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BIRKENBIHL APPROACH: BRAIN FRIENDLY ACCELERATED LANGUAGE LEARNING BIRKENBIHL APPROACH: BRAIN FRIENDLY ACCELERATED LANGUAGE LEARNING

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Jun 27, 2019

Learners are supposed to pronounce right from the start. Either during the learning of vocabulary or during class (speaking the target language from the first moment). While this approach is believed to be particularly “modern” it is not brain-friendly. Consider that babies listen to lan...

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The Birkenbihl Approach of learing THE BIRKENBIHL APPROACH OF LEARING

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Jun 27, 2019

In the following video, Vera F. Birkenbihl and Katharina Schaffer, describe the 4 steps of brain-friendly language learning according to Birkenbihl, namely: De-Coding, Active Listening, Passive Listening and Activities.

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Easy Language Learning by Vera F. Birkenbihl – The Decoding Method EASY LANGUAGE LEARNING BY VERA F. BIRKENBIHL – THE DECODING METHOD

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Jun 27, 2019

Forget about cramming vocabulary: the best way to learn a language is by using decoding exercises. Translate a German sentence word-by-word into your native language – thus you will learn the word’s meaning as well as the language’s grammar. Decoding means to “decipher”...

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Evaluation of Diversity in Democracy: EVALUATION OF DIVERSITY IN DEMOCRACY:

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Jun 26, 2019

The Diversity in Democracy (DiD) Programme ran from July 2014 to March 2017 and was funded and delivered by the Welsh Government.

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President Trump Delivers a Statement Upon Departure PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS A STATEMENT UPON DEPARTURE

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Jun 26, 2019

President Trump Delivers a Statement Upon Departure. President Trump Speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition 2019 Road to Majority Policy Conference.

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Who Is Considered Electable? WHO IS CONSIDERED ELECTABLE?

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Jun 26, 2019

While most major polls show former Vice President Joe Biden the clear leader in the pack of 24 DNC primary candidates, Biden’s nearly 10-point lead against his closest competitors becomes non-existent when the question of electability gets taken out of the equation. Avalanche Strategy asked re...

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Can Xi and Trump Pause their Trade War in Osaka? CAN XI AND TRUMP PAUSE THEIR TRADE WAR IN OSAKA?

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Jun 26, 2019

US President Donald J. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may agree to a temporary ceasefire in their ongoing trade war when they meet in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, but a full trade deal is unlikely, according to Bart Oosterveld, C. Boyden Gray fellow on global finance and growth and director of ...

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Jared Kushner Recaps the Peace to Prosperity Summit in Bahrain JARED KUSHNER RECAPS THE PEACE TO PROSPERITY SUMMIT IN BAHRAIN

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Jun 26, 2019

In a rare interview, senior Trump administration adviser Jared Kushner spoke about his involvement in the Middle East peace process and what the administration hopes to accomplish.

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No Spending Growth Restraint in Sight on Capitol Hill NO SPENDING GROWTH RESTRAINT IN SIGHT ON CAPITOL HILL

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Jun 26, 2019

Earlier this year the White House indicated that the U.S. government would spend over $4.5 trillion dollars by the end of the U.S. government is 2019 fiscal year on September 30, 2019. Unless something changes dramatically over the next three months the government is latest Monthly Treasury Statemen...

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Sharp Increase In H-1B Visa Denials SHARP INCREASE IN H-1B VISA DENIALS

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Jun 26, 2019

H-1B visa petitions for intitial (new) employment in the U.S. are being increasingly denied. That's according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis found that the denial rate nationwide grew from 6 percent in FY2015 to to 32 percent in FY2019.

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China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States CHINA’S ECONOMIC RISE: HISTORY, TRENDS, CHALLENGES, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES

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Jun 25, 2019

Prior to the initiation of economic reforms and trade liberalization nearly 40 years ago, China maintained policies that kept the economy very poor, stagnant, centrally controlled, vastly inefficient, and relatively isolated from the global economy. Since opening up to foreign trade and investment a...

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Can Trump Cut the Office of Personnel Management, or Any Federal Agency? CAN TRUMP CUT THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, OR ANY FEDERAL AGENCY?

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Jun 25, 2019

“Trump administration officials have put the Office of Personnel Management on the chopping block,” Fox News reports, “in an ambitious but controversial bid to reorganize the federal government.” OPM employees could be sent home “if Congress will not agree to their plan...

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President Trump Presents the Medal of Honor PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESENTS THE MEDAL OF HONOR

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Jun 25, 2019

President Trump presented the Medal of Honor on Tuesday to former Army Staff Sgt. President Trump said Bellavia demonstrated "exceptional courage to protect his men and defend this nation.

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Time for Congress to shut the door on President Trump TIME FOR CONGRESS TO SHUT THE DOOR ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RADICAL OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN

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Jun 25, 2019

Last week the House of Representatives voted on several measures that would protect our coasts from offshore drilling. These amendments prevent federal dollars from being spent to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean Pacific Ocean and off Floridas Gulf coast. The strong bipartisan votes cu...

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Rent Is Becoming Unaffordable For Many U.S. Workers RENT IS BECOMING UNAFFORDABLE FOR MANY U.S. WORKERS

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Jun 25, 2019

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has published its latest "Out of Reach" report which shows that renting is becoming increasingly unaffordable for countless Americans. Its central statistic is the Housing Wage which is an estimate of the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to...

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President Trump Signs an Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in Healthcare PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMPROVING PRICE AND QUALITY TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTHCARE

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Jun 24, 2019

President Trump signed an executive order Monday on price transparency in health care that aims to lower rising health care costs by showing prices to patients.

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This week: Congress set for clash on Trump THIS WEEK: CONGRESS SET FOR CLASH ON TRUMP'S BORDER REQUEST

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Jun 24, 2019

The House and Senate are set to take up competing bills this week that would provide President Trump more than $4.5 billion in new funding tied to the U.S.-Mexico border. The looming clash comes as Congress is expected to leave town at the end of the week for the Fourth of July recess, making it unl...

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Government Employment and Training Programs: Assessing the Evidence on their Performance GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS: ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE ON THEIR PERFORMANCE

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Jun 24, 2019

For the first time since the Government began tracking job openings nearly 20 years ago, there are more job openings in the United States than unemployed people looking for work. In fact, there are over 1.6 million more job openings than unemployed people. Because of the Trump Administration’s...

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President Trump Signs an Executive Order on Iranian Sanctions PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IRANIAN SANCTIONS

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Jun 24, 2019

President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran Monday in part to retaliate after the downing of a US drone last week, with the punitive measures set to target Iran's Supreme Leader, military officials and its top diplomat, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Briefs Reporters TREASURY SECRETARY MNUCHIN BRIEFS REPORTERS

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Jun 24, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin detailed new sanctions on Iran following the recent downing of a U.S. drone and an oil tanker attack in the Gulf of Oman. His comments came right after President Trump signed off on the new sanctions.

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Donald Trump and the Politically Weaponized Executive Branch DONALD TRUMP AND THE POLITICALLY WEAPONIZED EXECUTIVE BRANCH

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Jun 24, 2019

There is no reason to doubt that in seeking reelection President Trump will consider once more breaking or skirting laws or ethical limits to win. He has already proclaimed a willingness to accept campaign support from a foreign government retreating only somewhat under public pressure. He rejected ...

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Why Content for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) WHY CONTENT FOR SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO)

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Jun 24, 2019

If you’re in B2B marketing, I would challenge you to think outside the box and do things that no one else is doing. The higher you can stand, the smaller everyone else seems and the farther you can distance yourself from the competition to show: “Here’s exactly why you need to choo...

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Biggest B2B Marketing Challenges That We See Everyday as an Agency BIGGEST B2B MARKETING CHALLENGES THAT WE SEE EVERYDAY AS AN AGENCY

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Jun 24, 2019

One of the amazing blessings of getting to work at an agency is we get to see over 50 different companies and the challenges that they face. In today’s video, we’re going to talk about the biggest B2B marketing challenges that we see every day as an agency.

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DIRECTIVE CONSULTING PORTFOLIO DIRECTIVE CONSULTING PORTFOLIO

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Jun 24, 2019

We believe that data-driven marketing shouldn’t be confusing. Every company should know what works for their campaigns in order to make more ROI-driven decisions. At Directive, we not only craft customized campaigns for your unique marketing objectives - we exceed those objectives and truly re...

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Could the Breadcrumb Technique Help Boost Your Landing Page Conversions? COULD THE BREADCRUMB TECHNIQUE HELP BOOST YOUR LANDING PAGE CONVERSIONS?

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Jun 24, 2019

We’ve all heard the term “less is more”. And we’ve been told this applies for landing pages too. I.e. your forms should be short and only ask for only the bare minimum of required information if you want to convert. As an example, one of the main questions someone typically h...

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21 Ways to Triple Your B2B E-Commerce Conversions 21 WAYS TO TRIPLE YOUR B2B E-COMMERCE CONVERSIONS

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Jun 24, 2019

It takes thoughtful work to scale an e-commerce store. I’m sure you’ve had a few growing pains of your own getting to the point where you are today. However, you’re reading this because you may not be content with where your conversions are at this precise moment. You may not even ...

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How to Optimize Your Conversion Funnel, from ToFu to BoFu HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR CONVERSION FUNNEL, FROM TOFU TO BOFU

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Jun 24, 2019

No matter who your customer is or what you’re selling, it’s more likely than not that your customer will have to go through several steps before choosing to buy your product or service. Think about your own shopping habits: you don’t just buy the first thing you see. The first thin...

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FedEx sues U.S. government over FEDEX SUES U.S. GOVERNMENT OVER 'IMPOSSIBLE' TASK OF POLICING EXPORTS TO CHINA

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Jun 23, 2019

U.S. parcel delivery firm FedEx Corp on Monday sued the U.S. government, saying it should not be held liable if it inadvertently shipped products that violated a Trump administration ban on exports to some Chinese companies. The move came after FedEx reignited Chinese ire over its business practices...

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The Brexit scorecard THE BREXIT SCORECARD

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Jun 23, 2019

Zhou Enlai famously (albeit apocryphally) declared in 1972 that it was ‘too early to say’ what the impact of the French Revolution had been. It might, then, appear somewhat premature to raise the question as to whether Brexit has been a success. After all, the UK has not left the Europea...

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Lessons From a Year in the CVE Trenches LESSONS FROM A YEAR IN THE CVE TRENCHES

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Jun 23, 2019

A year ago, we, a former jihadi propagandist and the former director of intelligence at the New York City Police Department, launched something brand new in the United States—a homegrown nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated to preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE/...

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THE NATIONAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN: 2019 UPDATE THE NATIONAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN: 2019 UPDATE

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Jun 21, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) holds tremendous promise to benefit nearly all aspects of society, including the economy, healthcare, security, the law, transportation, even technology itself. On February 11, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13859, Maintaining American Leadership in Artificia...

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President Trump and The First Lady Participate in the Congressional Picnic PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PICNIC

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Jun 21, 2019

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed members of Congress and their families to the White House on Friday for a picnic on the first day of summer.

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86TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUMMARY 86TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUMMARY

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Jun 21, 2019

Texans need adequate relief from flooding and protection from future severe weather events. Significant funding is required to improve the state’s flood resilience following Hurricane Harvey and other flood events in recent years. Following and related to Hurricane Harvey, there were three dis...

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Do Americans Support Military Action Against Iran? DO AMERICANS SUPPORT MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN?

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Jun 21, 2019

It has emerged that President Trump approved military strikes against Iran before pulling back at the last minute when planes were in the air and ships were in position. U.S. military and diplomatic officials were expecting strikes against several Iranian radar and missile sites in response to the d...

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7x Increase in Contract Signoff Speed Helps MNPS Purchasing Provide Better Service 7X INCREASE IN CONTRACT SIGNOFF SPEED HELPS MNPS PURCHASING PROVIDE BETTER SERVICE

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Jun 21, 2019

Metro Nashville Public Schools Are Experiencing Quicker Document Turnaround And Cost Savings With DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management Platform. Using manual processes it was taking 85 days on average for the Purchasing Department at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to obtain all si...

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What Republicans Need to Know as We Move Toward the 2020 Election WHAT REPUBLICANS NEED TO KNOW AS WE MOVE TOWARD THE 2020 ELECTION

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Jun 20, 2019

A first step will be “unlearning” every concept you have of “likely voters” in the context of the 2020 campaign. The demographic composition of the electorate will most closely resemble all registered voters, with a likely new record percentage of non-White voters.

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President Trump Welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada to the White House PRESIDENT TRUMP WELCOMES PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU OF CANADA TO THE WHITE HOUSE

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Jun 20, 2019

The Trudeau government’s controversial bill overhauling the approval process for major projects passed the Senate Thursday night, in a vote of 57-37. Bill C-69 will now go to Royal Assent.

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Can Biden hold onto his lead? CAN BIDEN HOLD ONTO HIS LEAD?

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Jun 20, 2019

As the first debate looms, former vice president Joe Biden holds a commanding lead in the race for the Democratic Partys presidential nomination. But unforced errors such as his remarks about segregationist senators James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge threaten the core of his support the African A...

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The Jolt: A generational, geographic test for Joe Biden THE JOLT: A GENERATIONAL, GEOGRAPHIC TEST FOR JOE BIDEN

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Jun 20, 2019

Geography and a generational divide – never mind a Democratic presidential primary contest on the verge of a first series of televised debates – appear to be driving the backlash against former Vice President Joe Biden’s citation of his work with Southern segregationists as proof o...

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA

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Jun 20, 2019

President Trump welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House Thursday afternoon for a bilateral meeting.

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Ivanka Trump Visits North Carolina with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Committee IVANKA TRUMP VISITS NORTH CAROLINA WITH THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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Jun 20, 2019

Ivanka Trump and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited the Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub Tuesday morning as part of a workforce development visit.

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HOW TO REDUCE DROPOUT RATES FOR YOUR CERTIFICATION CANDIDATES HOW TO REDUCE DROPOUT RATES FOR YOUR CERTIFICATION CANDIDATES

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Jun 20, 2019

Passing a certification exam is a key milestone for many professionals. It can increase their salaries and help take their career to the next level. However, many professionals sign up for their certification exams, yet fail to follow through and actually take it. This year, a record number of candi...

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Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress NAVY AEGIS BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE (BMD) PROGRAM: BACKGROUND AND ISSUES FOR CONGRESS

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Jun 19, 2019

The Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) program, which is carried out by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy, gives Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers a capability for conducting BMD operations. Under the FY2020 budget submission, the number of BMD-capable Navy Aegis ships is projected t...

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Farm Policy: USDA’s 2018 Trade Aid Package FARM POLICY: USDA’S 2018 TRADE AID PACKAGE

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Jun 19, 2019

In early 2018, the Trump Administration citing concerns over national security and unfair trade Practices imposed increased tariffs on certain imported products in general and on U.S. imports from China in particular. Several of the affected foreign trading partners (including China) responded to th...

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President Trump Presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur Laffer PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESENTS THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO ARTHUR LAFFER

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Jun 19, 2019

It was a big day, very important for a very important subject. Today it is my privilege to award our nation's highest civilian honor to the father of supply-side economics, Doctor Arthur Laffer.

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Vice President Pence Visits the USNS Comfort VICE PRESIDENT PENCE VISITS THE USNS COMFORT

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Jun 19, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence is in Miami Tuesday to help send off the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort on a medical assistance mission.

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The U.S. and China Remain Defiant in Their Trade and Tech Positions Ahead of the G20 Summit THE U.S. AND CHINA REMAIN DEFIANT IN THEIR TRADE AND TECH POSITIONS AHEAD OF THE G20 SUMMIT

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Jun 19, 2019

On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that he had a good telephone conversation with President Xi and that the two would meet in Osaka during the G20 Summit, to be held at the end of the month. The tweet follows speculation as to whether the two leaders would meet at the summit and President Trump&rsq...

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Trump nominee confirmed to lifetime position as U.S. District Judge in North Florida TRUMP NOMINEE CONFIRMED TO LIFETIME POSITION AS U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE IN NORTH FLORIDA

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Jun 19, 2019

Allen Winsor an appellate judge in Florida whose nomination to U.S. District Court was fiercely opposed by a coalition of progressive groups was confirmed on Wednesday to serve as a district judge in the Northern District of Florida. Its a lifetime appointment for the 43-year-old Winsor a Tallahasse...

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The Price Conservatives Are Willing To Pay For Brexit THE PRICE CONSERVATIVES ARE WILLING TO PAY FOR BREXIT

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Jun 19, 2019

Much of the UK's Conservative Party is ready to do whatever it takes to secure Brexit, even if that means destroying their own party or tearing the country apart. Unfathomably, a YouGov poll found that 63 percent of Conservative Party members would rather Brexit took place, even if it resulted i...

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Most Americans say political debate in the U.S. has become less respectful, fact-based, substantive MOST AMERICANS SAY POLITICAL DEBATE IN THE U.S. HAS BECOME LESS RESPECTFUL, FACT-BASED, SUBSTANTIVE

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Jun 18, 2019

Most Americans say political debate in the U.S. has become less respectful, fact-based, substantive.

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Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills DEMOCRATS DETAIL NEW STRATEGY TO PRESSURE MCCONNELL ON ELECTION SECURITY BILLS

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Jun 18, 2019

Democrats are trying to increase pressure on Majority Leader Mitch Mitch McConnell to move election security bills, as the issue has remained at a stalemate in the Senate for months. Senate Democrats dedicated their weekly press conference to talking up their new strategy to try to force the GOP lea...

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Trump Proposal Would Jeopardize Rental Aid for Many U.S. Citizens TRUMP PROPOSAL WOULD JEOPARDIZE RENTAL AID FOR MANY U.S. CITIZENS

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Jun 18, 2019

In a little-noticed move, the Trump Administration is proposing a new roadblock for U.S. citizens who are seeking federal rental assistance, including the more than 9 million citizens who are now receiving aid. Buried in a proposed rule purporting to target certain groups of non-citizens who are ine...

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Helping Non-Custodial Parents Move from Intent to Action HELPING NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS MOVE FROM INTENT TO ACTION

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Jun 18, 2019

To move beyond the reactive, punitive model of child support enforcement, caseworkers need tools that reflect the financial reality of their clients and allow them to leverage data and simplify processes for the citizens they serve.

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DocuSign for Government DOCUSIGN FOR GOVERNMENT

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Jun 18, 2019

Business runs on agreements. Government business is no exception. More than 800 local, state, federal, and tribal agencies use DocuSign to enable citizens, businesses, and staff to go paperless with forms, agreements, applications, correspondence management, and approval processes.

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One month into the Zelenskiy presidency and Ukraine’s still here ONE MONTH INTO THE ZELENSKIY PRESIDENCY AND UKRAINE’S STILL HERE

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Jun 17, 2019

Volodymyr Zelenskiy became Ukraine’s sixth president on May 20. The political neophyte’s election raised a host of questions about lack of governing experience, connections to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, the composition of his inner circle, and his priorities once in office. One month into...

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Foreign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IS A THREAT TO THE 2020 ELECTIONS — PRESIDENTIAL INTERFERENCE IS, TOO

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Jun 17, 2019

Last week, President Trump confirmed what was clear to readers of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report If a foreign country offered him dirt on a Democratic opponent, he would be happy to listen. In the wake of these comments, congressional Democrats are admirably focused on the need to pro...

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This week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive THIS WEEK: DEMOCRATS MOVE FUNDING BILLS AS CAPS DEAL REMAINS ELUSIVE

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Jun 17, 2019

House Democrats are set to move funding for most of the federal government this week, even as lawmakers have struggled to reach a budget caps deal. The two packages, known as “minibuses,” will cover nine of the 12 individual appropriations bills that Congress needs to pass by Oct. 1 in o...

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What Happens To America One Month After Donald Trump Becomes President WHAT HAPPENS TO AMERICA ONE MONTH AFTER DONALD TRUMP BECOMES PRESIDENT

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Jun 17, 2019

President Trump addresses the nation and decrees that with immediate effect, disparaging remarks about ‘hair pieces’ will be classed as hate crimes and punishable by death. Statically charged balloons are also banned.

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Mike Pence Is Not Donald Trump MIKE PENCE IS NOT DONALD TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY SUCCESSOR

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Jun 16, 2019

It is not too soon to start thinking about who will succeed Donald Trump. Win or lose in 2020 attention will quickly turn to who might pick up his populist nationalist mantle. The question is broader than who will be the GOP presidential nominee four years hence. Who will lead and shape the conserva...

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George Will: Democrats must practice GEORGE WILL: DEMOCRATS MUST PRACTICE 'MODESTY' TO BEAT TRUMP IN 2020

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Jun 15, 2019

Conservative columnist and author George Will on Friday advised Democrats to practice the politics of modesty if they want to defeat President Trump in 2020. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an extremely stable genius and those who would replace him promise national transformation...

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Best Practices for Financial Literacy and Education at Institutions of Higher Education BEST PRACTICES FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY AND EDUCATION AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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Jun 14, 2019

Institutions of higher education1 play an important role in our society and our economy, developing educated citizens and skilled workers who are vital to America’s well-being. In addition to this broad benefit, postsecondary education is valuable to many individuals, resulting in higher earni...

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President Trump Speaks on Expanding Health Coverage Options for Small Businesses & Workers PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKS ON EXPANDING HEALTH COVERAGE OPTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & WORKERS

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Jun 14, 2019

President Trump outlined his administration's work on health care and HRA's for small businesses and workers during a speech given at the Rose Garden June 14.

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Georgia 2020: Amico preps likely run for US Senate GEORGIA 2020: AMICO PREPS LIKELY RUN FOR US SENATE

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Jun 14, 2019

Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico is lining up strategists and making a series of other behind-the-scenes moves as she prepares for a possible run for U.S. Senate against first-term Republican David Perdue. The logistics executive, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2018, is in talks with pr...

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How pro-Trump media spun Trump saying he’d accept dirt from foreign governments in the 2020 election HOW PRO-TRUMP MEDIA SPUN TRUMP SAYING HE’D ACCEPT DIRT FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS IN THE 2020 ELECTION

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Jun 13, 2019

After President Donald Trump sparked outrage when he admitted in an interview that he would “listen” to any damaging information on his opponent even if it came from a foreign government, pro-Trump media quickly came to his defense. On June 13, ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked T...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks on Second Chance Hiring PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON SECOND CHANCE HIRING

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Jun 13, 2019

President Trump promotes the hiring of former inmates at a White House event.

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First Lady Melania Trump Attends 75th Anniversary Ceremony of D-Day FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP ATTENDS 75TH ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY OF D-DAY

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Jun 13, 2019

In a moving tribute at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the president honored the memory of the veterans and the fallen.

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Investing in (and for) Our Future INVESTING IN (AND FOR) OUR FUTURE

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Jun 13, 2019

Pension systems around the world all face a common problem – the strain put on existing promises for retirement because of increases in life expectancy. The retirement savings gap is quite large in some countries already, and on a global scale is projected to grow significantly larger1 by the ...

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A Message from Surgeon General Jerome Adams A MESSAGE FROM SURGEON GENERAL JEROME ADAMS

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Jun 13, 2019

The U.S. Surgeon General is the Nation’s Doctor, providing Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

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Trump versus the Democrats on China TRUMP VERSUS THE DEMOCRATS ON CHINA

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Jun 13, 2019

Everything that is except Trump’s tough stance on trade with China! They agree with it. They even applaud it. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a Trump hater of the first order, recently said that he has never agreed with Trump on anything — except his burly stance against China on...

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U.S. government posts $208 billion deficit in May U.S. GOVERNMENT POSTS $208 BILLION DEFICIT IN MAY

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Jun 12, 2019

Washington posted a $208 billion budget deficit in May as a modest increase in revenues failed to make up for higher spending on the military and social welfare programs like Medicare, according to data released on Wednesday by the Treasury Department.The deficit was the highest ever for the month o...

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President Trump Is Unleashing Innovation for American Farmers PRESIDENT TRUMP IS UNLEASHING INNOVATION FOR AMERICAN FARMERS

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Jun 12, 2019

Our Nation will always be proud of the unmatched grit and faith and skill of the American farmer.

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President Trump Participates in a Joint Signing Ceremony with the President of Poland PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A JOINT SIGNING CEREMONY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF POLAND

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Jun 12, 2019

Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony after a bilateral meeting with Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, at The White House on June 12, 2019.

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Your interoperable democracy YOUR INTEROPERABLE DEMOCRACY

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Jun 12, 2019

Anyone who has worked on Capitol Hill or in a district office knows that there’s no easy method for organizing the information generated by the first branch of government. From recorded votes to scribbled notes on the back of a napkin, Congress is a raucous mining camp of data. With the onset ...

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Bipartisanship Should Prevail in the Electrification of the Transportation Sector BIPARTISANSHIP SHOULD PREVAIL IN THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR

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Jun 12, 2019

Addressing climate change has become a leading topic of bipartisan discussion within the 116th Congress, with a growing number of Republicans publicly emphasizing innovation and global technological leadership. Both are central factors in the overarching dialogue around vehicle electrification, whic...

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Despite Unpopularity, Trump Can Win 2020. Here DESPITE UNPOPULARITY, TRUMP CAN WIN 2020. HERE'S HOW.

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Jun 12, 2019

Donald Trump is the first president to ever be elected while being actively disliked by the majority of Americans. Trump was also the first person elected president who was significantly less popular than his counterpart. Most Americans have heard of presidents losing the popular vote but winning th...

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US Senators Warn Against Tariffs on Mexico US SENATORS WARN AGAINST TARIFFS ON MEXICO

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Jun 12, 2019

The migrant flow from Central America to the United States is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, but cannot be solved through the use of tariffs, two US senators said at the Atlantic Council on June 12. On May 30, US President Donald J. Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all...

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Japanese Firms Resist Hiring Skilled Foreign Labor JAPANESE FIRMS RESIST HIRING SKILLED FOREIGN LABOR

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Jun 12, 2019

Despite pressure from the tight labor market Japanese companies are resisting hiring foreign skilled labor even after incentives passed by the Abe administration. In a poll conducted by Reuters in May, only one in four companies said they were planning to take full advantage of the new immigration s...

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NY bill would set 2020 presidential primary date NY BILL WOULD SET 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DATE

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Jun 12, 2019

The 2020 New York presidential primary will be held Tuesday, April 28 if a bill is approved by the state Legislature. Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris introduced the measure to set the presidential primary election for April 28, 2020. At least five other states, including Pennsylvania,...

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Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution REGULATION FOR THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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Jun 11, 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is of a scale, speed and complexity that is unprecedented. It is characterised by a fusion of technologies – such as artificial intelligence, gene editing and advanced robotics – that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological worl...

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Rear Adm. Scott Robertson, Mine Warfare Task Group Commander, BALTOPS 2019 REAR ADM. SCOTT ROBERTSON, MINE WARFARE TASK GROUP COMMANDER, BALTOPS 2019

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Jun 11, 2019

Rear Adm. Scott Robertson, exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 Mine Warfare Task Group commander, describes Combined Task Group 162.60 capabilities, pierside at Naval Base Kiel-Tirpitzhafen, Germany. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th...

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Can Congress Fine Federal Officials Under Its Contempt Power? CAN CONGRESS FINE FEDERAL OFFICIALS UNDER ITS CONTEMPT POWER?

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Jun 11, 2019

The current tug of war between the executive branch and Congress has revived interest in the exact scope of congressional investigative power. On May 6, the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that Attorney General William Barr be held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to provide the ...

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Trump Expected to Announce US Troop Increase in Poland TRUMP EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE US TROOP INCREASE IN POLAND

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Jun 11, 2019

US troop presence in Poland is likely to be at the top of the agenda when US President Donald J. Trump and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, meet at the White House on June 12. Pointing to Russian military activity in its neighborhood, the Duda administration has made the case for a permanent US...

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Tariffs On Mexico Could Cost 400,000 U.S. Jobs TARIFFS ON MEXICO COULD COST 400,000 U.S. JOBS

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Jun 11, 2019

Last week, President Trump announced that tariffs on Mexican goods are "indefinitely suspended" after the U.S. and Mexico reached a deal on immigration enforcement. Before the agreement, a string of reports predicted profound economic consequences on both sides of the border if tariffs had...

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Federal Employment Protections Demanded In Appropriations Bill FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS DEMANDED IN APPROPRIATIONS BILL

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Jun 10, 2019

For the first time, the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Appropriations has included language seeking to protect the employment of federal employees who consume cannabis in legal jurisdictions. “Denying responsible adults access to federal employment opportunitie...

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Throwing more money at the Pentagon won THROWING MORE MONEY AT THE PENTAGON WON'T MAKE US MORE SECURE

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Jun 10, 2019

With most living paycheck to paycheck, millions of Americans build their budgets around the priorities that matter — from food and housing, to education and health care. We expect our lawmakers to do the same as they appropriate money for the federal budget, identifying priorities and spending...

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U.S. warns Turkey it may lose jets for buying Russian system U.S. WARNS TURKEY IT MAY LOSE JETS FOR BUYING RUSSIAN SYSTEM

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Jun 10, 2019

The Pentagon on June 7 told Turkey that it is cutting off Ankara’s purchase of F-35 fighter jets if the Turkish government goes ahead with plans to buy a Russian missile defense system, ratcheting up what has been a lengthy, heated dispute between the two NATO allies. In a sharp two-page lette...

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President Trump Greets the 103rd Indianapolis 500 Champions: Team Penske PRESIDENT TRUMP GREETS THE 103RD INDIANAPOLIS 500 CHAMPIONS: TEAM PENSKE

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Jun 10, 2019

Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske went from Victory Lane to the White House as the Indy 500 winning team was honored Monday afternoon by President Donald Trump.

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First Lady Melania Trump FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP'S VISIT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM

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Jun 10, 2019

When it comes to first lady Melania Trump, fashion is an important part of her diplomacy.

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Eight Florida U.S. House Democrats push for reproductive rights measure EIGHT FLORIDA U.S. HOUSE DEMOCRATS PUSH FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS MEASURE

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Jun 10, 2019

South Florida U.S. Rep Lois Frankel is the most recent member of the Florida House Democratic delegation to sign on as a co-sponsor to a measure that would repeal the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 law which bans federal funding for abortion. Eight of the 13-member Florida House Democratic delegation are co...

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This week: House Democrats escalate battle over Mueller report THIS WEEK: HOUSE DEMOCRATS ESCALATE BATTLE OVER MUELLER REPORT

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Jun 10, 2019

House Democrats are poised to step up their fight with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the 2016 election. The resolution would hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for opting not ...

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President Trump Welcomes the Amir of Qatar to the White House PRESIDENT TRUMP WELCOMES THE AMIR OF QATAR TO THE WHITE HOUSE

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Jun 09, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday hosted visiting Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani at the White House.

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Government Cyber Focus: Planning for 2020 Election Security GOVERNMENT CYBER FOCUS: PLANNING FOR 2020 ELECTION SECURITY

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Jun 09, 2019

Election security has become a hot topic. From the Mueller Report to newly proposed federal legislation to National Governors Association policy academies to other state-by-state cybersecurity actions, the complex topic of ‘securing our vote’ is getting more attention than ever before. D...

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Trump TRUMP'S RISKY TRADE GAME

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Jun 09, 2019

The effectiveness of President Donald Trump’s unprecedented weaponization of tariffs in addressing non-trade issues is facing its most significant tests yet in Mexico and China. In the case of Mexico, he had threatened new 5% tariffs on Mexican goods – which were to be imposed as early a...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

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Jun 08, 2019

We are gathered here on Freedom’s Altar. On these shores, on these bluffs, on this day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their blood, and thousands sacrificed their lives, for their brothers, for their countries and for the survival of liberty.

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The US must stand up for political prisoners in Russia THE US MUST STAND UP FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS IN RUSSIA

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Jun 07, 2019

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at the launch of a deeply disturbing report titled “The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners: Advancing a Political Agenda by Crushing Dissent.” As Co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Congress, I am deeply alarme...

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Picture This: Washington, D.C. Becomes the 51st State PICTURE THIS: WASHINGTON, D.C. BECOMES THE 51ST STATE

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Jun 07, 2019

For years, the official motto of the District of Columbia has been “Taxation without representation.” The residents of Washington, D.C. do not have representation in the U.S. House or in the Senate. People who live in the district, on average, pay higher federal and local taxes, but they...

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PENCE: PROGRESS, BUT NO DEAL YET WITH MEXICO TO AVOID TRUMP TARIFFS PENCE: PROGRESS, BUT NO DEAL YET WITH MEXICO TO AVOID TRUMP TARIFFS

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Jun 07, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that while there had been encouraging talks with top officials from the Mexican government this week, there was still was no deal on how the Mexicans would crack down on illegal immigration through their country, as the White House continued to hold out the...

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Ransomware Strikes: The City Government of Baltimore Has Been Hacked RANSOMWARE STRIKES: THE CITY GOVERNMENT OF BALTIMORE HAS BEEN HACKED

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Jun 06, 2019

The people of Baltimore are beginning their fifth week under an electronic siege that has prevented residents from obtaining building permits and business licenses – and even buying or selling homes. A year after hackers disrupted the city’s emergency services dispatch system, city worke...

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Report to Congress Department of Defense Arctic Strategy REPORT TO CONGRESS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ARCTIC STRATEGY

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Jun 06, 2019

This document articulates the Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategy for the Arctic region in an era of strategic competition.It is informed by the 2017 National Security Strategy and anchored in the priorities of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) and its focus on competition with China...

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the French Republic PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC

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Jun 06, 2019

President Donald Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.

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Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: May 2019 CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT ON NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS: MAY 2019

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Jun 06, 2019

In July 2017, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of May 2019—and includes previously unpublished data for the previous two months as well. It includes pub...

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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP'S VISIT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM - DAY 2

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Jun 05, 2019

President Trump spent his second day of his visit to the United Kingdom reaffirming the U.S.-U.K. alliance alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, meeting with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, denying the existence of large protests against his visit, and dining with Prince Charles and May.

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One Year Into Trump’s Iran Strategy: Where Do Things Stand? ONE YEAR INTO TRUMP’S IRAN STRATEGY: WHERE DO THINGS STAND?

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Jun 05, 2019

In May 2018, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Shortly thereafter, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new U.S. strategy toward Iran: the “maximum pressure” campaign. Going far ...

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Environmental Rollbacks Under the Trump Administration ENVIRONMENTAL ROLLBACKS UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Jun 05, 2019

The Trump administration has around 22 rollbacks completed or started for regulations dealing with air pollution and emissions, the most of any single environmental regulation. Notably, the administration is eliminating requirements that oil and gas companies report methane emissions and calculate t...

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF IRELAND

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Jun 05, 2019

Watch President Trump hold a bilateral meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on June 5, 2019.

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It’s Time for Congress To Put an End to Trump’s Tariffs IT’S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO PUT AN END TO TRUMP’S TARIFFS

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Jun 05, 2019

The tariffs President Trump has levied on foreign imports are bad economic policy for many reasons. First, they are a barrier to trade, and trade benefits all trading partners. Yes, tariffs on China hurt the Chinese, but they also hurt Americans because there are gains from trade, and tariffs reduce...

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President Trump Participates in a Business Roundtable PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

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Jun 04, 2019

Moving from pageantry to policy during his state visit to Britain, President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged embattled Prime Minister Theresa May to "stick around" to complete a U.S.-U.K. trade deal, adding to this recent chapter of uncertainty in the allies' storied relationship.

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Senate passes bill to deny entry for individuals who meddle in US elections SENATE PASSES BILL TO DENY ENTRY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO MEDDLE IN US ELECTIONS

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Jun 03, 2019

The Senate cleared legislation on Monday night to block individuals who meddle in U.S. elections from being able to enter the United States. The legislation, known as the Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes Act (DETER Act), easily passed the Senate by unanimous consent — a mo...

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No Let Up In British Demand For Irish Passports NO LET UP IN BRITISH DEMAND FOR IRISH PASSPORTS

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Jun 03, 2019

Nearly three years on from the UK's Brexit referendum, there has been no let up in British demand for Irish passports. The BBC recently published data from the Irish Department of Justice which shows that there were 45,229 Irish passport applications from Great Britain in 2015, the year before t...

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Lobbying Against Key US Climate Regulation LOBBYING AGAINST KEY US CLIMATE REGULATION 'COST SOCIETY $60 BILLION,' STUDY FINDS

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Jun 03, 2019

Political lobbying in the U.S. that helped block the progress of proposed climate regulation a decade ago led to a social cost of $60 billion, according to a new study. Environmental economists Dr. Kyle Meng and Dr. Ashwin Rode have produced what they believe is the first attempt to quantify the tol...

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Mexico Is the Top Source of U.S. Car Imports MEXICO IS THE TOP SOURCE OF U.S. CAR IMPORTS

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Jun 03, 2019

Shares of the largest American automakers dropped on Friday after President Trump announced that he’s planning to impose tariffs on Mexican imports starting June 10. “The United States will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming into our country from Mexico, until such time as illegal mi...

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8 reasons why education may be pivotal in the 2020 election 8 REASONS WHY EDUCATION MAY BE PIVOTAL IN THE 2020 ELECTION

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Jun 03, 2019

Among politicos, education is not usually considered a top-tier issue in presidential elections. The issue tends to get overshadowed by other issues where the president is the obvious leader and decisionmaker—defense, security, climate change, health care, Social Security, and economic affairs...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks at the Ford PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE FORD'S THEATRE GALA

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Jun 02, 2019

Well, thank you very much. What a place. You look right there and that says it all. That’s history at its highest. Thank you very much for what you’ve done. So many of you have been so helpful. And I see Congress, I see Senate, I see congressmen. They hate each other during the day, but ...

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Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Strategy Report 2019 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY REPORT 2019

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Jun 01, 2019

The Indo-Pacific is the Department of Defense’s priority theater. The United States is a Pacific nation; we are linked to our Indo-Pacific neighbors through unbreakable bonds of shared history, culture, commerce, and values. We have an enduring commitment to uphold a free and open IndoPacific ...

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The UK dominates the most damaging tax havens THE UK DOMINATES THE MOST DAMAGING TAX HAVENS

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May 31, 2019

New analysis by the Tax Justice Network has revealed the UK to be biggest enabler of corporate tax dodging in the world. As this infographic shows, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies dominate the list of places allowing multinationals to avoid paying tax on their profits. In total, ...

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Immigration policy in the U.S. is getting more cruel IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE U.S. IS GETTING MORE CRUEL

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May 31, 2019

Over the past few years, we have watched the criminalization of immigration reach new levels. Cases are going to court and as we know, American justice is quite expensive, and becoming increasingly more expensive as the Trump administration continues to strip programs which help poor people access t...

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Brexit endgame: A withdrawal agreement for Theresa May, but no clarity on Brexit BREXIT ENDGAME: A WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT FOR THERESA MAY, BUT NO CLARITY ON BREXIT

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May 30, 2019

As the third anniversary of the Brexit referendum approaches, the United Kingdom has failed three times to gain parliamentary approval of a withdrawal deal, extended the departure deadline twice, held elections to a European legislature it planned to vacate, and pressured its prime minister into ann...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks at the 2019 United States Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE 2019 UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY GRADUATION CEREMONY

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May 30, 2019

President Donald Trump struck some political notes at a military commencement Thursday, promoting his agenda while telling new graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy that they will lead a new generation of air warriors to future victories.

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President Trump Speaks to Soldiers on the USS Wasp PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKS TO SOLDIERS ON THE USS WASP

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May 29, 2019

A sailor and a Marine shared the stage with their commander in chief during a Memorial Day rally on the USS Wasp.

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Trump team urging Justices to act now on DACA TRUMP TEAM URGING JUSTICES TO ACT NOW ON DACA

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May 29, 2019

For more than five months, the Supreme Court has opted to remain on the sidelines of the heated, nationwide controversy over the legal fate of nearly 800,000 undocumented young foreign nationals who have grown up in America not knowing whether they can stay. Now, the Trump Administration is urging t...

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Chinese-U.S. Tourism Flatlines CHINESE-U.S. TOURISM FLATLINES

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May 29, 2019

Chinese tourism in the United States has boomed over the past two decades, grossing over a $30 billion trade surplus for the U.S. this year alone. Despite this, Chinese tourism spending has been significantly slower over the past two years, due in part to the ongoing trade war, downturns in the Chin...

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President Trump Presents the Public Safety Medal of Valor PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESENTS THE PUBLIC SAFETY MEDAL OF VALOR

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May 29, 2019

President Donald Trump presented the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to more than a dozen firefighters and law enforcement personnel during a ceremony Wednesday. The Medal of Valor, awarded annually, is the highest national award for courage given to public safety officers, including firefighte...

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Theresa May and Brexit: The Second Referendum Explained THERESA MAY AND BREXIT: THE SECOND REFERENDUM EXPLAINED

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May 29, 2019

Being a spectator of a crisis that is befalling other people, but one which you think are completely safe from, can put you in a pretty interesting mindset. You can either follow all the details of the crisis or you can just elect to completely ignore and instead devote your time to other ventures l...

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Federal Government Contracting for Fiscal Year 2018 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018

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May 28, 2019

With tax season over, now is a good time to look at how the government uses your tax dollars. About 40% of the government’s discretionary spending goes to contracts for goods and services covering everything from health care to hand grenades. In fiscal year 2018, the federal government spent m...

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Questionable Alliances: Why America Needs to Reexamine Its International Relationships QUESTIONABLE ALLIANCES: WHY AMERICA NEEDS TO REEXAMINE ITS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

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May 28, 2019

Modern circumstances continue to bear out the prescience of America’s founders. Especially George Washington’s warning against “entangling alliances.” In contrast, U.S. policymakers today treat military allies like Facebook friends, the more the merrier, something to brag abo...

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The U.S. falls behind international efforts to rein in technology platforms THE U.S. FALLS BEHIND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO REIN IN TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

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May 28, 2019

The International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy, a unique collaboration between lawmakers determined to bring greater accountability to large online platforms, convenes in Ottawa this week. The members of parliament that make up the grand committee hail from a number of countri...

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When Barack Obama declared war on Donald Trump WHEN BARACK OBAMA DECLARED WAR ON DONALD TRUMP

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May 28, 2019

The latest round of navel-gazing is the effort to name what has happened to President Donald Trump.  It is a hoax or is it a coup, and when did it start?  I am a 2003 graduate of the Naval War College.  We studied "war."  What happened to Donald Trump was an act of war....

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Where the UK WHERE THE UK'S FOREIGN-BORN POPULATION COMES FROM

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May 28, 2019

The latest population figures by the UK's Office for National Statistics provide estimates of the country's foreign-born residents. In 2018 there are thought to be 3.6 million people that were born in the European Union, while a further 0.3 million were born in non-EU European countries. Peo...

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President Trump and the First Lady Participate in a Memorial Day Address Aboard the USS WASP PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY PARTICIPATE IN A MEMORIAL DAY ADDRESS ABOARD THE USS WASP

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May 27, 2019

It is wonderful to be with you today.  This has been a very enjoyable and productive visit with the Japanese people.  And we are thankful for the incredible hospitality that we have received.

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President Trump and the First Lady Visit JS Kaga with the Prime Minister of Japan PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY VISIT JS KAGA WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN

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May 27, 2019

President Donald Trump is on his way back to the United States after a four-day visit to Japan. Trump and first lady Melania Trump said goodbye to Japanese officials on a rain-slicked tarmac in Tokyo. During his stay, he met Japan’s new emperor and held serious discussions with Prime Minister ...

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Vice President Pence Participates in the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony VICE PRESIDENT PENCE PARTICIPATES IN THE ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

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May 27, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to fallen members of the U.S. armed forces Monday, thanking their loved ones in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and acknowledging that for them “every day is Memorial Day.”

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A Global Trump Revolution in Europe? A GLOBAL TRUMP REVOLUTION IN EUROPE?

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May 27, 2019

The European Union’s traditional center splintered in the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades, with the far right and pro-environment Greens gaining ground on Sunday after four days of a polarized vote.Turnout was at a two-decade high over the balloting across the 28 Europe...

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How German youth voted in the European Elections HOW GERMAN YOUTH VOTED IN THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

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May 27, 2019

Angela Merkel's CDU and its centre-left coalition partner, the SPD, suffered their worst results in European Election history. Support for the Greens has been particularly strong in Germany amidst increasing awareness of climate change. As the following infographic shows, young voters 30 years o...

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Voters Move Away from Centrist Parties in EU Election VOTERS MOVE AWAY FROM CENTRIST PARTIES IN EU ELECTION

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May 27, 2019

Eurosceptic parties, which made gains in the European Elections because of strong results by The Brexit Party, weren't the only winners emerging after polls closed on Sunday. Liberal parties improved their results most compared to 2014, mainly because French President Macron announced his En Mar...

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President Trump Participates in a Meeting with Japanese Families of those Abducted by North Korea PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A MEETING WITH JAPANESE FAMILIES OF THOSE ABDUCTED BY NORTH KOREA

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May 27, 2019

President Trump and the First Lady Participate in a Meeting with Japanese Families of those Abducted by North Korea.

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Vice President Pence Delivers the Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DELIVERS THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

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May 25, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is “a dangerous place” and they should expect to see combat.

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Forty-Two and Counting…The Trump-Abe Connection FORTY-TWO AND COUNTING…THE TRUMP-ABE CONNECTION

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May 23, 2019

Yesterday the Washington Post reported that Japanese government officials who tracked the metrics of the Abe-Trump relationship tallied forty-two conversations, in person and on the phone. This is an unprecedented level of communication for the leaders of the United States and Japan. This weekend&rs...

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Federal Grants to State and Local Governments: A Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues FEDERAL GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

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May 22, 2019

The federal government is expected to provide state and local governments about $750 billion in federal grants in FY2019, funding a wide range of public policies, such as health care, transportation, income security, education, job training, social services, community development, and environmental ...

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Democratic 2020 Candidates Flirt With Unconstitutional Censorship DEMOCRATIC 2020 CANDIDATES FLIRT WITH UNCONSTITUTIONAL CENSORSHIP

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May 22, 2019

Buzzfeed reports today that several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are looking at ways to tackle the growing problem of white nationalism. That's good! They also report that some of them are endorsing the idea that the government should regulate speech on social media companies as a mea...

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Reducing the U.S. Government’s Regulatory Burden REDUCING THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S REGULATORY BURDEN

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May 22, 2019

“If one assumed that all costs of federal regulation and intervention flowed all the way down to households, U.S. households would “pay” $14,615 annually on average in a regulatory hidden tax.” That’s a stunning finding from Wayne Crews, the author of the 2019 edition o...

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President Trump Participates in the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Presentation Ceremony PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER MEDAL OF VALOR PRESENTATION CEREMONY

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May 22, 2019

President Trump participating in the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Presentation Ceremony from the East Room in the White House.

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Tracking MEP Attendance At The European Parliament TRACKING MEP ATTENDANCE AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

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May 22, 2019

As well as holding "mini-plenary sessions" in Brussels four times per year (normally), the European Parliament meets in plenary session in Strasbourg twelve times times a year. It votes on a range of issues such as amendments, paragraphs, reports and resolutions. Most of these votes are ta...

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Digital Trade and U.S. Trade Policy DIGITAL TRADE AND U.S. TRADE POLICY

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May 21, 2019

As the global internet develops and evolves, digital trade has become more prominent on the global trade and economic policy agenda. The economic impact of the internet was estimated to be $4.2 trillion in 2016, making it the equivalent of the fifth-largest national economy. The digital economy acco...

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Full text: Theresa May’s speech calling for a second referendum FULL TEXT: THERESA MAY’S SPEECH CALLING FOR A SECOND REFERENDUM

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May 21, 2019

I became Prime Minister almost three years ago – immediately after the British people voted to leave the European Union. My aim was – and is – to deliver Brexit and help our country move beyond the division of the referendum and into a better future. A country that works for everyo...

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21st Century Social Care 21ST CENTURY SOCIAL CARE

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May 21, 2019

This research paper explores the nature and extent of the serious and urgent problems affecting the provision of social care in the UK. It identifies how these problems have evolved from the institutional structures developed for providing health and social care and offers proposals for complex, lon...

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This week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks THIS WEEK: DEMOCRATS, WHITE HOUSE SET FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, BUDGET TALKS

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May 20, 2019

Democrats are set to sit down with the White House this week to try to make progress toward separate deals on an infrastructure package and raising the budget caps. The talks come as lawmakers are expected to leave town by Friday for the weeklong Memorial Day recess, returning to Washington in early...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks Upon Marine One Departure PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS UPON MARINE ONE DEPARTURE

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May 20, 2019

Okay, so I’m heading to the great state of Pennsylvania, and we’re going to have a rally.  A lot of people are outside, as you probably know.

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European Elections: Where Women Are Leading The Way EUROPEAN ELECTIONS: WHERE WOMEN ARE LEADING THE WAY

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May 20, 2019

During an informal summit in Romania, European Council President Donald Tusk promised to strive for geographic, demographic, political and gender balance among candidates for top jobs in the EU. Currently, most of those positions are held by men with Federica Mogherini, the high representative for f...

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After the hurly burly’s done — Next government must wake up to reality: India has fallen further behind China AFTER THE HURLY BURLY’S DONE — NEXT GOVERNMENT MUST WAKE UP TO REALITY: INDIA HAS FALLEN FURTHER BEHIND CHINA

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May 20, 2019

So the hurly-burly is done. Who has lost the battle and who has won is an answer that will stew in the voting machines for the next 48 hours as they are lined up for counting ballots. The results will bring to an end an enervating six-week election campaign that is the last word in electoral self-in...

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The U.S. States With The Worst Roads THE U.S. STATES WITH THE WORST ROADS

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May 20, 2019

Nonpartisan group Transportation for America has released a report detailing the deteriorating condition of the U.S. road network. It found that states are continuing to push ahead with the expansion of their roads while neglecting to repair and carry out regular maintenance on existing infrastructu...

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2019 Federal Election wrap up 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION WRAP UP

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May 19, 2019

We hope you enjoy Wells Haslem Mayhew's snapshot of Saturday's Federal Election.

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President Trump: "Our Proposal is Pro-American, Pro-Immigrant, and Pro-Worker" PRESIDENT TRUMP: "OUR PROPOSAL IS PRO-AMERICAN, PRO-IMMIGRANT, AND PRO-WORKER"

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May 17, 2019

President Trump outlined a new merit-based immigration proposal in a speech from the White House Rose Garden Thursday afternoon. "If adopted, our plan will transform America's immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world," Trump said. "Currently...

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Which States are Contributing the Most to U.S. GDP? WHICH STATES ARE CONTRIBUTING THE MOST TO U.S. GDP?

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May 17, 2019

With 50 states in the Union and 100 percent to go around, the average state’s contribution to U.S. GDP would technically be two percent. While a lot of states are in that percentage range, there are some economic powerhouses that surpass that goal easily. The six most populous states, Californ...

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Revealed: Theresa May’s secret plan for indicative votes REVEALED: THERESA MAY’S SECRET PLAN FOR INDICATIVE VOTES

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May 17, 2019

I’ve been passed a document headed: ‘Indicative votes before second reading of the WAB’ (Withdrawal Agreement Bill). It is an official summary of what the government is hoping to agree with Labour by way of a Brexit compromise, and how to test the will of the House of Commons on wh...

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Eurovision: Brits just as divided as they were on Brexit EUROVISION: BRITS JUST AS DIVIDED AS THEY WERE ON BREXIT

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May 17, 2019

It turns out that the Eurovision Song Contest stirs up as much division in the United Kingdom as Brexit. With the final of the 64th contest taking place in Israel on Saturday evening, nearly a quarter of British viewers would prefer if their entry, Michael Rice, wasn't part of the event's li...

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Trump announces plan to ship 500 migrants a month from the border to Florida TRUMP ANNOUNCES PLAN TO SHIP 500 MIGRANTS A MONTH FROM THE BORDER TO FLORIDA

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May 16, 2019

The federal government plans to release hundreds of migrants into Broward and Palm Beach counties starting next week, blindsiding Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. The Republican governor’s off...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks on Modernizing Our Immigration System for a Stronger America PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON MODERNIZING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM FOR A STRONGER AMERICA

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May 16, 2019

President Trump on Thursday afternoon is expected to deliver remarks on his new immigration plan, which was crafted by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

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Costs Associated with Replacing the Federal Pay System COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH REPLACING THE FEDERAL PAY SYSTEM

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May 16, 2019

This report provides an independent estimate of the cost of replacing the Phoenix pay system, the current payroll processing system that administers pay for federal public servants. It assesses costs associated with procuring and implementing a new software, as well as projected operating costs over...

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Canadian Competition Policy in the Digital Age: Is Today’s Toolkit up to the Task? CANADIAN COMPETITION POLICY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: IS TODAY’S TOOLKIT UP TO THE TASK?

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May 16, 2019

At their April meeting, Council members discussed whether Canada’s competition policy toolkit is sufficient to address new forms of market power that may arise in the digital economy. Governments worldwide are wrestling with public concerns about the perceived power and influence of “Big...

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U.S. Oil Finds New Markets Amid Trade War With China U.S. OIL FINDS NEW MARKETS AMID TRADE WAR WITH CHINA

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May 16, 2019

The ongoing trade rift between Washington and Beijing has led to a significant reduction in Chinese imports of U.S. crude oil amid concerns about the implementation of new tariffs. In the period from April 2018 to September 2018, China imported 47 million barrels of American crude oil. That fell sig...

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Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England) STIMULATING HOUSING SUPPLY - GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES (ENGLAND)

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May 15, 2019

The 2015 Government pursued both supply-side and demand-side measures. There was a desire to increase home ownership, particularly amongst first-time buyers, which was supported through savings products such as the Help to Buy ISA and Lifetime ISA, and also through equity loan schemes. A key commitm...

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President Trump Tours Sempra Energy PRESIDENT TRUMP TOURS SEMPRA ENERGY'S LIQUID NATURAL GAS FACILITY

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May 15, 2019

President Donald Trump showcased his “America First energy policy” on Tuesday during a trip to Louisiana designed to highlight his administration’s efforts to increase liquefied natural gas exports and boost the country’s energy infrastructure.

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Coherent US Strategy Seen Key to Effective Sanctions COHERENT US STRATEGY SEEN KEY TO EFFECTIVE SANCTIONS

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May 15, 2019

As Washington looks to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and interference in the 2016 US elections, economic sanctions can be a useful tool, but they must fit into a coherent US strategy in order to be effective, Atlantic Council experts told US lawmake...

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German Economy Bounces Back After Recession Scare GERMAN ECONOMY BOUNCES BACK AFTER RECESSION SCARE

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May 15, 2019

GDP growth figures published by Germany today reveal the country has bounced back from the threat of recession. After shrinking by 0.2 percent in Q3 last year, the European economic powerhouse stagnated in Q4 with 0.0 percent growth on the previous quarter. A recession is defined as at least two con...

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President Trump Speaks at the 38th National Peace Officers PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKS AT THE 38TH NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL

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May 15, 2019

President Donald Trump is using a Capitol Hill ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers to criticize some big-city prosecutors he asserts don’t go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety.

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The Jolt: A Trump-endorsed super PAC readies for battle in Georgia THE JOLT: A TRUMP-ENDORSED SUPER PAC READIES FOR BATTLE IN GEORGIA

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May 14, 2019

The super PAC endorsed by President Donald Trump is already making plans to compete in Georgia. Operatives with America First Action have outlined a strategy to defend the state, which Trump carried by 5 percentage points in 2016. It’s expected to be a battleground next year.We didn’t ge...

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Natural Capital Committee NATURAL CAPITAL COMMITTEE

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May 14, 2019

This paper sets out a brief introduction to the UK’s soils and the ecosystem services derived from them. It provides a summary of the current state of the UK’s soils, the measures currently in place to protect them, the steps that can be taken to improve their condition, and how those ch...

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Is British politics broken? IS BRITISH POLITICS BROKEN?

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May 14, 2019

I have been fairly quiet for a bit because I have been struggling to say anything useful about what is going on – or perhaps, more accurately, what is not going on. You see we are living through, and in, the mother of all paradoxes: a time when everything and nothing is happening. On a day to ...

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Trump TRUMP'S HIRED HANDS WANT A WAR IN IRAN

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May 14, 2019

Are we headed for a war with Iran? This question has been bandied about periodically throughout the last forty years of hostile relations between the United States and Iran. There was a time not too long ago when the Obama administration was seriously considering the use of military force against Ir...

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US tariff increase Chinese imports takes effect after talks US TARIFF INCREASE CHINESE IMPORTS TAKES EFFECT AFTER TALKS

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May 14, 2019

US President Donald Trump's increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports took effect on Friday, escalating tensions with Beijing. The Trump administration raised import taxes on a range of goods from 10 percent to 25 percent. China has threatened to retaliate.

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House committee votes AG Barr in contempt HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES AG BARR IN CONTEMPT

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May 14, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday afternoon to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

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The U.S.-China Trade War: A Brief Recap THE U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR: A BRIEF RECAP

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May 14, 2019

Today China announced 25 percent tariffs on U.S. goods worth $60 billion, effective June 1st. The move comes after President Trump placed 25 percent levies on $200 billion of Chinese goods late last week. Trade relations between the world’s two biggest economies appeared to deteriorate last we...

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Hungary PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF HUNGARY

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May 13, 2019

It’s a great honor to have with us the Prime Minister of Hungary.  And Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job in so many different ways.  Highly respected.  Respected all over Europe.  Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that’s okay.  That&r...

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Explanatory Guide to The Seed Potato Classification Scheme and Approved Stock Scheme: for 2019/20 EXPLANATORY GUIDE TO THE SEED POTATO CLASSIFICATION SCHEME AND APPROVED STOCK SCHEME: FOR 2019/20

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May 13, 2019

This is a guide to the Seed Potato Classification Scheme (SPCS) and much of the guidance is taken from the relevant legislation, in accordance with which the scheme operates and growers in England and Wales have their seed potato crops classified. For the full details and legal requirements, you sho...

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Emerging Countries and the Effects of the Trade War between US and China EMERGING COUNTRIES AND THE EFFECTS OF THE TRADE WAR BETWEEN US AND CHINA

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May 13, 2019

Since the beginning of 2018, the multilateral trading system has been challenged by unilateral decisions by the United States of America (US) raising import tarries for certain trading partners, especially China. The backdrop to these US measures is the increase in the country’s trade deficit ...

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On Iran, Europeans Caught Between Multilateral and Transatlantic Realities ON IRAN, EUROPEANS CAUGHT BETWEEN MULTILATERAL AND TRANSATLANTIC REALITIES

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May 13, 2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on May 8 that Iran may reduce its compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if the non-US parties to the deal don’t find a way to provide Tehran with promised economic benefits.In response, the European Union and foreign ministers...

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Trump should be isolating Viktor Orbán, not feting him at the White House TRUMP SHOULD BE ISOLATING VIKTOR ORBÁN, NOT FETING HIM AT THE WHITE HOUSE

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May 13, 2019

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was one of the only European leaders to endorse Donald Trump’s underdog presidential campaign in 2016. Now, it appears Trump will return the favor.  On Monday, Trump hosts Orbán at the White House. It’s a meeting that could not com...

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China to impose $60 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods despite Trump warningg CHINA TO IMPOSE $60 BILLION WORTH OF TARIFFS ON U.S. GOODS DESPITE TRUMP WARNINGG

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May 13, 2019

China said on Monday it would impose higher tariffs on a range of U.S. goods, striking back in its trade war with Washington shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump warned it not to retaliate.

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A Long-Term View On U.S. Trade With China A LONG-TERM VIEW ON U.S. TRADE WITH CHINA

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May 13, 2019

Just hours after President Trump warned China not to retaliate against the U.S.’s latest tariff hike on Twitter, the Chinese Ministry of Finance did just that by raising the tariffs on thousands of American products worth roughly $60 billion in annual imports. Going into effect on June 1, the ...

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European Parliamentary elections: UK voting intention EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS: UK VOTING INTENTION

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May 13, 2019

On Saturday, an Opinium survey for the Observer gauged voting intentions for the European elections in the UK. It revealed a surge for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party which it placed on 34 percent, sparking panic among Tories and Labour. Support for the Conservatives has fallen to 11 percent, less t...

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The federal workforce deserves 21st century support THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE DESERVES 21ST CENTURY SUPPORT

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May 10, 2019

This week, during Public Service Recognition Week, we honor the contributions of millions of Americans who serve in government. These dedicated men and women keep our country safe, protect our values and provide critical support for all Americans, including veterans, farmers, small business owners a...

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U.S.-Chinese Trade War Keeps on Escalating U.S.-CHINESE TRADE WAR KEEPS ON ESCALATING

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May 10, 2019

The U.S. is continuing its trade war with China in 2019. Today, a tariff hike from 10 to 25 percent on US$200 billion worth of goods that had been put off since January took effect. After a truce and renewed talks between Beijing and Washington, which brought about no resolution, the Trump administr...

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President Trump Hosts the 2018 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox PRESIDENT TRUMP HOSTS THE 2018 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS, THE BOSTON RED SOX

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May 10, 2019

President Trump welcomed the Boston Red Sox to the White House to recognize their victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. Most of the team's Latino and African American players decided to skip the event over disagreements with the president's politics. The president co...

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President Trump Welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions The Boston Red Sox to the White House PRESIDENT TRUMP WELCOMES THE 2018 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS THE BOSTON RED SOX TO THE WHITE HOUSE

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May 09, 2019

Championship sports teams visiting the White House have historically been bathed in a benign, bipartisan glow. The athletes smile, the president salutes them and makes a joke or two, and a fine photo is had by all.

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U.S. Trade with Cuba is Worth Millions U.S. TRADE WITH CUBA IS WORTH MILLIONS

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May 09, 2019

While many people believe the amount of trade between the U.S. and Cuba to be zero, that sentiment is far from the truth. U.S. exports to the Caribbean island nation totaled more than US$270 million in 2018, while imports from Cuba – that part is true – were at zero or close to zero duri...

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The US-China Trade War: The New Tariffs, Coming TOMORROW To A Port Near You THE US-CHINA TRADE WAR: THE NEW TARIFFS, COMING TOMORROW TO A PORT NEAR YOU

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May 09, 2019

President Trump tweeted a surprising announcement that he would order tariffs be increased from 10% to %25 on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. President Trump also threatened to impose 25% tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports (another $325 billion or so). The United States Trade Representati...

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Mike Pompeo uses the Iron Lady to criticise the UK government for Huawei MIKE POMPEO USES THE IRON LADY TO CRITICISE THE UK GOVERNMENT FOR HUAWEI

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May 09, 2019

Mike Pompeo uses Margaret Thatcher to criticise the UK government for proposals to use Huawei in 5G network.

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Helping European Economic Area (EEA) & Swiss residents to protect their rights after Brexit HELPING EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) & SWISS RESIDENTS TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS AFTER BREXIT

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May 08, 2019

This factsheet is intended to provide local authorities with information about what action can be taken to secure the rights of European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss residents who will be required to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme in order to stay in the UK after the UK leaves t...

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SinoTech: U.S. Threatens Tariff Hike on Chinese Goods as Tech-Related Trade Issues Remain Unresolved SINOTECH: U.S. THREATENS TARIFF HIKE ON CHINESE GOODS AS TECH-RELATED TRADE ISSUES REMAIN UNRESOLVED

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May 08, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin concluded the 10th round of U.S.-China trade talks with Vice Premier Liu He on May 1. President Trump initially cast the negotiations as a success, but then tweeted on Sunday that he would raise the tariff rate on $200...

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Vice President Pence Visits Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Louisiana VICE PRESIDENT PENCE VISITS MT. PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH IN LOUISIANA

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May 08, 2019

What happened at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church, St. Mary Baptist Church, & Greater Union Baptist Church was evil, but these communities of faith overcame evil with good.

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Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at the 49th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE 49TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON CONFERENCE ON THE AMERICAS

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May 07, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks at the 49th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the Council of the Americas, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 3:25 p.m. at the Department of State.

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U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION

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May 07, 2019

On April 3, 2019, the Hong Kong government formally introduced its extradition bill before Hong Kong’s legislature, the Legislative Council (LegCo). The bill proposes changes to the territory’s extradition laws to allow ad hoc extraditions to countries and jurisdictions with which Hong K...

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Trump TRUMP'S CHINA TRADE WAR ESCALATION IS BAD NEWS FOR GERMAN AUTOMAKERS

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May 07, 2019

President Donald Trump's threat to raise tariffs on Chinese imports to the U.S. to 25 percent from 10 percent and potentially expand the amount of goods affected, will cause aftershocks for Germany's automakers. China has been a gold mine for Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW as vehicle sales rose...

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Strategies for Business Marketing to Government in the Digital Age STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS MARKETING TO GOVERNMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE

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May 06, 2019

This whitepaper is targeted to smaller businesses who are preparing and seeking to grow their business with the government, and need a roadmap for marketing to government buyers. More specifically, this paper lays out the approach for digital business-to-government (B2G) marketing , a critical tool ...

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President Trump Presents the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the U.S. Military Academy Football Team PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESENTS THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF’S TROPHY TO THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY FOOTBALL TEAM

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May 06, 2019

President Trump recently presented the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the U.S. Military Academy’s football team for besting Air Force and Navy on the gridiron. The president presented the award during an event at the White House Monday, and commended the players and coach Jeff Monken for...

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Home Ministry: More than just enforcing the laws HOME MINISTRY: MORE THAN JUST ENFORCING THE LAWS

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May 06, 2019

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says wielding the baton of the law alone will not keep the country's safety and harmony intact. Speaking at a media group interview held in conjunction with the first anniversary of Pakatan Harapan as the Federal Government, Muhyiddin said leaders in the co...

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Catalan government expands its presence in the world with the opening of three new delegations CATALAN GOVERNMENT EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN THE WORLD WITH THE OPENING OF THREE NEW DELEGATIONS

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May 05, 2019

Catalan government expands its presence in the world with the opening of three new delegations with these three new delegations (Portugal, Central Europe and the Baltic countries), the Catalan government is strengthening its external action in three strategic zones and putting an end to the effects ...

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If the U.S. Rejoins the JCPOA, Iran’s Power Will Not Be Unshackled IF THE U.S. REJOINS THE JCPOA, IRAN’S POWER WILL NOT BE UNSHACKLED

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May 05, 2019

Most prominent Democratic presidential candidates have said that they support the United States rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal with Iran that came into force in 2016 and that President Trump withdrew from in 2018. A number of analysts agree: Washington sho...

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U.S. Defense Spending Compared To Other Countries U.S. DEFENSE SPENDING COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES

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May 03, 2019

The United States spends more on national defense than China, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and Germany. While the chart above illustrates last year’s defense spending in dollar terms, the United States has historically devoted a larger share of its economy to defense th...

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Updated Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption
in Venezuela UPDATED ADVISORY ON WIDESPREAD PUBLIC CORRUPTION IN VENEZUELA

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May 03, 2019

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is issuing this update to the “Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela” issued by FinCEN on September 20, 2017.to alert financial institutions of continuing widespread public corruption in Venezuela under the regime of Nicol...

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How The Trump Administration Is Reforming Medicare HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS REFORMING MEDICARE

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May 03, 2019

The Trump administration is making fundamental changes to the Medicare program. These reforms are every bit as radical as the changes we have seen in federal policy governing employer-provided coverage and the market for individual insurance. Furthermore, it seems likely that the changes initiated s...

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National Transport Finance Plan 2018 Update NATIONAL TRANSPORT FINANCE PLAN 2018 UPDATE

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May 02, 2019

The National Transport Finance Plan was published in July 2015. It sets out in more detail how we propose to deliver the outcomes set out in the Wales Transport Strategy from 2015 and beyond. The Plan includes all transport interventions financed by the Welsh Government.

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Vice President Pence and The Second Lady Participate in the National Day of Prayer Service VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AND THE SECOND LADY PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE

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May 02, 2019

President Donald Trump on Thursday called for prayers for Venezuela, addressed recent attacks against places of worship and told the gathered audience that he got through "witch hunts" thinking about God, during the White House's National Day of Prayer services. Trump invited several p...

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Trump TRUMP'S DEMOLITION OF ARMS CONTROL

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May 01, 2019

Damage to U.S. security interests that is likely to linger well beyond the term of Donald Trump includes major setbacks to arms control. Several characteristics of the current administration’s way of operating are contributing to this result. One is the priority the president gives to embellis...

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The FY 2019 Federal Process Automation Budget At-A-Glance THE FY 2019 FEDERAL PROCESS AUTOMATION BUDGET AT-A-GLANCE

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Apr 30, 2019

As budgets shrink and public demand for services swells, the pressure on government agencies to deliver more with less has never been more intense.

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Smart Network Infrastructure: The New Standard for State and Local Government SMART NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE: THE NEW STANDARD FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Apr 30, 2019

With emerging technologies like IoT placing new pressures on government networks, it is critical for the public sector to have reliable connectivity. To better understand agencies’ network needs and priorities, the Center for Digital Government surveyed more than 300 state and local government...

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The Trump Administration’s Budget Would Make our Climate Crisis Even Worse THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S BUDGET WOULD MAKE OUR CLIMATE CRISIS EVEN WORSE

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Apr 30, 2019

Scientists around the world are telling us, in no uncertain terms, that we as in humankind have little time left to avert the worst impacts of climate change. Those include: widespread coastal and riverine inundation, stronger storms and wildfires; new disease vectors; agricultural and other economi...

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President Trump Welcomes the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe PRESIDENT TRUMP WELCOMES THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN SHINZO ABE

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Apr 30, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to have Japanese automakers produce more vehicles in the United States, according to a readout of their recent meeting provided by the U.S. ambassador to Japan on Saturday.

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Elizabeth Warren ELIZABETH WARREN'S COLLEGE PLAN WOULD BE A DISASTER. HERE'S WHY.

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Apr 29, 2019

The federal student loan system has been a massive failure. Each year Washington invests more in higher education, topping out at $93 billion last year, yet students are more indebted and ill-equipped for the workforce than ever. Despite the fact that economists have identified federal lending as th...

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Reasons US Jewish Leaders have Problems with Netanyahu REASONS US JEWISH LEADERS HAVE PROBLEMS WITH NETANYAHU

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Apr 29, 2019

Earlier this week, I wrote about the foolish and arrogant letter sent by the American Reform and Conservative movements and some of their associated organizations to President Trump, demanding that in the light of newly re-elected Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s intention to extend Israeli sov...

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Some certainty for UK plastic converters in the midst of Brexit chaos SOME CERTAINTY FOR UK PLASTIC CONVERTERS IN THE MIDST OF BREXIT CHAOS

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Apr 29, 2019

Whilst UK politicians have been trying to find a solution to the challenges of Brexit, UK plastic converters have continued to face the uncertainty of what may happen to prices in terms of import duties. This is of particular significance in the UK because the installed capacity to manufacture plast...

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President Trump Speaks to the NRA Convention PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKS TO THE NRA CONVENTION

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Apr 29, 2019

There will be thousands of deactivated guns on display during the National Rifle Association's (NRA) 148th Annual Meeting at the Indiana Convention Center this week where attendees can look but not buy.

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OMB’s New Approach on Shared Services Limits Acquisitions, Emphasizes Standards OMB’S NEW APPROACH ON SHARED SERVICES LIMITS ACQUISITIONS, EMPHASIZES STANDARDS

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Apr 26, 2019

A new memo released today by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revamps the Federal government’s approach to shared services by establishing lead agencies for business support areas, including cybersecurity, and requiring agencies to meet government-wide standards and gain approval to g...

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Op-Ed: Swampy Ex-Trump Officials Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke Are Back OP-ED: SWAMPY EX-TRUMP OFFICIALS SCOTT PRUITT AND RYAN ZINKE ARE BACK

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Apr 26, 2019

Former top Trump environmental officials Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, both forced out of their jobs last year under the weight of, for each, an absurdly large number of ethics scandals, have now resurfaced, with each accepting influence-peddling jobs in industries they previously regulated. The two ...

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Pound to euro exchange rate forecast: Will GBP/EUR rates fall on Brexit? POUND TO EURO EXCHANGE RATE FORECAST: WILL GBP/EUR RATES FALL ON BREXIT?

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Apr 25, 2019

I am now quite concerned that the pound could lose value against the euro owing to some new potentially negative news which is on the horizon. Next week is the UK’s local elections on May 2nd, the same day as the Bank of England will release its latest forecast on inflation and interest rate d...

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White House EO Shifts Security Clearance Ops to DoD WHITE HOUSE EO SHIFTS SECURITY CLEARANCE OPS TO DOD

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Apr 25, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that shifts responsibility for Federal government “security, suitability, and credentialing” background investigations to the Department of Defense (DoD) – making official a move that has long been in the works. Primary respons...

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Britain’s Huawei gamble is sure to anger Donald Trump BRITAIN’S HUAWEI GAMBLE IS SURE TO ANGER DONALD TRUMP

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Apr 25, 2019

Just hours after Donald Trump’s long-delayed state visit to Britain was finally confirmed, reports surfaced that Theresa May and her National Security Council have decided to let Chinese telecommunications company Huawei participate in building Britain’s 5G network. The decision is a dir...

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In interview, Trump blames ‘terrible’ Democrats for blocking Hurricane Michael relief IN INTERVIEW, TRUMP BLAMES ‘TERRIBLE’ DEMOCRATS FOR BLOCKING HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF

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Apr 24, 2019

President Donald Trump said in an interview Wednesday that Democrats were actively trying to “hold up” legislation to provide relief to Georgia farmers and other victims of Hurricane Michael six months after the storm slammed into the Southeast. And the president expressed confidence tha...

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'TRACK 2' TALKS TAKE US-RUSSIAN RELATIONS WHERE OFFICIAL CHANNELS WON’T

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Apr 24, 2019

When Russia’s Defense Ministry hosts representatives of 100 countries at its annual conference on international security this week, one group will be conspicuously absent: The U.S. and its NATO allies have reportedly decided not to delegate anyone to this year’s event. With relations bet...

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The Mueller Report Exposes U.S. Election Weaknesses THE MUELLER REPORT EXPOSES U.S. ELECTION WEAKNESSES

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Apr 24, 2019

It would be a profound mistake to overlook the Mueller report’s detailed account of a foreign government’s multifaceted efforts to interfere in a U.S. election. Russian efforts extended not only to the already well-known trolling and manipulation of opinion but also to hacking that inclu...

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China Is Not Interested in War with America CHINA IS NOT INTERESTED IN WAR WITH AMERICA

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Apr 24, 2019

The strained relationship between China and the United States appears to worsen with each passing day. Tensions have risen due to China stepping up its theft of intellectual property, the Trump administration initiating a trade war with China, and the labeling of China as a threat to U.S. interests ...

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The walls are closing in on Obama THE WALLS ARE CLOSING IN ON OBAMA

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Apr 24, 2019

The truth of violations of law by the Obama White House, long buried, is being excavated by two private groups. Judicial Watch has obtained testimony from a top FBI official that Hillary home brew server emails were found in the White House.  This means that Barrack Obama’s illegal handli...

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The Nuclear Deal Saboteurs Aren’t Finished Yet THE NUCLEAR DEAL SABOTEURS AREN’T FINISHED YET

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Apr 23, 2019

CNN reports that Trump may decide to cancel more sanctions waivers, and this time they affect ongoing work to implement provisions of the nuclear deal: President Donald Trump and his advisers are considering revoking sanctions waivers that have allowed several countries to collaborate with Iran on c...

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Israel ISRAEL'S SUPPORT FOR THE CHINESE MILITARY COULD HARM THE UNITED STATES

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Apr 23, 2019

The votes are now all tallied and Israeli prime minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has come out on top for a historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister. Among Europeans, progressives, activists, career American diplomats and professional peace-processers, hand-wringing abounds....

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The United States is Adapting to the Cyber Challenge, Says Top DHS Official THE UNITED STATES IS ADAPTING TO THE CYBER CHALLENGE, SAYS TOP DHS OFFICIAL

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Apr 23, 2019

One of the United States’ top cybersecurity officials noted the progress the US government has made in engaging potential domestic and international targets of cyberattacks, but argued that “information sharing is the minimum bar” the federal government should clear. According to C...

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A minimum wage hike in Florida would cost the state $540 million in 2027, report says A MINIMUM WAGE HIKE IN FLORIDA WOULD COST THE STATE $540 MILLION IN 2027, REPORT SAYS

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Apr 23, 2019

There's a price tag that comes with Florida's proposed minimum wage hike. According to the Financial Impact Estimating Conference, which submitted its calculations Monday to the Florida Secretary of State's office, the Sunshine State would be on the hook for roughly $540 million in 2027 ...

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International Engagement Key to Building Cyber Resilience INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT KEY TO BUILDING CYBER RESILIENCE

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Apr 23, 2019

US and international cybersecurity officials called for greater international cooperation to combat Internet crime and malign cyber activity during the Atlantic Council’s 8th annual International Conference on Cyber Engagement (ICCE) in Washington, DC, on April 23. David Koh, who serves as com...

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5G Access Key to Competing Globally, Says Former Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff 5G ACCESS KEY TO COMPETING GLOBALLY, SAYS FORMER HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY CHERTOFF

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Apr 23, 2019

A tweet can reveal your location, an Apple Watch monitors your health, a grocery chain loyalty card allows the supermarket to track your purchases. All of this constitutes what Michael Chertoff describes as “digital exhaust”—data that we constantly and unconsciously emit. The chall...

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A year before the 2020 census, experts share four key insights A YEAR BEFORE THE 2020 CENSUS, EXPERTS SHARE FOUR KEY INSIGHTS

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Apr 23, 2019

Less than a year remains before the United States undertakes a decennial census for the 24th time in its history. On April 1, 2019, national experts gathered at Brookings for a joint event with the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute to discuss what the 2020 census means not only for the natio...

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The Jolt: Here comes the movie version of Georgia’s 2018 election THE JOLT: HERE COMES THE MOVIE VERSION OF GEORGIA’S 2018 ELECTION

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Apr 23, 2019

The changes that result from a nationalized race for governor can be difficult to quantify, but a greater availability of resources some that arrive without asking is certainly one of them. On Monday, we spoke with Robert Greenwald, a director at work on a short film about voting in Georgia. The tit...

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Former US Ambassador to EU Says Trade War a Mistake FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO EU SAYS TRADE WAR A MISTAKE

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Apr 23, 2019

With the U.S. and China seemingly nearing the conclusion of a trade deal, many experts have predicted that Washington could next turn up tensions with the European Union. Those worries came as the U.S. and some of its European allies recently clashed on issues such as Huawei’s role in 5G devel...

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Trump gives US egg farmers pat on back at Easter event TRUMP GIVES US EGG FARMERS PAT ON BACK AT EASTER EVENT

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Apr 23, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a special shout out to U.S. egg farmers, saying they “do a wonderful job,” while he spoke at the 141st annual White House Easter Egg Roll, held April 22, the day after the holiday. Knowing that there were plenty of children ready to hunt for Easter eggs, ...

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Myanmar’s 2020 Elections and Conflict Dynamics MYANMAR’S 2020 ELECTIONS AND CONFLICT DYNAMICS

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Apr 22, 2019

In late 2020, Myanmar will hold a general election for more than a thousand seats in its legislative bodies. The lead-up to this election overlaps with the 21st Century Panglong peace process and the possible repatriating of Rohingya refugees in ways that only deepen social tensions. At issue is tha...

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The 2020 Election Is Shaping Up To Be an Expensive Run THE 2020 ELECTION IS SHAPING UP TO BE AN EXPENSIVE RUN

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Apr 22, 2019

With a crowded field of 17 presidential candidates, candidates raised big numbers for the first quarter of 2019. Incumbent president Donald Trump declared $30.3 million in his fundraising arsenal in this quarter alone. By comparison, Bernie Sanders was able to score over $20 million recipets, while ...

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President Trump and The FIrst Lady Participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY PARTICIPATE IN THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

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Apr 22, 2019

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome hundreds of children to the South Lawn of the White House for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

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Ivanka Trump Visits Ivory Coast IVANKA TRUMP VISITS IVORY COAST

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Apr 22, 2019

Ivanka Trump is welcomed by singing and clapping at an Ivory Coast cocoa farm, Wednesday, April 17. Trump speaks to women farmers as they cut open cocoa pods and sort cocoa beans to dry. This visit comes after the U.S. pledged $2 million to help women in Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry. Speaking ...

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The Supreme Court’s Census-Citizenship Ruling Could Have a Big Impact on L.A. THE SUPREME COURT’S CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP RULING COULD HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON L.A.

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Apr 22, 2019

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross thinks he has the authority to use the 2020 Census to ask Americans for their citizenship status. Today, the Supreme Court will hear his case, as well as arguments by lawyers representing the State of New York, Congressional Democrats, and the American Civil Liberties ...

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Deterrence and Detente on the Korean Peninsula DETERRENCE AND DETENTE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA

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Apr 22, 2019

In the current moment of uncertainty and debate in the U.S.-ROK alliance about how to proceed in dealing with North Korea, it is useful to look for lessons in the experience of the transatlantic alliance.  For decades, NATO has debated how to best balance deterrence and détente. The deba...

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Legislation to Modernize the California Public Records Act Improves, Advances LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT IMPROVES, ADVANCES

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Apr 22, 2019

UCS-supported legislation to modernize the California Public Records Act (CPRA) advanced through the California Assembly Judiciary Committee earlier this month, and will soon be heard by Assembly Appropriations. Assembly Bill 700 is intended to preserve the ability of researchers at public universit...

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Judge reveals secret legal battle in Greg Craig case JUDGE REVEALS SECRET LEGAL BATTLE IN GREG CRAIG CASE

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Apr 22, 2019

The federal judge overseeing the case against former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig has revealed the existence of a previously unreported legal showdown over how attorney-client privilege applies to testimony related to the prosecution of Craig for allegedly misleading the Justice Department a...

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The Government Shouldn’t Keep the Public in the Dark Just Because Private Companies Ask It to THE GOVERNMENT SHOULDN’T KEEP THE PUBLIC IN THE DARK JUST BECAUSE PRIVATE COMPANIES ASK IT TO

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Apr 22, 2019

The government often relies on private entities to carry out its work. It has them running private prisons, designing location tracking technologies, and developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems that automate government decisions, such as determining our Medicaid benefits, bail, and even whic...

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As Trump moves to cut off Iran’s oil revenues, what’s his endgame? AS TRUMP MOVES TO CUT OFF IRAN’S OIL REVENUES, WHAT’S HIS ENDGAME?

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Apr 22, 2019

Maximum pressure, meet minimum patience. The Trump administration took another dramatic step toward disrupting the status quo in and on Iran with the abrupt halt of all waivers for U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports. The decision places Washington on a collision course with China, India, a...

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Governments vs cyber criminals: which will prevail? GOVERNMENTS VS CYBER CRIMINALS: WHICH WILL PREVAIL?

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Apr 22, 2019

Government organizations around the world must prepare ahead for the omni-present threat of being shown up by cyber criminals. The US federal government has fared well on the cyber security of its government websites, according to the results of the latest Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll conduct...

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How GSA Is Helping the Government Embrace Automation HOW GSA IS HELPING THE GOVERNMENT EMBRACE AUTOMATION

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Apr 22, 2019

The General Services Administration is doubling down on bots as a way to free employees from the more tedious aspects of their jobs, and it’s trying to help other agencies follow suit. On Thursday, GSA officials announced they are creating an interagency community of practice for robotic proce...

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Trump won TRUMP WON'T NOMINATE CAIN FOR FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

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Apr 22, 2019

President Donald Trump on Monday said he would not go ahead with his plan to nominate former GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain for the Federal Reserve Board, saying the former pizza executive and talk radio show host had asked not to be officially nominated. "My friend Herman Cain, a truly...

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Will Congressional Democrats find unity on the budget? WILL CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS FIND UNITY ON THE BUDGET?

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Apr 22, 2019

Earlier this month, House Democrats scrapped a plan to vote on a measure that would have relaxed spending caps for the discretionary parts of the federal budget for the next two years. The caps, which have been in place since the passage of the Budget Control Act (BCA) in 2011, impose separate limit...

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A Look at the Implications of Trump’s Decision to End Sanctions Waivers for Countries Importing Iranian Oil A LOOK AT THE IMPLICATIONS OF TRUMP’S DECISION TO END SANCTIONS WAIVERS FOR COUNTRIES IMPORTING IRANIAN OIL

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Apr 22, 2019

The Trump administration’s decision not to grant any more sanctions waivers to countries that import oil from Iran is part of a maximum pressure strategy intended to cut off a critical source of revenue and force Iran to the negotiating table. But it will likely result in an increase in oil pr...

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How Would a No Deal Brexit Affect British Nationals Abroad? HOW WOULD A NO DEAL BREXIT AFFECT BRITISH NATIONALS ABROAD?

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Apr 22, 2019

Article 50 may have been extended, but with Nigel Farage back on the frontline with his Brexit Party, and a host of pro-Brexit Tories rounding on Theresa May, a no deal Brexit is still a distinct possibilty.  We spoke with the UK government in China in the hope of making British people aware of...

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The Jolt: The brewing generational fight among Democrats THE JOLT: THE BREWING GENERATIONAL FIGHT AMONG DEMOCRATS

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Apr 21, 2019

This morning, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren rolled out a big-ticket proposal to erase $640 billion in outstanding student loan debt. The 69-year-old Massachusetts senator’s plan would eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for each person with less than $100,000 in h...

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Congressional Russia Sanction Push Needs to Maximize Cooperation with Allies CONGRESSIONAL RUSSIA SANCTION PUSH NEEDS TO MAXIMIZE COOPERATION WITH ALLIES

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Apr 19, 2019

As the US Congress considers passing new sanctions to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine, interference in US elections, and material support for Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela, lawmakers should remain committed to a united approach with Washington’s European allies ...

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IRGC Designation: A Lost Opportunity to Weaken Hezbollah in Lebanon IRGC DESIGNATION: A LOST OPPORTUNITY TO WEAKEN HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON

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Apr 19, 2019

Designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) stirred panic in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s allies in the Lebanese government such as the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and Amal worried they too would soon bear the brunt of American sanction...

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The Need for Cohesive Data Management and Governance THE NEED FOR COHESIVE DATA MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

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Apr 18, 2019

Go through this infographic to know how Hitachi Vantara continues to invest in solutions that automate the design, deployment, and management of data delivery with the appropriate levels of governance and metadata. They improve the quality, use and value of data in dynamic environments.

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ESTIMATED IMPACT OF THE UNITED STATESMEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT (USMCA) ON THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR ESTIMATED IMPACT OF THE UNITED STATESMEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT (USMCA) ON THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

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Apr 18, 2019

The automotive rules of origin (ROO) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are outdated, contain significant loopholes, and have encouraged the outsourcing of U.S. jobs. The new automotive ROO in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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GSA Calls on Federal Emerging Tech Leaders to form RPA Community of Practice GSA CALLS ON FEDERAL EMERGING TECH LEADERS TO FORM RPA COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

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Apr 18, 2019

Emerging technologies are rapidly changing the way government and industry do business. In order to prepare for and fully leverage this technological revolution, GSA is forming a community of practice (CoP) for robotic process automation (RPA). The new RPA CoP will allow federal government leaders t...

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Breakdown of Budget 2019 for Post-Secondary Students BREAKDOWN OF BUDGET 2019 FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS

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Apr 18, 2019

Thanks to the tireless advocacy of students, post-secondary education saw a number of wins come from the federal government's Budget 2019. The government has committed to: Supporting student research; Creating applied learning and work opportunities; Reducing student loan interest; Supporting st...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT SOLDIER RIDE

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Apr 18, 2019

President Trump spoke at Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride reception. The warriors were honored at the White House.

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How the West Helped Put a Comedian in Reach of Ukraine’s Presidency HOW THE WEST HELPED PUT A COMEDIAN IN REACH OF UKRAINE’S PRESIDENCY

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Apr 18, 2019

With polls putting Ukraine’s incumbent president Petro Poroshenko far behind TV actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy ahead of Sunday’s run-off election, it is worth considering how the West helped put this secretive comedian, backed by oligarchs, on the cusp of becoming commander-in-chief of a coun...

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African economies, digitalization, and fragility: Insights from the Spring Meetings AFRICAN ECONOMIES, DIGITALIZATION, AND FRAGILITY: INSIGHTS FROM THE SPRING MEETINGS

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Apr 18, 2019

Africa’s overall progress and pressing challenges, such as slower growth in some major economies, were the apt focus of a State of the Africa Region panel on April 13 during the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. Among the solutions explored were the role ...

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What the Mueller report tells us about Russian influence operations WHAT THE MUELLER REPORT TELLS US ABOUT RUSSIAN INFLUENCE OPERATIONS

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Apr 18, 2019

The redacted Special Counsel report released this morning confirms that the Russian government, through various proxies, carried out a multi-pronged campaign against the United States before, during, and after the 2016 election. That campaign involved three distinct elements. The report describes in...

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The talent management problem plaguing effective government management THE TALENT MANAGEMENT PROBLEM PLAGUING EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT

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Apr 18, 2019

The problem within the Federal civil service is not too many bad employees, it is an antiquated talent management system which fails to keep up with rapidly changing workforce dynamics. A lack of robust workforce planning and training efforts has placed human capital management on the Government Acc...

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Where Trump’s Veto Leaves the Yemen Resolution WHERE TRUMP’S VETO LEAVES THE YEMEN RESOLUTION

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Apr 18, 2019

Late in the evening on Apr. 16, President Trump informed the Senate that he was officially vetoing S.J. Res. 7, the joint resolution that many hoped would bring an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Trump’s veto almost certainly means th...

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The coming showdown over government reform THE COMING SHOWDOWN OVER GOVERNMENT REFORM

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Apr 18, 2019

Donald Trump won the electoral vote in 2016 as the candidate of Americans who wanted “very major” government reform and a smaller government that delivers fewer services. The number of dismantlers, as I call this group, surged from a 17% share of public support in 1997 to a 43% plurality...

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Cloud Computing: Transformation and Digital Government CLOUD COMPUTING: TRANSFORMATION AND DIGITAL GOVERNMENT

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Apr 17, 2019

In this session, you will hear from governments around the region as they discuss their cloud first initiatives to further digital transformation in the government sector through the use of the cloud, block chain and IoT. Learn how they plan to leverage these technologies to improve the level of org...

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Finland’s Elections: Big Lessons from a Small Country? FINLAND’S ELECTIONS: BIG LESSONS FROM A SMALL COUNTRY?

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Apr 17, 2019

Need a respite from watching the slow self-immolation of British politics over Brexit?  Discouraged by French and German leaders asking no longer sotto voce if they can still count on the United States? If so, it’s instructive to look at what’s happening in Finland, a country whose ...

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Equitable Tolling and the Prosecution of a President EQUITABLE TOLLING AND THE PROSECUTION OF A PRESIDENT

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Apr 17, 2019

Attorney General William Barr’s recent four-page letter to Congress, quoting from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, stated that Mueller’s “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in i...

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SinoTech: U.S. and China Reach Agreement on Enforcement Provisions, Edging Closer to a Trade Deal SINOTECH: U.S. AND CHINA REACH AGREEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS, EDGING CLOSER TO A TRADE DEAL

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Apr 17, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin revealed last week on CNBC that U.S. and Chinese negotiators have reached agreement on an “enforcement mechanism” as part of negotiations over a bilateral trade deal. Mnuchin specified that both sides “will establish enforcement offices that will d...

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How Will Cybersecurity Influence The 2020 US Election Cycle? HOW WILL CYBERSECURITY INFLUENCE THE 2020 US ELECTION CYCLE?

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Apr 17, 2019

The air is undeniably tense surrounding the next United States presidential race. Not only does the Land of the Free currently have one of the most controversial commanders-in-chief in its history, but the issues at stake are being approached from more partisan, polarised angles than ever before. Wh...

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To Avoid an Iraq-Style Disaster Under Trump, Bolton Must Go TO AVOID AN IRAQ-STYLE DISASTER UNDER TRUMP, BOLTON MUST GO

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Apr 17, 2019

President Donald Trump’s instincts on a number of key foreign-policy issues over the past two years has not only been right, but also represent sorely needed policy course-corrections. Yet since his inauguration, some of the president’s closest advisors have consistently steered him away...

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Will a Queen’s speech spell the end of May’s government? WILL A QUEEN’S SPEECH SPELL THE END OF MAY’S GOVERNMENT?

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Apr 17, 2019

What is the maximum point of danger for the government in the coming months? After Theresa May secured a six month Article 50 extension, many MPs along with the Tory grassroots are irate and calling for her to go. However, it’s still not clear how they could force the Prime Minister out before...

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Mueller Report Redactions: Will Congress Ever See All of the Mueller Grand Jury Material? MUELLER REPORT REDACTIONS: WILL CONGRESS EVER SEE ALL OF THE MUELLER GRAND JURY MATERIAL?

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Apr 17, 2019

The wait is almost over. The Mueller report is set for release on Thursday morning. It’s already a number-one bestseller on Amazon. Congressional staffers are stockpiling booze and drafting take-out orders, anticipating a long night of reading. There is “breakdown-level anxiety” in...

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Election 2018: State of the Race With Ten Things to Watch ELECTION 2018: STATE OF THE RACE WITH TEN THINGS TO WATCH

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Apr 17, 2019

The preparatory phase in the race for President in 2020 is coming to an end. The race is still centered on President Donald Trump: replace him or keep him. That’s dangerous for the challengers, if as I suspect, interesting celebrity story telling is now as valuable as any quality in a candidat...

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5 facts about Indonesia as it holds national elections 5 FACTS ABOUT INDONESIA AS IT HOLDS NATIONAL ELECTIONS

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Apr 16, 2019

This week, Indonesia holds a general election featuring 245,000 candidates running for 20,000 positions, including the country’s president. The event is the world’s largest and most complex single-day election in the democratic world. Brookings experts have written and spoken about vario...

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First Lady Melania Trump Visits Fort Bragg FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP VISITS FORT BRAGG

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Apr 16, 2019

For the first time together, First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence paid a visit to Fort Bragg. Before they left, they thanked service members for their service and sacrifices for our country.

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What’s at Stake in Indonesia’s Elections? WHAT’S AT STAKE IN INDONESIA’S ELECTIONS?

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Apr 16, 2019

On Wednesday, some 193 million Indonesian voters are set to pick their next president in a general election that will also decide the fate of thousands of seats in local, regional, and national government. More than 245,000 candidates are competing for votes across the archipelago. Joko Widodo, popu...

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President Trump Signs Executive Order on Energy PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ENERGY

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Apr 16, 2019

President Trump traveled to Texas last week, touring the International Union of Operating Engineers' training center and signing two important executive orders on energy and infrastructure.

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Arizona Lawmakers Running Scared After Anti-Boycott Law Ruled Unconstitutional ARIZONA LAWMAKERS RUNNING SCARED AFTER ANTI-BOYCOTT LAW RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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Apr 16, 2019

Last year, an Arizona federal court blocked the state from enforcing its anti-boycott law, ruling that the law which requires government contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank violates the First Amendment. In response, the...

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AI at the US Department of Homeland Security – Current Projects AI AT THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY – CURRENT PROJECTS

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Apr 16, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) routinely handles large amounts of data. Its mandate is to “keep America safe,” and that encompasses many fronts. This includes anything to do with potential threats to the nation, ranging from border security to cybersecurity, so “big data...

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An Immigration Opportunity in the Infrastructure Bill AN IMMIGRATION OPPORTUNITY IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

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Apr 16, 2019

Recent media reports suggest that President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are going to meet and discuss the possibility of bipartisan legislation for up to $2 trillion worth of national infrastructure projects (see here, and here). This is great news; no one with a modestly critical eye can l...

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Trump signs measure to finalize drought plan TRUMP SIGNS MEASURE TO FINALIZE DROUGHT PLAN

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Apr 16, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a bill that finalizes the seven-state drought contingency plan. Trump took to Twitter to announce the finalization of the plan and thanked Sen. Martha McSally for “getting it done,” adding that it’s a “big deal” for Arizona. McSa...

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What did Japan make of Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit mission? WHAT DID JAPAN MAKE OF JEREMY HUNT’S BREXIT MISSION?

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Apr 16, 2019

Attempting to explain Brexit in 90 seconds might remind you of a Monty Python sketch, but this is what Jeremy Hunt attempted in front of a class of Japanese high school students on Monday. The foreign secretary gave a carefully worded summary of the Brexit situation using the graded language of the ...

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Can Moon Jae-In Bridge the Gap between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un? CAN MOON JAE-IN BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP AND KIM JONG-UN?

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Apr 16, 2019

Last week, South Korean president Moon Jae-in met President Donald Trump in the White House. A working level meeting, little major news came out of it. Moon’s likely goal was to keep the mercurial U.S. president committed to a course of engagement with North Korea after two mixed-at-best summi...

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Stressed White House Officials Fear Retaliation for Cooperation With Mueller Probe STRESSED WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS FEAR RETALIATION FOR COOPERATION WITH MUELLER PROBE

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Apr 16, 2019

Given the petty, craven, and retaliatory nature of the current presidential administration, along with the frothing groupies of the MAGA set, I get why some people in Washington may be feeling a bit of unease, with news that Congress will have special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report in ...

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Is the British constitution to blame for the Brexit mess? IS THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION TO BLAME FOR THE BREXIT MESS?

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Apr 16, 2019

We should take the opportunity presented by the lull in the fighting over Brexit, to talk about the British constitution. How much blame should it bear for the mess we find ourselves in? Most of it, in my view. We are repeatedly told that the great advantage of having no written constitution is that...

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Will Canada Also Designate the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Entity? WILL CANADA ALSO DESIGNATE THE IRGC AS A FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTITY?

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Apr 16, 2019

Following the Trump administration’s decision to label Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist entity, renewed pressure is likely from members of the Conservative party and other Iran hawks in Canada for the government of Justin Trudeau to follow suit. Alr...

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API-led Connectivity for Government API-LED CONNECTIVITY FOR GOVERNMENT

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Apr 16, 2019

Today, government IT teams are expected to deliver more services with fewer resources. Consequently, many agencies have prioritized legacy modernization, interoperability, and shared service models as a means towards increasing IT delivery capacity. We propose that successful execution of these init...

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Accelerating Government IT Innovation ACCELERATING GOVERNMENT IT INNOVATION

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Apr 16, 2019

Evolving citizen and constituent expectations have created the imperative for government to digitally transform. Delivering on digital transformation grows more challenging by the year, as the proliferation of modern technologies (e.g. SaaS, mobile, IoT) forces IT teams to rethink how to best delive...

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Netanyahu’s Fifth Term: The End of The Two-State Solution NETANYAHU’S FIFTH TERM: THE END OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION

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Apr 15, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s narrow triumph in Israel’s election this past week constitutes a big win for the right and, with Netanyahu’s last-minute pledge to annex the West Bank, a definitive end to any substantive peace process. Netanyahu’s political surviva...

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