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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reducing Costs in Government IT REDUCING COSTS IN GOVERNMENT IT

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Apr 15, 2019

Dave Reber, Cyber Security Director at Nutanix, talks about the total cost of ownership (TCO) of maintaining government technology and how cloud services can greatly reduce those costs.

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Can Britain really leave the EU before the European elections? CAN BRITAIN REALLY LEAVE THE EU BEFORE THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS?

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Apr 15, 2019

Last Thursday the Prime Minister told MPs that ‘if we were able to pass a deal by 22 May, we would not have to take part in European elections and, when the EU has also ratified, we would be able to leave at 11pm on 31 May.’ Her point – since picked up by ministers – was to r...

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FCC Chairman Sets $20B/10-Year Rural Broadband Funding Plan FCC CHAIRMAN SETS $20B/10-YEAR RURAL BROADBAND FUNDING PLAN

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Apr 15, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12. To distribute those funds, the FCC will cr...

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On Tax Day, Florida Democrats call for state version of federal earned income tax credit ON TAX DAY, FLORIDA DEMOCRATS CALL FOR STATE VERSION OF FEDERAL EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

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Apr 15, 2019

Saying Florida’s tax system is ranked among the nation’s most regressive, Democrats and advocates for the poor on Monday called on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would give more working families tax breaks.The families would have to already be receiving federal taxes back in th...

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Opioid Epidemic May Have Cost U.S. Governments $37.8 Billion In Tax Revenue OPIOID EPIDEMIC MAY HAVE COST U.S. GOVERNMENTS $37.8 BILLION IN TAX REVENUE

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Apr 15, 2019

The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due to opioid-related employment loss, according to Penn State researchers. Additionally, the researchers found that Pennsylvania was one of the states with the most lost revenue, with approx...

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How America Plans to Stop the Next Inside Threat HOW AMERICA PLANS TO STOP THE NEXT INSIDE THREAT

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Apr 15, 2019

When the Coast Guard accused one of its own in February of planning wide-scale domestic terrorist attacks from his work computer, it could be seen as the latest in a lengthy list of high-profile failures of the U.S. government’s security clearance and vetting process. However, in the most rece...

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How Britain can make life difficult for the EU during the Brexit extension HOW BRITAIN CAN MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR THE EU DURING THE BREXIT EXTENSION

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Apr 15, 2019

It is not good form for the British to be awkward and obstructive. The art of the compromise was the polite British way of doing things. Or so it used to be thought. But Europe’s axis has tilted since Theresa May’s inability to secure an exit from the EU. Jacob Rees-Mogg’s recent t...

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No surprise: Congress misses April 15 budget outline deadline NO SURPRISE: CONGRESS MISSES APRIL 15 BUDGET OUTLINE DEADLINE

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Apr 15, 2019

The first year of a divided Congress got off to an inauspicious start on the federal budget, as the House and Senate both failed to approve a budget framework for 2020 before going home for a two week Easter break, continuing a less than stellar bipartisan record of action on spending and deficits o...

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Warren vows to stop oil & gas leasing on public lands WARREN VOWS TO STOP OIL & GAS LEASING ON PUBLIC LANDS

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Apr 15, 2019

Elizabeth Warren says if elected president, on her first day in office she will sign an executive order prohibiting new leases for oil & gas drilling on public lands. The Trump administration has dramatically increased oil and gas leasing, including in Nevada. Reversing that policy is one of the...

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The Top 5 Use Cases of Graph Databases THE TOP 5 USE CASES OF GRAPH DATABASES

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Apr 15, 2019

Graph databases enable you to generate competitive insights and derive significant business value from your connected data. Discover the top five most impactful and profitable use cases of graph databases, including fraud detection, real-time recommendations, and master data management, among others...

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Graphs in Government GRAPHS IN GOVERNMENT

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Apr 15, 2019

Your government agency or contracting organization is challenged with solving complex, ever-changing problems. Within your vast amount of data, the answers exist somewhere – but only if you can make sense of the growing volume, variety, and interconnectedness of your data. In order to fulfill your m...

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Why the Federal Reserve Will Survive Herman Cain and Stephen Moore WHY THE FEDERAL RESERVE WILL SURVIVE HERMAN CAIN AND STEPHEN MOORE

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Apr 14, 2019

When the nominations of Herman Cain and Stephen Moore were announced by the White House, there was an immediate chorus of denunciations. The Federal Reserve is supposed to be independent, and these nominations smacked of partisanship. But the instantaneous critiques skirted the most critical questio...

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Why We’ll Go Bankrupt Without More Immigration WHY WE’LL GO BANKRUPT WITHOUT MORE IMMIGRATION

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Apr 14, 2019

Trump’s claim that we can’t let anymore immigrants into the country white immigrants, that is because “the country is full” is laughable on its face. But a report from the Brookings Institution goes into great detail on why, if we don’t let more immigrants into the Unit...

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Multi-Cloud Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for Government MULTI-CLOUD DESKTOP-AS-A-SERVICE (DAAS) FOR GOVERNMENT

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Apr 12, 2019

Dave Reber, Cyber Security Director at Nutanix, demonstrates the value of desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) for government agencies in deploying virtual desktops and applications.

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New ‘Medicare for All’ Bill Would Kick 181 Million Off Private Insurance NEW ‘MEDICARE FOR ALL’ BILL WOULD KICK 181 MILLION OFF PRIVATE INSURANCE

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Apr 12, 2019

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described “socialist,” is doubling down on his efforts to give federal officials total control over Americans’ health care. The senator has just unveiled the Medicare for All Act of 2019 with 13 leading Senate Democrats, including fel...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks on United States 5G Deployment PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON UNITED STATES 5G DEPLOYMENT

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Apr 12, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver remarks on the United States 5G technology deployment. The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it would hold the largest auction in U.S. history, of up to 3,400 megahertz, to boost wireless companies' networks.

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China’s Pursuit of Space Power Status and Implications for the United States CHINA’S PURSUIT OF SPACE POWER STATUS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES

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Apr 11, 2019

China seeks to become an international leader in space, or what it terms a “space power in all respects.” In this role, Beijing aspires to lead international space-related innovation and exploration and establish an advanced system of infrastructure to serve its space sector. China has s...

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Trump Policy, Not Sanctions, to Blame for Poor US Response to Iran Floods TRUMP POLICY, NOT SANCTIONS, TO BLAME FOR POOR US RESPONSE TO IRAN FLOODS

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Apr 11, 2019

The recent record flooding in Iran has killed dozens, inundated nearly 2,000 villages and cities across Iran, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to the country’s infrastructure. The Trump administration’s response through the State Department, predictably, has been to o...

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President Trump Greets World War ll Veterans PRESIDENT TRUMP GREETS WORLD WAR LL VETERANS

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Apr 11, 2019

President Trump is greeting World War II veterans at the White House, hours after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss "potential future meetings" with North Korea. Four World War II veterans, most of them centenarians, met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office with their...

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A Little Knowledge on Brexit A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE ON BREXIT

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Apr 11, 2019

At last we know something. The United Kingdom will not be crashing out of the European Union on April 12 and it will take part in the European elections on May 23. But that’s about the extent of our knowledge. We still do not know how, or when, or even whether, Britain will make its exit from ...

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The American Public Deserves to See the Mueller Report With as Few Redactions as Possible THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DESERVES TO SEE THE MUELLER REPORT WITH AS FEW REDACTIONS AS POSSIBLE

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Apr 11, 2019

Few matters are of greater public interest than the contents of the report produced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his recently completed investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, alleged collusion with the Trump administration, and any interference with...

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Md. Officials Blast Trump on Executive Orders, Reports of Agency Elimination MD. OFFICIALS BLAST TRUMP ON EXECUTIVE ORDERS, REPORTS OF AGENCY ELIMINATION

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Apr 11, 2019

Maryland officials sounded the alarm Thursday about two executive orders that President Trump signed Wednesday and about published reports that the president may be trying to dismantle a key federal agency. Trump signed executive orders designed to speed up federal approval of oil and gas pipeline p...

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Brexit checklist: What experts say UK tech companies should do to prepare BREXIT CHECKLIST: WHAT EXPERTS SAY UK TECH COMPANIES SHOULD DO TO PREPARE

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Apr 11, 2019

The UK – and let’s face it, all of Europe – is in a frenzy over the looming Brexit. After Theresa May’s deal was rejected three times by Parliament, the prime minister has decided to offer an olive branch to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour to find a cross-party agreement on the ...

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Shipbuilding and Maritime Union Members and Management Representatives Hit Capitol Hill SHIPBUILDING AND MARITIME UNION MEMBERS AND MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVES HIT CAPITOL HILL

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Apr 11, 2019

William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America participated in a “Day of Thank You to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for the Jones Act.” Doyle as a representative of management for the maritime industry joined labor on April 9th thanki...

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What both Trump and his critics get wrong about the IRGC terrorist designation WHAT BOTH TRUMP AND HIS CRITICS GET WRONG ABOUT THE IRGC TERRORIST DESIGNATION

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Apr 11, 2019

Monday’s decision by President Donald Trump to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization may be his most emblematic move on the world stage to date. The announcement has generated an entirely predictable paroxysm of histrionic rhetoric ...

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President Trump Delivers Remarks and Signs an Executive Order on Energy & Infrastructure PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AND SIGNS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE

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Apr 10, 2019

President Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, and signs an executive order on energy and infrastructure.

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Most Fed officials see rates staying on hold for all of 2019 MOST FED OFFICIALS SEE RATES STAYING ON HOLD FOR ALL OF 2019

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Apr 10, 2019

A majority of Federal Reserve officials last month believed that economic conditions would likely warrant keeping the Fed’s benchmark policy unchanged for the rest of this year. Several officials said their view could shift in either direction based on incoming data, according to minutes of th...

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SURVEY SHOWS BREXIT UNCERTAINTY WEIGHS HEAVY ON BUSINESSES MINDS SURVEY SHOWS BREXIT UNCERTAINTY WEIGHS HEAVY ON BUSINESSES MINDS

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Apr 10, 2019

Firms in the West suffered a big loss in business confidence during the first quarter of 2019, as Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh on businesses minds. The survey of approximately 500 firms from across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire also showed that UK sales during the pe...

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How the US Government Created the Opioid Crisis and Still Funds It HOW THE US GOVERNMENT CREATED THE OPIOID CRISIS AND STILL FUNDS IT

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Apr 09, 2019

The opioid crisis is one of the biggest health crisis in the last 50 years, here is how the US government.

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Trump Picks Family Separation Advocate Kevin McAleenan to Be Acting Secretary of Homeland Security TRUMP PICKS FAMILY SEPARATION ADVOCATE KEVIN MCALEENAN TO BE ACTING SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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Apr 09, 2019

With his selection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to serve as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump has once again shown that he has no regrets over his administration’s disastrous policy of separating families. McAl...

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Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, out amidst national emergency KIRSTJEN NIELSEN, SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, OUT AMIDST NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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Apr 09, 2019

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, submitted her resignation letter on Sunday, April 7, 2019, marking the 15th Cabinet-level departure in the Trump administration since January 2017. By contrast, President Obama had seven departures after three full years in office, and President ...

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The myth of the Great British Brexit trade policy THE MYTH OF THE GREAT BRITISH BREXIT TRADE POLICY

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Apr 09, 2019

It makes almost no sense for the Brexit debacle to have come down to the issue of an ‘independent British trade policy’. Trade was not a central issue at the referendum and remains wildly misunderstood by public and politicians alike. But we are where we are. If we end up crashing out by...

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America AMERICA'S NEW DANGER ZONE: DIVISIONS WITH JAPAN COULD WRECK NEGOTIATIONS WITH NORTH KOREA

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Apr 09, 2019

The causes of instability in East Asia do not only lie with North Korea. Japan-South Korea relations have significantly deteriorated and unless the Trump administration acts, it will find itself lacking critical support for its ambitious anti-nuclear agenda. Thus far, President Donald Trump has soug...

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Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is brewing trouble within her party THERESA MAY’S BREXIT STRATEGY IS BREWING TROUBLE WITHIN HER PARTY

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Apr 09, 2019

The Commons has voted by 420 to 110 to approve Theresa May’s decision to ask for an extension to the Article 50 process to the 30th of June. It isn’t a surprise that this motion passed, there is an anti no-deal majority in the Commons, but the 97 Tory votes against and the number of abst...

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How big is the problem of tax evasion? HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM OF TAX EVASION?

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Apr 09, 2019

Tax evasion – the act of not paying taxes that are owed – is illegal and is an underappreciated problem in the United States. About one out of every six dollars owed in federal taxes is not paid. The amount of unpaid taxes every year is plausibly about three-quarters the size of the enti...

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Expect volatility for pound to euro rates: UK Prime Minister Theresa May is running out of time EXPECT VOLATILITY FOR POUND TO EURO RATES: UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY IS RUNNING OUT OF TIME

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Apr 09, 2019

Today UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Macron in Paris. The Prime Minister has made it clear she wants another Brexit extension to June 30th however it doesn’t appear that she has a plan to take to the EU summit tomorrow and ...

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UK economy to lose 3.5% of GDP in no-deal Brexit: IMF UK ECONOMY TO LOSE 3.5% OF GDP IN NO-DEAL BREXIT: IMF

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Apr 09, 2019

Britain will suffer economic damage equivalent to the loss of at least 2-3 years of normal growth between now and the end of 2021 if it leaves the European Union without an exit deal, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday. The world’s fifth-biggest economy could quit the EU as soon...

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 GDPR の課題を克服する: 変 化し続ける規制要件に対応 する方法 GDPR の課題を克服する: 変 化し続ける規制要件に対応 する方法

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Apr 09, 2019

行政機関がデジタル イノベーションに追いつくのに合わせて、データの保管および共有方法に関する法律や規則は絶えず変化しています。さらに、組織が準拠する必要のある規制は国により異なります。そのため、組織にとってデータ コンプライアンスは、言わば「動く標的」と化しています。 こちらの eBook では、以下をはじめとする、規制への対応に関する最も一般的な疑問のいくつかをまとめています。 貴社に適用される規制 IT だけではなく、従業員やプロセスに関するコンプライアンスも確保する方法 コンプライアンス要求に対応できるようにデータを管理する方法 規制要件を把握する方法や、新たな展開に関する最新情報を獲得...

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The eclipse of the European Union’s global influence THE ECLIPSE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION’S GLOBAL INFLUENCE

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Apr 08, 2019

Between May 23 and May 26, 2019, twenty-seven European countries (twenty-eight, if the United Kingdom does not manage to leave the European Union by then) with a combined population of nearly 450 million will hold elections for the European Parliament. Political parties critical of the EU are certai...

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Libyan Conflict Could Worsen Migrant Plight, European Commissioner Warns LIBYAN CONFLICT COULD WORSEN MIGRANT PLIGHT, EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER WARNS

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Apr 08, 2019

The worsening security situation in Libya, where forces loyal to the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army are attempting to seize the capital city, could make conditions even more dire for migrants in the country, the European Union’s Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Cit...

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Operation Obstacle Course: How China Has Disrupted Negotiations with North Korea OPERATION OBSTACLE COURSE: HOW CHINA HAS DISRUPTED NEGOTIATIONS WITH NORTH KOREA

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Apr 08, 2019

As the United States pushes North Korea toward denuclearization, it should focus more on the Chinese lifeline to this rogue regime. An ally and neighbor of North Korea, China is a key player in the United States’ two-track strategy to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arsenal of weapon...

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Government-Led Innovation: China’s Path to the First World GOVERNMENT-LED INNOVATION: CHINA’S PATH TO THE FIRST WORLD

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Apr 08, 2019

The phrase “Made in China” may not refer to cheap products for much longer. China is rapidly transitioning from a manufacturing-based economy to one fueled by innovation and technological advancement. China may no longer be known as the “world’s factory” due to changes ...

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How Brexit could lead to Frexit HOW BREXIT COULD LEAD TO FREXIT

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Apr 08, 2019

Struggling to understand the ways of the French, the francophile Winston Churchill reflected whimsically in 1942: ‘The Almighty in His infinite wisdom did not see fit to create Frenchmen in the image of Englishmen.’ And yet today, the Almighty would struggle to create two more similar st...

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Could Theresa May cancel Brexit? COULD THERESA MAY CANCEL BREXIT?

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Apr 08, 2019

Is the de facto Brexit default now revoking Article 50 this week rather than a no-deal Brexit on 12 April? I ask because the Prime Minister is now explicitly saying the choice is a binary one between some version of her negotiated deal and not leaving at all (that is what she said in her sofa chat y...

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The Philippines "Mutual" Defense Treaty Isn THE PHILIPPINES "MUTUAL" DEFENSE TREATY ISN'T REALLY MUTUAL AT ALL

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Apr 07, 2019

For Washington, allies have become the equivalent of Facebook friends: the more the better. Yet rarely does America consider the cost of such military commitments. Officials assume the mere threat from Washington is enough to force even the most hardened adversary to back down. That appears to be th...

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President Trump Visits the Border Wall in Calexico, California PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS THE BORDER WALL IN CALEXICO, CALIFORNIA

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Apr 06, 2019

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd says the physical barriers built in the southern border is the cause for the drop in illegal immigration.

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For presidential candidates’ bold ideas, debate moderators must demand details and realism FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ BOLD IDEAS, DEBATE MODERATORS MUST DEMAND DETAILS AND REALISM

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Apr 05, 2019

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, debates will play a big role. Already the Democrats have announced the dates and locations for their first two debates. These will help shape a large and raucous field. And the fall 2020 debates between President Trump and whoever the Democrats settle on w...

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President Trump PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN UNDER WAY IN SEMINOLE COUNTY

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Apr 05, 2019

Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, will headline the 2019 Seminole GOP’s first Trump Day Dinner May 9 at the Lake Mary Marriott. “The 2020 presidential reelection campaign is already underway in Seminole County,” said Linda Trocine, chairman of the Republican Party...

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Thailand’s election has redrawn the political landscape THAILAND’S ELECTION HAS REDRAWN THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

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Apr 04, 2019

After nearly a week’s delay, Thailand’s Electoral Commission has announced what can best be called the “official preliminary” results of the March 24 national elections. While it will probably take at least until the final official results are out in early May for a new gover...

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Bernie Sanders is winning the money primary for 2020 (so far) BERNIE SANDERS IS WINNING THE MONEY PRIMARY FOR 2020 (SO FAR)

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Apr 04, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced that his first quarter fundraising totaled more than $18 million for his presidential campaign. This is an impressive accomplishment and it puts him at the head of a very large group of contenders. Next in line is Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who says she rais...

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Could Donald Trump unexpectedly triumph in his bid for peace in the Middle East? COULD DONALD TRUMP UNEXPECTEDLY TRIUMPH IN HIS BID FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

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Apr 04, 2019

Could Donald Trump win the Nobel Peace Prize? He would be following in the footsteps of his predecessor but unlike Barack Obama in 2009 his award could be for something significant: helping to bring an end to one of the world’s most intractable conflicts – the dispute between Israelis an...

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Tackling Corruption in Government TACKLING CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT

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Apr 04, 2019

No country is immune to corruption. The abuse of public office for private gain erodes people’s trust in government and institutions, makes public policies less effective and fair, and siphons taxpayers’ money away from schools, roads, and hospitals. While the wasted money is important, ...

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Brexit: what the public would do now BREXIT: WHAT THE PUBLIC WOULD DO NOW

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Apr 04, 2019

After winning a vote in the House of Commons late last night by one 'aye', parliament is now one step away from legislating against a no deal Brexit by forcing the prime minister to request an extension to the Article 50 process from the EU, while also giving parliament the power to decide o...

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House Dems Seek to Put Brakes on OPM Reorganization HOUSE DEMS SEEK TO PUT BRAKES ON OPM REORGANIZATION

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Apr 04, 2019

A group of 19 House Democrats many from districts close to Washington asked leaders of the House Appropriations Committee in a letter dated today to put the brakes on a Trump administration plan to shift government functions currently performed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Gene...

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DEMANDING BORDER ACTION, TRUMP THREATENS TARIFFS ON MEXICAN CARS DEMANDING BORDER ACTION, TRUMP THREATENS TARIFFS ON MEXICAN CARS

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Apr 04, 2019

A day before going to the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump again publicly warned the Mexican government that unless officials crack down on illegal immigrants and illegal drugs destined for the United States, Mr. Trump said he would slap tariffs on cars built in Mexico, and ultimately...

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The US budget imbalance needs fiscal therapy THE US BUDGET IMBALANCE NEEDS FISCAL THERAPY

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Apr 04, 2019

Afew years ago, th¬¬¬e internet went wild over a photograph of a dress. Was it blue and black, or white and gold? Many people were flabbergasted that others could see the same picture so differently. That’s what our fiscal situation looks like as well. Some see a revenue problem; o...

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What’s Troubling the EU-US Alliance? WHAT’S TROUBLING THE EU-US ALLIANCE?

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Apr 04, 2019

The US President Donald Trump said that for very long, the US has been shouldering the financial burden of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other member states especially certain EU countries have got away without doing much. In 2018, Trump wrote letters to NATO members states incl...

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Pack the Court? Putting a popular imprint on the federal judiciary PACK THE COURT? PUTTING A POPULAR IMPRINT ON THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY

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Apr 03, 2019

In 1996, to head off calls to impeach a life-tenured federal judge for ill-considered remarks about police officers, Chief Justice William Rehnquist cautioned that “judicial independence does not mean that the country will be forever in sway to groups of non-elected judges.” He recalled ...

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Central Americans need less violence, more development, and a safe place to stay CENTRAL AMERICANS NEED LESS VIOLENCE, MORE DEVELOPMENT, AND A SAFE PLACE TO STAY

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Apr 03, 2019

The Trump administration plans to punish the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for the continuing flow of migrants by cutting foreign aid to these Northern Triangle countries. The administration also blames weak U.S. immigration laws and border security for creating incentives for ...

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President Trump is Briefed by Senior Military Leaders PRESIDENT TRUMP IS BRIEFED BY SENIOR MILITARY LEADERS

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Apr 03, 2019

US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a briefing by senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 3, 2019. Following the briefing President Trump will host a dinner for the officials.

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Brexit minister quits over May’s soft Brexit plan BREXIT MINISTER QUITS OVER MAY’S SOFT BREXIT PLAN

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Apr 03, 2019

Theresa May’s decision to seek votes across the House and start Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn in a bid to pass her deal has sent ripples through the Conservative party today. Junior minister Nigel Adams this morning resigned over his discomfort with the new plan and now Brexit minister Chris...

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What the Brexit Mess Means for America WHAT THE BREXIT MESS MEANS FOR AMERICA

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Apr 03, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. has taken to the op-ed pages to lecture the British about how they should have taken his father’s “advice” on handling the Brexit issue. A more instructive cross-Atlantic comparison would examine how the state of political parties in the United Kingdom and the Unit...

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Exporting goods from the UK to the EU in a no deal EU Exit in 10 steps EXPORTING GOODS FROM THE UK TO THE EU IN A NO DEAL EU EXIT IN 10 STEPS

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Apr 02, 2019

We’re leaving the EU, so the way we export goods is changing. This video talks about the 10 key steps you’ll need to take to keep your exports up to speed. From where you can get expert advice and an EORI number, to classifying commodities with the right commodity code, to accessing the ...

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What is Trump WHAT IS TRUMP'S REAL OBAMACARE PLAN?

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Apr 02, 2019

“If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out,” President Donald Trump said last week, “we’ll have a plan that is far better than Obamacare.” Democrats couldn’t believe their luck. They still were reeling from special counsel Robert Mueller’s finding tha...

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Vice President Pence Meets with Family Members of Executives Detained by Maduro VICE PRESIDENT PENCE MEETS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVES DETAINED BY MADURO

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Apr 02, 2019

Vice President Pence Meets with the Family Members of Six Citgo Executives Currently Detained by the Maduro Regime in Venezuela.

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Theresa May admits she will have to soften Brexit THERESA MAY ADMITS SHE WILL HAVE TO SOFTEN BREXIT

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Apr 02, 2019

Theresa May’s statement in Downing Street was very different in tone to what she said a fortnight ago. She praised the best efforts of MPs and tried to strike a more conciliatory pose. May said she would request another Article 50 extension but she wanted it to be short so the UK would not hav...

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Betsy DeVos Under Fire for Defending Budget Proposal Seeking to Eliminate Special Olympics Funding BETSY DEVOS UNDER FIRE FOR DEFENDING BUDGET PROPOSAL SEEKING TO ELIMINATE SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDING

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Apr 02, 2019

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was under fire last week after members of a congressional subcommittee questioned the proposed elimination of funding for the Special Olympics. According to USA Today, DeVos shared that the budget will cut $17.6 million from the Special Olympics – the world&rsqu...

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Time for Trump to Assure Taiwan, Deter China TIME FOR TRUMP TO ASSURE TAIWAN, DETER CHINA

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Apr 02, 2019

Taiwan is the fulcrum of the rivalry between China and the United States. Yes, issues like trade and technology are crucial. But when it comes to security, geopolitics, and global leadership (both moral and political), Taiwan's future its strength, its sovereignty, its form of government is para...

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President Trump Welcomes the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions to the White House PRESIDENT TRUMP WELCOMES THE 2018 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS TO THE WHITE HOUSE

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Apr 02, 2019

President Donald Trump welcomed the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office at the White House on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June.

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U.S. Treasuries Deteriorate Over Improving Global Economic Conditions U.S. TREASURIES DETERIORATE OVER IMPROVING GLOBAL ECONOMIC CONDITIONS

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Apr 02, 2019

U.S. government bond marked a high sell-off as compared to the staring of the year 2019, as improved global economic data provided respite signs to the investors over a slowdown in the global economy. The U.S. 10-year yield-to-maturity jumped from the level of 2.340% (Day’s low on 28th March 2...

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Global Consequences of Escalating U.S.-Russia Cyber Conflict GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES OF ESCALATING U.S.-RUSSIA CYBER CONFLICT

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Apr 02, 2019

Cyber conflicts involving state actors are quickly becoming a geopolitical reality. Perhaps the most cited example, the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, is a continued source of conflict in U.S.-Russia relations. The story took another turn last October when the U.S. Cyber Com...

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TRUMP TRADE DEAL WITH MEXICO, CANADA STILL FACES HURDLES TRUMP TRADE DEAL WITH MEXICO, CANADA STILL FACES HURDLES

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Apr 02, 2019

Over five months after agreeing to an updated trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, President Donald Trump has yet to submit the deal to Congress for a vote, as the White House faces more calls from members of his own party to back off of steel and aluminum tariffs levied on those two U.S. trading...

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Trump Administration Proposes Sponsorship Opportunities for Federal Agency Staff Positions and “Assets” TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEDERAL AGENCY STAFF POSITIONS AND “ASSETS”

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Apr 01, 2019

Sports fans have long been familiar with their favorite stadiums being sponsored by companies. Under a new Trump administration proposal, positions within federal agencies and, incredibly, “assets” such as federal lands would be open to sponsorship by the highest bidder. We’d stron...

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Media outlets somehow make Trump the savior of Special Olympics funding that his budget aimed to cut in the first place MEDIA OUTLETS SOMEHOW MAKE TRUMP THE SAVIOR OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDING THAT HIS BUDGET AIMED TO CUT IN THE FIRST PLACE

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Apr 01, 2019

The Trump administration last week made a particularly cruel show of defunding the Special Olympics program in its annual proposed budget a largely symbolic gesture that was nonetheless indicative of the administration’s wholesale disregard for people with disabilities. After Secretary of Educ...

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No-deal risk remains NO-DEAL RISK REMAINS

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Apr 01, 2019

The week ahead in GBP With the government’s Brexit plan once again defeated in the House of Commons, it is little wonder that a fair amount of fatigue has crept into sterling in the past few sessions. The lack of a deal or a viable alternative at the very least one that commands a majority in ...

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Sisolak signs executive order to improve census count SISOLAK SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO IMPROVE CENSUS COUNT

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Apr 01, 2019

A 2020 U.S. Census undercount could have potentially large ripple effects for everything the census determines from how congressional seats are distributed around the country to where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent. On Monday, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order to establ...

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Where has the Millennium Challenge Corporation succeeded and failed to incentivize reform—and why? WHERE HAS THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION SUCCEEDED AND FAILED TO INCENTIVIZE REFORM—AND WHY?

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Apr 01, 2019

Among the 23 federal agencies that are involved in the design and delivery of U.S. foreign assistance programs, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is truly unique. It enjoys broad bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress; nongovernmental watchdog groups consistently argue that the organizatio...

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Brexit solution desperately needed BREXIT SOLUTION DESPERATELY NEEDED

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Apr 01, 2019

Friday saw the government’s plans for a Brexit withdrawal agreement lose in the House of Commons by 58 votes, the third time that that particular piece of legislation has been defeated. Today will see MPs once again take control of the debate agenda with indicative votes scheduled on alternati...

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What The Government of Canada’s Budget 2018 Means For Students WHAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA’S BUDGET 2018 MEANS FOR STUDENTS

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Mar 29, 2019

Budget 2018's significance for post-secondary students in Canada explained in an infographic.

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19-5 Brexit: Everyone Loses, but Britain Loses the Most 19-5 BREXIT: EVERYONE LOSES, BUT BRITAIN LOSES THE MOST

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Mar 29, 2019

In June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted by a narrow margin in favor of leaving the European Union (EU). Then home secretary Theresa May became prime minister and took on the onerous task of putting together a divorce deal. Brexit was set in motion when the UK formally triggered Article 50 of the...

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Brexit: Proposals for the future UK-EU relationship BREXIT: PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE UK-EU RELATIONSHIP

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Mar 29, 2019

The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the accompanying Political Declaration (PD) on the framework for the future UK-EU relationship have together been rejected twice by the House of Commons, on 15 January and 12 March 2019. On 21 March, the EU agreed to the Prime Minister’s request for an e...

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Agile IT Selected by Microsoft to Sell Government Community Cloud GCC High Licensing AGILE IT SELECTED BY MICROSOFT TO SELL GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY CLOUD GCC HIGH LICENSING

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Mar 29, 2019

Agile IT a provider of cloud managed services, business intelligence, and software integration has become one of only six vendors approved by Microsoft to sell licenses for Office 365 Government Community Cloud High (GCC High) to organizations with fewer than 500 employees, allowing it to expand its...

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President Trump Meets with Linda McMahon PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH LINDA MCMAHON

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Mar 29, 2019

President Donald Trump announced Friday that Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon was leaving his cabinet and taking a position on his 2020 political action committee.

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Nine Reasons to Oppose the Trump Administration’s Proposed SNAP Changes NINE REASONS TO OPPOSE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSED SNAP CHANGES

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Mar 29, 2019

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Trump administration closes a public comment period on proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) that could leave hundreds of thousands of unemployed and underemployed adults unable to meet their basic needs. As we wrote in a ...

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Dominic Raab: why I backed May’s deal DOMINIC RAAB: WHY I BACKED MAY’S DEAL

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Mar 29, 2019

I resigned from the Cabinet because I could not support the government’s Brexit deal. And I still judge it to be a poor deal. But I also recognise that with the government purporting to take no deal off the table, and its acquiescence in the extension of Article 50, that we potentially face an...

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Brexit Day is cancelled: May BREXIT DAY IS CANCELLED: MAY'S FINAL DECEPTION FALLS TO PIECES

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Mar 29, 2019

She had one last grubby trick to pull. As the hours ticked down to the moment Britain was supposed to leave the EU, Theresa May forced another vote on her deal. She told the Commons it wasn't really her deal at all. She claimed that supporting it would not prevent MPs from altering the overall B...

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Florida Republicans want to make it harder to put amendments on the ballot FLORIDA REPUBLICANS WANT TO MAKE IT HARDER TO PUT AMENDMENTS ON THE BALLOT

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Mar 29, 2019

A partisan clash over changing Florida’s Constitution was in full view Thursday when a House panel approved a proposal that would make it harder for citizens and groups to put measures on the ballot.  On one side, Democrats said the Legislature would infringe on First Amendment rights by ...

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Who Gains From Using the Far-Right in Ukraine’s Elections? WHO GAINS FROM USING THE FAR-RIGHT IN UKRAINE’S ELECTIONS?

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Mar 29, 2019

The G-7 wrote to Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov about the threat to Ukraine’s presidential election from the far-right National Corps political party and National Militia civic organization, both led by Andriy Biletsky with whom he has had a long relationship. The G-7 warned, “They in...

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North Macedonia Negates NATO Skeptics NORTH MACEDONIA NEGATES NATO SKEPTICS

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Mar 29, 2019

Ahead of last year’s decisions on changing the name and disputed symbols in what was then commonly called Macedonia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made clear the stakes. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Stoltenberg warned Skopje. “Either [Macedonians] sup...

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The Folly of the Trump Administration THE FOLLY OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PROCLAMATIONS ON ISRAEL

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Mar 28, 2019

Recently the White House and the Department of State released statements: one proclaiming American recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights; and the other commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Israel-Egypt treaty of peace. Each, in its own way, revealed serious leader...

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Senate Bill Would Block Move to ‘Nationalize’ 5G Tech SENATE BILL WOULD BLOCK MOVE TO ‘NATIONALIZE’ 5G TECH

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Mar 28, 2019

A bill introduced by three senior senators would require the White House to develop a strategy to ensure the security of 5G wireless systems and infrastructure, but would also block the executive branch from recommending that 5G or subsequent generations of mobile communications infrastructure be &l...

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After weeks of Trump trolling, California’s Capitol hits mute on the Mueller report AFTER WEEKS OF TRUMP TROLLING, CALIFORNIA’S CAPITOL HITS MUTE ON THE MUELLER REPORT

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Mar 28, 2019

Not so long ago, it seemed that the anti-Trump rhetoric emanating from California’s Capitol had reached peak snark. The month of March brought not only the usual mean tweets between the president and Gov. Gavin Newsom, but also a sarcastic note to Vice President Mike Pence from the Democratic ...

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Government Contract Readiness Workshop GOVERNMENT CONTRACT READINESS WORKSHOP

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Mar 28, 2019

Join the City of Columbia's Office of Business Opportunities at their final government contract readiness workshop on April 17th, as they will walk through the process of identifying prime contractors for subcontract work.

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US economy revises down Q4 growth rate to 2.2 percent US ECONOMY REVISES DOWN Q4 GROWTH RATE TO 2.2 PERCENT

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Mar 28, 2019

U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter last year to an annual rate of just 2.2 percent. There are concerns that growth has slowed even more in the first quarter this year as global weakness, fading government stimulus and rising trade tensions take a toll on the economy. The incre...

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Trump’s Federal Reserve pick owes unpaid taxes TRUMP’S FEDERAL RESERVE PICK OWES UNPAID TAXES

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Mar 28, 2019

President Donald Trump’s pick to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors had a lien of more than $75,000 filed against him in January 2018 for unpaid taxes. The president said last week he intends to nominate Stephen Moore to fill a vacancy on the Fed’s seven-member board...

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China and Canada Battle on the Canola Fields CHINA AND CANADA BATTLE ON THE CANOLA FIELDS

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Mar 28, 2019

Over the past year, U.S.-China political and economic disputes have been fought via trade, with the most salient Chinese maneuver being the rising of tariffs on American soybean exports to 25%. Now the prospect of agricultural warfare has reared its head up north to Canada. The Canola Council of Can...

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Want to know what’s next in Russian election interference? Pay attention to Ukraine’s elections WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S NEXT IN RUSSIAN ELECTION INTERFERENCE? PAY ATTENTION TO UKRAINE’S ELECTIONS

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Mar 28, 2019

No one knows who will come out on top among the 39 candidates running for president in this Sunday’s election in Ukraine, but one thing is nearly certain: The winner won’t be a pro-Russian candidate. As Ukraine marks five years since its democratic revolution, Russia’s war against ...

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US Government proves again that it has no problem spying on American citizens US GOVERNMENT PROVES AGAIN THAT IT HAS NO PROBLEM SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS

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Mar 28, 2019

Over fifty individuals including eight American citizens are accusing the US government of violating their privacy rights by tracking them in a secret database compiled and shared between Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland...

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Preparing supply chains for the Post-Brexit future PREPARING SUPPLY CHAINS FOR THE POST-BREXIT FUTURE

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Mar 27, 2019

A year on from the publication of the Damco white paper, Into the Unknown: Supply Chains after Brexit, there are still a number of unresolved policies and unknowable variables resulting from the UK’s decision to exit the European Union. For all of our customers, in the United Kingdom (UK), the...

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A brief history of NATO, from Truman to Trump A BRIEF HISTORY OF NATO, FROM TRUMAN TO TRUMP

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Mar 27, 2019

Since the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 70 years ago, the Alliance and the world have gone through three phases: the morphing of World War II into the Cold War; the prospect of “Europe whole and free;” and Russia’s return to its predatory and authoritari...

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Why the U.S. Air Force Just Launched 24 Stealth F-22 Raptors Into the Sky WHY THE U.S. AIR FORCE JUST LAUNCHED 24 STEALTH F-22 RAPTORS INTO THE SKY

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Mar 27, 2019

A U.S. Air Force wing in Alaska managed to launch 24 F-22 Raptor stealth fighters plus an E-3 radar plane and a C-17 transport, all in quick succession. The dramatic "elephant walk" at Elmendorf Air Force Base was more than an impressive photo-op. It showed off much of the new, bigger F-22...

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Vice President Pence Participates in a Bilateral Meeting VICE PRESIDENT PENCE PARTICIPATES IN A BILATERAL MEETING

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Mar 27, 2019

Vice President Pence Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the First Lady of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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Russia Is Sending S-400 Air Defense Systems to the Arctic RUSSIA IS SENDING S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS TO THE ARCTIC

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Mar 26, 2019

Russia is intensifying its efforts to exert economic and military control over the rapidly warming Arctic region. But it's not alone. The United States is staking its own claim on the far north. The Arctic currently accounts for 15 percent of Russia’s GDP, according to analysts Nataliya Bu...

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President Trump Participates in a Senate Republican Policy Lunch PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN A SENATE REPUBLICAN POLICY LUNCH

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Mar 26, 2019

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC), released the following statement after President Trump attended the weekly RPC lunch at the U.S. Capitol.

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THE WEAKNESS OF DEMOCRACY THE WEAKNESS OF DEMOCRACY

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Mar 26, 2019

Donald Trump is the most dishonest and most ignorant president in living memory, perhaps in American history. With his disdain for fundamental elements of democratic practice, such as freedom of the press and separation of powers, he is a danger to our American democracy. But his election and the co...

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Two Years After the UK’s Landmark Vote to Leave the European Union, Brexit Is a Farce TWO YEARS AFTER THE UK’S LANDMARK VOTE TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION, BREXIT IS A FARCE

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Mar 26, 2019

Brexit is officially a joke. The two years are nearly up and the United Kingdom is supposed to leave the European Union except that a large number of politicians who backed Brexit are neither prepared to support a hard departure that would extricate Britain immediately from all the institutional arr...

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Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief’s $50-a-night condo deal ETHICS BODY QUESTIONS EX-EPA CHIEF’S $50-A-NIGHT CONDO DEAL

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Mar 26, 2019

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released Tuesday that f...

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How Tony Blair’s special advisers changed government HOW TONY BLAIR’S SPECIAL ADVISERS CHANGED GOVERNMENT

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Mar 26, 2019

Tony Blair is one of the great conundrums of our time. We all know his legacy, from the widely-condemned invasion of Iraq to bequeathing a great National Health Service to the United Kingdom. But how he governed, how decisions were made, is still hotly debated. Was he radical, was he “unconsti...

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President Trump Meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU

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Mar 26, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared President Trump to Cyrus the Great, Lord Balfour and Harry S. Truman historic giants who helped secure the future of the Israeli people. Mr. Trump called Mr. Netanyahu a “very special man.”

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Enough of our budget farce ENOUGH OF OUR BUDGET FARCE

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Mar 25, 2019

The Trump administration’s new budget is fake news. That isn’t because it fails to live up to its grandiose title: “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” Nor is it a function of any particular defect, though no doubt there are plenty. Rather, it is s...

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President Trump celebrates conclusion of Mueller probe PRESIDENT TRUMP CELEBRATES CONCLUSION OF MUELLER PROBE

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Mar 25, 2019

Armed with his Attorney General's summary of a lengthy report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump was up early on Monday morning celebrating the findings of that probe, joining GOP lawmakers in Congress in declaring that his c...

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Finally: Parliament takes control of Brexit FINALLY: PARLIAMENT TAKES CONTROL OF BREXIT

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Mar 25, 2019

It was a historic moment. Tonight the constitutional battle over Brexit took a decisive turn. MPs finally took control. It had been a long time coming. Dominic Grieve first tried to wrestle control from the government in January. Then Hilary Benn tried again the week before last, only to lose by two...

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U.K. Denies Asylum to Iranian Christian, Says Christianity Isn’t a U.K. DENIES ASYLUM TO IRANIAN CHRISTIAN, SAYS CHRISTIANITY ISN’T A 'PEACEFUL' RELIGION

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Mar 25, 2019

The United Kingdom has denied asylum to an Iranian Christian convert, saying that Christianity isn’t a “peaceful” religion. According to The Washington Examiner, the U.K.’s Home Office, which oversees immigration and passports, rejected a man’s application for asylum, s...

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Republicans vow to ‘unpack the other side’ of Russia probe REPUBLICANS VOW TO ‘UNPACK THE OTHER SIDE’ OF RUSSIA PROBE

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Mar 25, 2019

A day after Congress was told the Mueller investigation had not found evidence of coordination or conspiracy involving Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections, a leading GOP Senator vowed to fully investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, arguing that President Donal...

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Trump’s executive order may jeopardize Yale’s federal grants TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER MAY JEOPARDIZE YALE’S FEDERAL GRANTS

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Mar 25, 2019

Days after President Donald Trump issued an executive order to protect “free and open debate” on college campuses, legal experts interviewed by the News speculated that the new set of rules could threaten Yale’s federal funding. Per Trump’s executive order, universities must ...

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Why the ‘Life in the UK’ test alienates new citizens WHY THE ‘LIFE IN THE UK’ TEST ALIENATES NEW CITIZENS

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Mar 25, 2019

The UK’s citizenship process subjects immigrants to requirements intended to enhance their identification with ‘British values’. Does the current process do that, or does it exacerbate immigrants’ marginalisation? David Bartram finds evidence in support of the latter: citizen...

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Brexit: What will MPs vote on tonight? BREXIT: WHAT WILL MPS VOTE ON TONIGHT?

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Mar 25, 2019

MPs in the UK will debate an amendable British Government motion on the Brexit deal on Monday, where they will have the chance to put their favoured outcomes to a vote. It will be down to Speaker John Bercow which proposals are selected for a division. Votes are expected to start at around 10pm.

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Cabinet coup or not, the government is on the brink of collapse over Brexit CABINET COUP OR NOT, THE GOVERNMENT IS ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE OVER BREXIT

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Mar 24, 2019

The correct reports in Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday this morning that some ministers (not all) want Theresa May to go now, and make way for a caretaker  either David Lidington or Michael Gove  tells me NOT she will definitely go within a few days (though she may) but that the government...

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Russia sends troops to Venezuela in message to Trump administration RUSSIA SENDS TROOPS TO VENEZUELA IN MESSAGE TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Mar 24, 2019

The Russian Defense Ministry send An-124 military transport aircraft, IL-62M jet airliner and more than 100 troops to Caracas, against the backdrop of growing tensions between Venezuela and the U.S. Some source claims that Chief of the General Staff of the Ground Forces Col. Gen. Vasily Tonkoshkurov...

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What to Make of Bill Barr’s Letter WHAT TO MAKE OF BILL BARR’S LETTER

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Mar 24, 2019

Leave it to President Trump to describe as “Total EXONERATION” a document that specifically quotes Special Counsel Robert Mueller as saying that one of his principal findings “does not exonerate” the president. The brief letter sent by Attorney General William Barr to congres...

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The Window of Negotiation with North Korea Isn THE WINDOW OF NEGOTIATION WITH NORTH KOREA ISN'T CLOSED

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Mar 24, 2019

President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi from February 27–28 skidded to an abrupt halt the morning of the second and final day. Trump had rejected Kim’s offer to dismantle the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center in exchange for significant sanction...

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A Grand Compromise on Immigration A GRAND COMPROMISE ON IMMIGRATION

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Mar 24, 2019

Americans are frustrated by the inaction of their federal government on comprehensive immigration reform and border security. So are we. We both represent districts on Long Island, and we have both worked on immigration-related issues for over 25 years one of us, Representative Suozzi, from the pers...

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Could US recognition of Golan Heights as part of Israel lead to War? COULD US RECOGNITION OF GOLAN HEIGHTS AS PART OF ISRAEL LEAD TO WAR?

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Mar 24, 2019

Donald Trump said via Twitter that it was time for the USA to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and regional stability. Between the 5th and 10th of June 1967, during a war called the Six-Da...

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The Lebanonization of America THE LEBANONIZATION OF AMERICA

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Mar 24, 2019

Identity politics has long been the cornerstone of Lebanon’s constitutional system. Seats in parliament and jobs in the government bureaucracy are divided between Christians and Muslims, with a Maronite Christian serving as president, a Shi’ite Muslim as the speaker of the parliament, an...

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Vote 1 Sustainable Australia in tomorrow’s NSW election VOTE 1 SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA IN TOMORROW’S NSW ELECTION

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Mar 22, 2019

Sustainable Australia are running 76 candidates, including 55 lower house seats the most of any minor party in tomorrow’s NSW Election.

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President Trump and The First Lady Participate in a Working Visit with Caribbean Leaders PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY PARTICIPATE IN A WORKING VISIT WITH CARIBBEAN LEADERS

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Mar 22, 2019

President Trump and the first lady participate in a working visit with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago.

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President Trump Meets With the President of Brazil PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL

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Mar 22, 2019

Today the United States and Brazil are the two largest democracies and economies in the western hemisphere. We have a truly historic chance to forge even stronger ties between our two great nations.

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Brexit endgame: European Union takes back control BREXIT ENDGAME: EUROPEAN UNION TAKES BACK CONTROL

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Mar 22, 2019

After the British Parliament defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with the European Union for a second time in mid-March, it narrowly supported a request to the EU for an extended Brexit deadline. This week, May asked for a three-month extension and her European counterparts granted a &l...

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Why Greeks abhor and applaud Brexit WHY GREEKS ABHOR AND APPLAUD BREXIT

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Mar 22, 2019

Pavlos Eleftheriadis is as Anglophilic a Greek as they come. His wife and children are British, and he is a professor of public law at Oxford. But the prospect of Brexit has altered Eleftheriadis’s view of Britain. ‘Psychologically, it’s difficult to accept that half of the society...

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It’s getting harder for Theresa May to pass her deal next week IT’S GETTING HARDER FOR THERESA MAY TO PASS HER DEAL NEXT WEEK

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Mar 22, 2019

After eight hours of talks between EU leaders, Theresa May has been granted an Article 50 extension. If the Prime Minister can pass her deal next week, there will be technical extension until 22 May. If the deal fails to pass, Article 50 will be extended only until 12 April so that the UK can set ou...

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Bernie Sanders is Leading U.S. Democratic Party Candidate BERNIE SANDERS IS LEADING U.S. DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATE

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Mar 21, 2019

As suggested by three different poll conducted by Monmouth University, Emerson College and CNN in March, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is leading the pack of declared Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election. Between 20 and 26 percent of registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning indepe...

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President Trump Tours Ohio Tank Factory: "We are rebuilding the American military" PRESIDENT TRUMP TOURS OHIO TANK FACTORY: "WE ARE REBUILDING THE AMERICAN MILITARY"

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Mar 21, 2019

President Donald Trump returned Wednesday to Ohio, the state that foretold his 2016 victory, with a tour of a tank plant, where he touted its expansion and told cheering workers “we are rebuilding the American military, we are restoring American manufacturing and we are once again fighting for...

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German Lawmaker, Stung by Demands Over NATO Spending, Calls for Expulsion of U.S. Ambassador GERMAN LAWMAKER, STUNG BY DEMANDS OVER NATO SPENDING, CALLS FOR EXPULSION OF U.S. AMBASSADOR

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Mar 21, 2019

A top German opposition parliamentarian accused U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell of  “interfering” in German affairs and advocated for his expulsion from the country after the American diplomat charged that Berlin’s new budget failed to meet NATO military spending requirements....

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China calls on US to block Taiwan president CHINA CALLS ON US TO BLOCK TAIWAN PRESIDENT'S STOP IN HAWAII

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Mar 21, 2019

The Chinese government is calling on the United States to bar Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen from stopping in Hawaii next week as part of her tour of the Pacific, according to Reuters.“We have consistently and resolutely opposed the United States or other countries which have diplomatic rela...

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Trump Isn TRUMP ISN'T PULLING BACK THE AMERICAN EMPIRE: NEW AT REASON

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Mar 21, 2019

His isolationist cheerleaders insist the answer is "yes." If you look past his bellicosity to his "America First" foreign policy, they say, you'll find the seeds of ending decades of neoconservative interventionism and limiting the country's military engagements to areas ...

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Fears mount for retailers as councils admit issues ahead of April tax cuts FEARS MOUNT FOR RETAILERS AS COUNCILS ADMIT ISSUES AHEAD OF APRIL TAX CUTS

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Mar 21, 2019

Retailers were promised millions of pounds in support by the Chancellor last October but with the new financial year just weeks away, many are still either waiting for their discounts or haven’t even applied, according to a leading real estate adviser. The government announced a business rates...

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High Court suspends Home Office deportations policy HIGH COURT SUSPENDS HOME OFFICE DEPORTATIONS POLICY

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Mar 21, 2019

The High Court delivered the latest in a series of blows to the Government’s ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy on Thursday. Walker J granted Medical Justice an interim injunction which will prevent the Home Office from removing or deporting people from the country without no...

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Trump Losing in Court at Unprecedented Rate TRUMP LOSING IN COURT AT UNPRECEDENTED RATE

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Mar 20, 2019

The Washington Post looks at the track record of legal challenges to Donald Trump’s policies, especially in regard to changing Obama-era regulations and issuing executive orders, and finds that he’s losing those cases in court at an astonishing, but predictable, rate. Federal judges have...

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First Lady Melania Trump Hosts an Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP HOSTS AN INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH PROGRAMS

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Mar 20, 2019

Melania Trump has chaired a White House meeting to learn more about youth programs at federal departments and agencies. The first lady has spent much of the past year traveling domestically and internationally to promote her "Be Best" youth initiative, which emphasizes their well-being, sa...

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Evaluating the President’s Management Agenda EVALUATING THE PRESIDENT’S MANAGEMENT AGENDA

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Mar 20, 2019

President Trump – and the nation – face a daunting list of challenges both on the home front and overseas, and how they are managed now and into the future will be key determinants of national success, or failure. The list of challenges is long and covers the gamut domestic and internati...

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Congress Chides Ed. Dept CONGRESS CHIDES ED. DEPT'S RESEARCH AGENCY FOR DELAY IN REPORTS, OVERSIGHT

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Mar 20, 2019

It's been years since the Institute of Education Sciences had formal research priorities approved or reported on its work to Congress, and lawmakers are getting impatient. In a letter to IES Director Mark Schneider, Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., the chair of the House education appropriations sub...

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Government: High Subsidies, Low Satisfaction GOVERNMENT: HIGH SUBSIDIES, LOW SATISFACTION

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Mar 20, 2019

The OECD has released results from a survey of 22,000 people in 21 countries regarding their views of government social programs. Governments in the high-income OECD countries hand out more subsidies than ever, yet many people feel that they are not getting what they want. The OECD survey finds, &ld...

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Analysis Suggests Low Federal IT Spend on Cloud Services ANALYSIS SUGGESTS LOW FEDERAL IT SPEND ON CLOUD SERVICES

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Mar 20, 2019

A new analysis from Apptio, a maker of technology business management (TBM) software as a service applications, finds that Federal agencies were on average spending less than two percent of their IT budgets on cloud services in fiscal year 2018, lagging far behind a reported spend rate for the priva...

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Full text: May’s letter to Donald Tusk requesting a Brexit extension FULL TEXT: MAY’S LETTER TO DONALD TUSK REQUESTING A BREXIT EXTENSION

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Mar 20, 2019

The UK Government’s policy remains to leave the European Union in an orderly manner on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration agreed in November, complemented by the Joint Instrument and supplement to the Political Declaration President Juncker and I agreed on 11 March...

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Economic Report of the President ECONOMIC REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

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Mar 19, 2019

To the Congress of the United States: For the past two years, my Administration has been focused on strengthening the United States economy to enable greater opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. During my first year in office, we began by building a foundation of progrowth policies. We init...

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Trump Administration Continues Funny Business with Transit Funding TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES FUNNY BUSINESS WITH TRANSIT FUNDING

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Mar 19, 2019

Almost $3 billion in transit funding that is supposed to be improving transit for American taxpayers is instead languishing in a strange state of political purgatory in the Trump administration’s Federal Transit Administration. Congress has allocated about $4 billion for new transit projects s...

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The Medicaid Work Experiments And The Courts: Round Two THE MEDICAID WORK EXPERIMENTS AND THE COURTS: ROUND TWO

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Mar 19, 2019

A more eventful policy backdrop could not have been scripted for the oral arguments in Gresham v. Azar (Civ. Action No. 1:18-cv-01900-JEB, D.D.C.) and Stewart v. Azar (Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-00152-JEB, D.D.C.) that took place in Washington D.C. on March 14. These lawsuits challenge the federal gov...

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US Government Knew Climate Risks in 1970s, National Petroleum Council Documents Show US GOVERNMENT KNEW CLIMATE RISKS IN 1970S, NATIONAL PETROLEUM COUNCIL DOCUMENTS SHOW

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Mar 19, 2019

A series of newly discovered documents clarify the extent to which the U.S. government, its advisory committees and the fossil fuel industry have understood for decades the impact carbon dioxide emissions would have on the planet. The documents obtained by Climate Liability News show how much the Na...

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Government acknowledges 15 to 20 migrant children held in ‘out of network’ facilities GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES 15 TO 20 MIGRANT CHILDREN HELD IN ‘OUT OF NETWORK’ FACILITIES

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Mar 19, 2019

The federal government has acknowledged that 15 to 20 migrant children in its custody are being held outside its network of publicly disclosed shelters, a day after Reveal reported that the government is housing unaccompanied children in secret facilities without the knowledge of their attorneys. In...

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Trump is learning the wrong lessons from Ronald Reagan – innovation policy is better than protectionism TRUMP IS LEARNING THE WRONG LESSONS FROM RONALD REAGAN – INNOVATION POLICY IS BETTER THAN PROTECTIONISM

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Mar 19, 2019

In March 2018, President Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminium, invoking concerns about unfair competition and national security. These protectionist measures were later extended to many other countries and goods. Starting with China, US trade partners promptly retaliated, giving rise...

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Primary Primers: Many of the candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary want to re-write America’s foreign policy PRIMARY PRIMERS: MANY OF THE CANDIDATES IN THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY WANT TO RE-WRITE AMERICA’S FOREIGN POLICY

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Mar 19, 2019

Criticism of America’s foreign policy is becoming a defining trait of 2020 Democratic Primary candidates. They have soundly rejected Donald Trump’s brashness, his anti-immigration policies and his apparent shallow knowledge of foreign affairs. Nevertheless, they are positioning themselve...

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Venture Capital Does Not Venture Into the Midwest VENTURE CAPITAL DOES NOT VENTURE INTO THE MIDWEST

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Mar 19, 2019

AOL’s co-founder Steve Case is searching for the next big investment in places where venture capitalists by and large ignore. In his 35-ft big red bus, Case is scouring the middle of the U.S. with his $150 million “Rise of the Rest” fund, a money stream meant to flow to entrepreneu...

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Appeals Court Hears Arguments in DC Trump Hotel Lawsuit APPEALS COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN DC TRUMP HOTEL LAWSUIT

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Mar 19, 2019

A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting profits from foreign and domestic officials through his hotel in Washington. The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia say government spending at the Trump Inte...

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Environment Remains Under Siege Two Years Into the Trump Administration ENVIRONMENT REMAINS UNDER SIEGE TWO YEARS INTO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Mar 19, 2019

Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump has racked up some high-profile policy failures. There’s no wall spanning the length of our southern border, no denuclearization underway in North Korea, and ethics scandals have swamped his administration. But when it comes to environmental policy c...

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Federal Gas Tax Increase Not Needed FEDERAL GAS TAX INCREASE NOT NEEDED

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Mar 19, 2019

President Trump’s new budget proposes to increase federal spending on infrastructure by $200 billion over 10 years. Many members of Congress are supportive. Some favor raising federal gas taxes to fund more highway spending, and President Trump may be on board. However, increasing federal gas ...

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Bernie Sanders’ New Campaign Advisor David Sirota Once Touted Hugo Chavez’s ‘Economic Miracle’ in Venezuela BERNIE SANDERS’ NEW CAMPAIGN ADVISOR DAVID SIROTA ONCE TOUTED HUGO CHAVEZ’S ‘ECONOMIC MIRACLE’ IN VENEZUELA

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Mar 19, 2019

Several new staffers have joined the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I¬–Vt.), including David Sirota, a columnist and political activist who once praised the economic policies of former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. In a 2013 column for Salon, Sirota creditedChavez's &...

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President Trump Meets with the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL

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Mar 19, 2019

President Trump on Tuesday said he intended to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, a move that would deepen the U.S.’s military ties to the country.

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Breaking Down the Combating BDS Act of 2019 and First Amendment Challenges to State Anti-BDS Laws BREAKING DOWN THE COMBATING BDS ACT OF 2019 AND FIRST AMENDMENT CHALLENGES TO STATE ANTI-BDS LAWS

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Mar 19, 2019

On Feb. 5, the Senate passed a package of Middle East policy bills, including the Combating BDS Act of 2019. The act, which would affect laws on the books in 26 states that prevent state and local governments from doing business with entities that boycott Israel, has reignited debate over whether la...

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Nielsen Calls for ‘Whole of Society’ Effort on Cyber NIELSEN CALLS FOR ‘WHOLE OF SOCIETY’ EFFORT ON CYBER

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Mar 19, 2019

To improve cybersecurity in the U.S., a whole of government approach isn’t enough – the nation needs a “whole of society” approach to cybersecurity, said Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a speech hosted by Auburn University yesterday. Previewing the department&rsquo...

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How a Bill Becomes a Law HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW

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Mar 18, 2019

The U.S. Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government and makes laws for the nation. Congress has two legislative bodies or chambers: the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Anyone elected to either body can propose a new law. A proposal for a new law is called a bill....

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Where progress with China is most likely—and where it isn’t WHERE PROGRESS WITH CHINA IS MOST LIKELY—AND WHERE IT ISN’T

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Mar 18, 2019

The beginning of China’s rise as a global power can be dated to the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001. Throughout the next 16 years of the Bush and Obama administrations, the United States engaged in intensive bilateral diplomacy with China with the aim of getti...

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US sanctions hurting Venezuela US SANCTIONS HURTING VENEZUELA'S MOST VULNERABLE

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Mar 18, 2019

Hardship is everywhere in Venezuela these days. Everywhere I go there are people trying to fulfil their basic needs. Some more than others, but the struggle is the same. Take Alfredo Felix for example. The 60-year-old suffers from diabetes and needs dialysis three times a week. But the power outages...

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President Trump Attends the Greek Independence Day Celebration PRESIDENT TRUMP ATTENDS THE GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

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Mar 18, 2019

The White House has recognized the day for over 30 years, celebrating when Greeks in 1821 declared independence from the Ottoman Empire on March 25.

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DARPA is working on an open source, secure e-voting system DARPA IS WORKING ON AN OPEN SOURCE, SECURE E-VOTING SYSTEM

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Mar 18, 2019

The US Government is working on an electronic voting system that it hopes will prevent people from tinkering with voting machines at the polls. Motherboard reports that the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working with Oregon-based verifiable systems company Galois to create a vo...

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Dear Congress: What DEAR CONGRESS: WHAT'S YOUR PLAN?

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Mar 18, 2019

The Senate voted last week to block President Trump's emergency declaration on the southern border, and the president vetoed that measure, passed earlier by the House. Congress is unlikely to be able to override the veto. Then the measure will be challenged in the courts, likely in the Northern ...

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Bureaucrats Licensed to Spend Your Tax Dollars BUREAUCRATS LICENSED TO SPEND YOUR TAX DOLLARS

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Mar 18, 2019

Every September, as the end of the U.S. government’s fiscal year draws near, thousands of federal bureaucrats go on a massive spending bender, lest they risk having their future budgets cut in the next year because they didn’t spend all the money they could have in the current year.

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Would the EU reject an Article 50 extension request? WOULD THE EU REJECT AN ARTICLE 50 EXTENSION REQUEST?

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Mar 18, 2019

Any extension to the Article 50 process would have to be unanimously agreed by the EU 27. This has led to some speculation that there might be a veto. But this strikes me as highly unlikely. One of the EU’s priorities in this negotiation has been to try and avoid blame, which explains Michel B...

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An Inside Look at New York State Government Cybersecurity AN INSIDE LOOK AT NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT CYBERSECURITY

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Mar 17, 2019

As part of its enterprise IT transformation, New York state radically transformed its cybersecurity efforts. In this exclusive interview with CISO Deborah Snyder, we see how her team implemented their impressive program. As part of a massive IT transformation and consolidation effort, the state of N...

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Following Christchurch, Trudeau government must address Islamophobia now FOLLOWING CHRISTCHURCH, TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT MUST ADDRESS ISLAMOPHOBIA NOW

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Mar 17, 2019

While the latest mass murder of Muslims by a terrorist happened in Christchurch, New Zealand, it could have happened in Canada. Despite the fact that Canada had its own national tragedy with Islamophobia on January 29, 2017 when Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire on Muslim worshippers in Quebec City,...

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What does the charitable sector want from Federal Budget 2019? WHAT DOES THE CHARITABLE SECTOR WANT FROM FEDERAL BUDGET 2019?

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Mar 15, 2019

Federal Budget 2019 is set to be tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 19, 2019. We were curious (aren’t we always?) and wanted to better understand what the charitable sector wants and needs from the upcoming Federal Budget.

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The Senate vote on the wall brought Trump closer to impeachment THE SENATE VOTE ON THE WALL BROUGHT TRUMP CLOSER TO IMPEACHMENT

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Mar 15, 2019

The Senate vote overturning President Trump’s emergency declaration brings him closer to impeachment. Twelve Republicans joined every Democrat in standing up to their president on this issue many more than had been expected even a week ago. It is the movement of Republicans that makes impeachm...

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President Trump Remarks on the National Security and Humanitarian Crisis on Our Southern Border PRESIDENT TRUMP REMARKS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER

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Mar 15, 2019

I spoke with Prime Minister Ardern of New Zealand to express the sorrow of our entire nation following the monstrous terror attacks at two mosques.  These sacred places of worship were turned into scenes of evil killing.  You’ve all been seeing what went on.  It’s a horrib...

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Did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Pay for Itself in 2018? DID THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PAY FOR ITSELF IN 2018?

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Mar 15, 2019

Were you surprised that the 2017 tax overhaul, commonly referred as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), did not increase revenues in 2018?  Probably not, but several prominent conservatives, including Republicans in the House and Senate, former Reagan economist Art Laffer, and members of the Trum...

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Americans want the wealthy and corporations to pay more taxes, but are elected officials listening? AMERICANS WANT THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS TO PAY MORE TAXES, BUT ARE ELECTED OFFICIALS LISTENING?

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Mar 14, 2019

Economic inequality is on the rise in the United States and has been for the past 40 years. Prominent Democrats have offered several proposals to curb inequality by taxing those at the very top. Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed a wealth tax of two percent on those holding more than $50 million ...

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Why Democratic ‘disarray’ is not a disaster WHY DEMOCRATIC ‘DISARRAY’ IS NOT A DISASTER

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Mar 14, 2019

Conventional wisdom has the House Democrats in disarray. We beg to differ. This newest trope began with remarks by newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) questioning the allegiance to the United States of American Jews who support Israel. This brought quick denunciation from a number of her Democratic...

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A ‘Renewed Resolve’ in Congress to Reinforce NATO A ‘RENEWED RESOLVE’ IN CONGRESS TO REINFORCE NATO

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Mar 14, 2019

There is a “renewed resolve” in the US Congress “to reinforce NATO and its mission, to rededicate ourselves to meeting certain goals like the 2 percent goal for defense spending, and to send clear and unmistakable messages to Vladimir Putin’s Russia that the physical compromi...

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President Trump Participates in the Friends of Ireland Luncheon PRESIDENT TRUMP PARTICIPATES IN THE FRIENDS OF IRELAND LUNCHEON

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Mar 14, 2019

President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Taoiseach of Ireland participate in the Friends of Ireland luncheon ahead of St. Patrick's Day.

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Theresa May’s Brexit Deal May Still Win Over a Highly Fractured Parliament THERESA MAY’S BREXIT DEAL MAY STILL WIN OVER A HIGHLY FRACTURED PARLIAMENT

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Mar 14, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May finally secured a key parliamentary victory on March 14 that strengthened the prospect she will eventually be able to get parliamentary approval for her deal to take Britain out of the European Union. But the price she has had to pay is that Britain will seek a thr...

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Court wrestles with law banning foreign donations COURT WRESTLES WITH LAW BANNING FOREIGN DONATIONS

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Mar 14, 2019

The federal government’s claim that it has the authority to ban foreigners from voting and donating in state and local elections prompted sharp questioning from a federal appeals court panel this week. Three 9th Circuit judges heard challenges Wednesday brought by two men convicted of campaign...

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Congress must probe government CONGRESS MUST PROBE GOVERNMENT'S MONITORING OF JOURNALISTS COVERING THE MIGRANT CARAVAN

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Mar 14, 2019

In December of last year, Bing Guan and Go Nakamura, both experienced photojournalists based in New York, were working out of Mexico, chasing a big story: a caravan of 2,000 migrants at the U.S. border. When the journalists crossed back into the United States through the Tijuana-San Diego checkpoint...

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Joint letter urges congressional action on Jamal Khashoggi case JOINT LETTER URGES CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON JAMAL KHASHOGGI CASE

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Mar 14, 2019

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 10 human rights and press freedom groups in sending a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) leadership urging congressional action in the pursuit of justice for murdered Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. The grou...

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Is IS 'EXTREME VETTING' REALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR BACKLOGS AT USCIS?

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Mar 14, 2019

Recently, I cast doubt on the spin put on a story in Law360, having to do with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decision to close its offices abroad. The reason is that, in my opinion, it advanced a facile argument by members of the private bar that the closure would have an adv...

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Senior Republican, eyeing Trump budget, worries about U.S. debt SENIOR REPUBLICAN, EYEING TRUMP BUDGET, WORRIES ABOUT U.S. DEBT

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Mar 14, 2019

A senior Senate Republican gave a lukewarm welcome to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget plan, complaining on Wednesday that growing debt was taking the country in “an ominous direction.” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi opened a hearing on the Republican president...

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Rick Scott vows to fight for Everglades, ports funding RICK SCOTT VOWS TO FIGHT FOR EVERGLADES, PORTS FUNDING

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Mar 14, 2019

Sen. Rick Scott announced Thursday his “Fighting for Florida” budget priorities and some will be a heavy lift. “There are many priorities critical to Florida’s future that I plan to fight for in the United States Senate, including lowering the cost of prescription drugs, prom...

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OMB Nixes First Quarter PMA Progress Updates, Cites Shutdown Impact OMB NIXES FIRST QUARTER PMA PROGRESS UPDATES, CITES SHUTDOWN IMPACT

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Mar 14, 2019

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will not be providing its regular quarterly update on President’s Management Agenda (PMA) goals this month. The update for the first calendar quarter of 2019 had been expected in the coming days, as the PMA approached its one-year anniversary on March ...

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Retail groups cautiously welcome MPs’ Brexit no-deal rejection RETAIL GROUPS CAUTIOUSLY WELCOME MPS’ BREXIT NO-DEAL REJECTION

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Mar 14, 2019

Two leading retail lobby groups have cautiously MPs’ decision to reject a no-deal Brexit, but called on Westminster to urgently find a new solution. Last night, MPs voted by 312 to 308 to reject a no-deal Brexit scenario. Tonight, MPs will vote again – this time regarding whether it shou...

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China vs. USA: Who Wins the Battle for Blockchain? CHINA VS. USA: WHO WINS THE BATTLE FOR BLOCKCHAIN?

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Mar 14, 2019

China and the United States are the superpowers of the 21st century, and their respective innovations in the blockchain put both countries on the first place in the technological list of leaders. As the two countries clash in a widely advertised trade war, many people are also looking for which coun...

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US-EU Trade Negotiations: Talking Past Each Other US-EU TRADE NEGOTIATIONS: TALKING PAST EACH OTHER

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Mar 14, 2019

Since the July 2018 agreement between US President Donald J. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to start trade negotiations, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Commission Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström have met five times most recently on March...

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President Trump Meets with the Prime Minister of Ireland PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF IRELAND

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Mar 14, 2019

Leo Varadkar, prime minister of Ireland, cuts a sharp contrast to President Trump. Three decades younger, openly gay and the biracial son of an Indian immigrant, he has pushed liberal policies at home and a “Global Ireland” multilateral approach abroad. Trump, on the other hand, claims &...

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Vice President Pence Visits U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Facility VICE PRESIDENT PENCE VISITS U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION ADVANCED TRAINING FACILITY

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Mar 14, 2019

Every day we don't secure our border we're allowing this crisis to worsen while lives are being endangered and exploited. We call on every member of United States Senate to stand up for border security.

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How this government reform bill proves why government needs reform HOW THIS GOVERNMENT REFORM BILL PROVES WHY GOVERNMENT NEEDS REFORM

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Mar 13, 2019

House Democrats should be commended for passing a substantive bill to make government more open, more ethical and more transparent. But because the bill, H.R. 1, was written by Democrats alone and because the GOP has refused to release a substantive counter-proposal the House bill isn’t going ...

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The tragedy of Mick Mulvaney and the war budget THE TRAGEDY OF MICK MULVANEY AND THE WAR BUDGET

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Mar 13, 2019

This week the Trump administration released its budget request for the 2020 fiscal year, which includes a total of $750 billion for national defense, nearly 5 percent higher than the current level of funding. But that total is $174 billion higher than the Budget Control Act (BCA) budget caps for def...

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Sunshine Week sheds light on governments SUNSHINE WEEK SHEDS LIGHT ON GOVERNMENTS

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Mar 13, 2019

That also means that citizens, regardless of status or station, should be able to see what any government agency is doing. Sunday, March 10, to Saturday, March 16, is Sunshine Week, when news agencies around the country cele­brate wins that have made government more trans­parent and to also ...

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Theresa May: if you don’t accept this deal, there will be a long extension to Article 50 THERESA MAY: IF YOU DON’T ACCEPT THIS DEAL, THERE WILL BE A LONG EXTENSION TO ARTICLE 50

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Mar 13, 2019

The House has today provided a clear majority against leaving without a deal. However, I will repeat what I have said before. This is about the choices that this House faces. The legal default in UK and EU law remains that the UK will leave the EU without a deal unless something else is agreed. The ...

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Parliament to Vote on Adopting EU Employment Laws After Brexit PARLIAMENT TO VOTE ON ADOPTING EU EMPLOYMENT LAWS AFTER BREXIT

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Mar 13, 2019

Parliament will be able to vote on whether to adopt future EU employment laws after Brexit, the Prime Minister has promised. The pledge, which would give Parliament a greater say over legislating workers’ rights after Brexit, was made by Theresa May as part of a bid to gain MPs’ support ...

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What WHAT 'NO DEAL' WOULD MEAN FOR THE UK

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Mar 13, 2019

After a second bruising defeat for May's Brexit deal, a 'no deal' situation has never looked more likely - what will that mean for the UK and its economy? In this infographic we take a look at a selection of forecasts that paint a picture of the country in a no deal scenario.

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GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS TO THOSE WITH SIGHT LOSS GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS TO THOSE WITH SIGHT LOSS

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Mar 13, 2019

Think about when government communications are disseminated to the community – such as the passing of a new by-law, an upcoming election or an emergency situation. Most of the time, this information is disseminated in a traditional print form or online text. But what about those citizens who a...

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Majority opposed to Trump emergency declaration ahead of key Senate vote: poll MAJORITY OPPOSED TO TRUMP EMERGENCY DECLARATION AHEAD OF KEY SENATE VOTE: POLL

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Mar 13, 2019

A majority of voters oppose President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border in order to secure funding for his proposed border wall, according to a poll released Wednesday. A Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 52 percent of voters are against the emergenc...

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The presidential veto power explained THE PRESIDENTIAL VETO POWER EXPLAINED

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Mar 12, 2019

President Donald Trump has threatened to veto any measure passed by Congress that blocks his national emergency declaration to build a border wall. What exactly is the veto power, what are its limits and is Trump unusual for his lack of vetoes in the past two years? The House passed a resolution of ...

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Brexit policy panel: March 2019 BREXIT POLICY PANEL: MARCH 2019

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Mar 12, 2019

The Brexit Policy Panel is a survey of more than one hundred leading experts on Brexit from across the social sciences and provides a forecast of where Brexit is heading.

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We’re now heading for a no-deal Brexit – but not just yet WE’RE NOW HEADING FOR A NO-DEAL BREXIT – BUT NOT JUST YET

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Mar 12, 2019

A member of the Cabinet uttered just one word to me about this latest humiliating defeat for the Prime Minister about her Brexit deal: “nightmare!”.Let’s put this nightmare into context. In January, the Prime Minister’s painstakingly negotiated Brexit plan was rejected by a r...

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First Lady Melania Trump Attends an Opioid Town Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP ATTENDS AN OPIOID TOWN HALL IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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Mar 12, 2019

First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada Monday afternoon after making two stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Seattle, Washington promoting her Be Best message. Earlier today, Mrs. Trump participated in an opioid town hall at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Opioid addiction is...

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Wrangling Big, Diverse Data in Government WRANGLING BIG, DIVERSE DATA IN GOVERNMENT

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Mar 12, 2019

It’s no secret that working with the US Government is complicated. In fact, a lot of high growth tech companies stay away from working with government because of all the barriers that exist around procurement, compliance, and more. It’s often said that the US government is generally ten ...

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New Probe in NY Into Trump’s Ties With Deutsche Bank, Investors Bank NEW PROBE IN NY INTO TRUMP’S TIES WITH DEUTSCHE BANK, INVESTORS BANK

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Mar 12, 2019

The gravest threat to Donald Trump, ultimately, may not rest with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, but with the Southern District of New York. This is always the danger that comes from a public that lowers their standards for leadership from requiring men (or women) of character,...

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The Battle for the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy Has Begun THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY HAS BEGUN

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Mar 12, 2019

There are signs of growing congressional inconsistency, if not incoherence, regarding the authority of the president in foreign affairs. The legislature seeks to interfere on issues that are the president’s responsibility while still failing to fulfill its own constitutionally mandated respons...

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Rookie lawmakers push legislation to limit General Assembly members’ tenure ROOKIE LAWMAKERS PUSH LEGISLATION TO LIMIT GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS’ TENURE

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Mar 12, 2019

In previous years, campaign finance reform, shrinking the legislature, and redistricting changes have been pushed as a solution to Harrisburg’s dysfunction. This year, House lawmakers from both parties have coalesced around a bill to restrict lawmakers from gaining power through endless tenure...

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The Hanoi Summit – We Asked Devin Stewart What Happens Next in U.S.-North Korea Relations THE HANOI SUMMIT – WE ASKED DEVIN STEWART WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN U.S.-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS

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Mar 12, 2019

Everyone, including Kim Jong-un, was surprised the Hanoi summit produced no deal. How could have we have foreseen the Michael Cohen testimony hinderingTrump’s ability to negotiate? Recent evidence suggests Trump may be pivoting toward a harder, maximalist approach. An incremental one, however,...

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The Hanoi Summit – We Asked Stein Tønnesson What Happens Next in U.S.-North Korea Relations THE HANOI SUMMIT – WE ASKED STEIN TØNNESSON WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN U.S.-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS

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Mar 12, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump could have got a deal in Hanoi, and it is still possible. North Korea would close down Yongbyon, promise no more nuclear or missile tests, and guarantee non-proliferation, while America would lessen sanctions, allow liaison offices in the two capitals, and engage in multi...

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Dollar playing second fiddle to Brexit DOLLAR PLAYING SECOND FIDDLE TO BREXIT

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Mar 12, 2019

Global equities have extended yesterday’s gains, along with U.S futures, as the broad risk-on attitude across markets continues. Treasuries prices are under pressure and the ‘big’ dollar has edged a tad lower, while sterling is climbing ahead of this afternoons crucial Brexit vote....

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Theresa May has failed to guarantee the backstop won’t last forever THERESA MAY HAS FAILED TO GUARANTEE THE BACKSTOP WON’T LAST FOREVER

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Mar 12, 2019

Those Tory Brexiter MPs who WANT to believe the EU has no desire to trap the UK in the customs union via the Northern Ireland backstop will be reassured by the agreement between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker on a new legal instrument saying the EU must negotiate in good faith to avoid the back...

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Schizophrenia on North Korea and Venezuela? SCHIZOPHRENIA ON NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA?

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Mar 12, 2019

They’re both cruel tyrants who have starved and neglected their populations, precipitating humanitarian crises of historic proportions. They both have engaged in consistent patterns of gross violations of internationally-recognized human rights.  They both rely on the loyalty of their mil...

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TORONTO REGION FINTECH ECOSYSTEM TORONTO REGION FINTECH ECOSYSTEM

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Mar 11, 2019

The Toronto region* is one of the world’s leading fintech hubs, with an investment rate among the highest globally. In recent years, it has attracted significant attention from international investors, accelerators, and startups.

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Trump Proposes Massive Cuts to Transit, Amtrak TRUMP PROPOSES MASSIVE CUTS TO TRANSIT, AMTRAK

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Mar 11, 2019

The Trump Administration wants to cut funding for new transit projects by 39 percent and slash funding for Amtrak by 23 percent even as it raises highway spending he preliminary 2020 budget reveals. The White House has targeted a program called “Capital Improvement Grants,” which provide...

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Is the United States Still “Free”? IS THE UNITED STATES STILL “FREE”?

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Mar 10, 2019

Freedom House recently released its latest annual report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world. The picture is mixed as always, with many reasons for pessimism along with some glimmers of hope. The number of countries whose performance worsened in 2018 was greater tha...

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Why are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform? WHY ARE TRUMP AND CONGRESS AVOIDING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM?

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Mar 10, 2019

President Trump signed the spending bill on Feb. 15, which keeps the government open through the end of the fiscal year. Included is about a quarter of the funding he sought for a border wall. That’s not nearly enough to effectively improve border security in any real way. But also absent was ...

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First Lady Melania Trump at the 2019 International Women of Courage Awards FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP AT THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDS

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Mar 08, 2019

First Lady Melania Trump speaks during the 2019 International Women of Courage awards ceremony at the US Senate Department in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2019.

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President Trump PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REMARKS AT LEE COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD

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Mar 08, 2019

Well, I saw this.  It’s hard to believe, actually.  And I guess the fact that we went very early helped; it helped a lot of people.  But we saw things that you wouldn’t believe.  Here it is.  You saw the same thing.  Kathrine has done an incredible job and t...

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HRC: Congress Takes Historic Action ‘For the People’ HRC: CONGRESS TAKES HISTORIC ACTION ‘FOR THE PEOPLE’

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Mar 08, 2019

HRC praised the passage of H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019,” sweeping voting rights legislation that, among other things, would create a new national automatic voter registration that allows participants to opt-out rather than opt-in and make Election Day a holiday for federal wo...

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The Jolt: House GOP members balk at votes on hate crime, ‘heartbeat’ bills THE JOLT: HOUSE GOP MEMBERS BALK AT VOTES ON HATE CRIME, ‘HEARTBEAT’ BILLS

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Mar 08, 2019

Several days ago, we picked up signs of change coming to the state Capitol, and wondered whether they would hold. Some did, some didn’t. But in the late hours of Crossover Day, one theme worrisome for the GOP did emerge. Suburban Republicans, particularly in the House, found themselves ducking...

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House Passes H.R. 1 With $1.5B for Election Security HOUSE PASSES H.R. 1 WITH $1.5B FOR ELECTION SECURITY

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Mar 08, 2019

The House passed the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, on Friday with a party-line vote of 234-193. The measure would give $1.5 billion in new voting technology funding. Led by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the bill includes provisions to enable automatic voter registration, strengthen resources to combat...

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Week in Review: A government of Chris Graylings WEEK IN REVIEW: A GOVERNMENT OF CHRIS GRAYLINGS

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Mar 08, 2019

It's like a merry-go-round of ministerial defects. It's genuinely difficult to finishing reading the details of one government screw-up before they've done the next one. During the Blair era, government figures were forced to resign if a row lasted a set number of days on the front pages...

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Cohen COHEN'S CHARGES MAKE GETTING TRUMP'S TAXES EVEN MORE IMPORTANT

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Mar 08, 2019

Michael Cohen’s recent public congressional testimony was a startling moment in recent history. His allegations that Donald Trump routinely evaded taxes and committed other financial fraud should result in an immediate request to the Treasury to turn over President Trump’s business and p...

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