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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Does North Macedonia’s Name Change Have to Do with NATO? WHAT DOES NORTH MACEDONIA’S NAME CHANGE HAVE TO DO WITH NATO?

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Mar 08, 2019

The former Republic of Macedonia recently changed its official name to the Northern Republic of Macedonia (or, herein, North Macedonia). This change gives North Macedonia a chance to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a move that NATO member Greece had blocked until now over objecti...

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Theresa May’s Brexit blame game is bound to backfire in Brussels THERESA MAY’S BREXIT BLAME GAME IS BOUND TO BACKFIRE IN BRUSSELS

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Mar 08, 2019

The Foreign Secretary on Today has reinforced the Prime Minister’s Grimsby warning that if she loses the meaningful vote on Tuesday it will be the EU’s fault. Hunt warns EU leaders to take care the impasse “doesn’t inject poison into our relations for many years to come&rdquo...

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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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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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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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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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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 Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border THE GOVERNMENT IS DETAINING AND INTERROGATING JOURNALISTS AND ADVOCATES AT THE US-MEXICO BORDER

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Mar 07, 2019

We are working to improve confidence in work-based pensions by protecting members' benefits and encouraging high standards and good practice in running pension schemes. On Wednesday, the NBC affiliate in San Diego revealed leaked documents showing that authorities including U.S. Customs and Bord...

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New polling tracks 2020 voters on government and the economy NEW POLLING TRACKS 2020 VOTERS ON GOVERNMENT AND THE ECONOMY

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Mar 07, 2019

Ajust-released survey from RealClear Opinion Research finds Democrats and Republicans poles apart on key issues. It suggests that left-leaning candidates enjoy an advantage as the Democratic presidential nomination contest begins but that they will have a hard time translating this advantage into a ...

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Americans AMERICANS' LEAST FAVORITE COMPANY ISN'T EVEN A COMPANY. CAN YOU GUESS WHAT IT IS?

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Mar 07, 2019

The fact that the U.S. government even made it onto the list is surprising in itself, considering the fact that it's not actually a company. A sample of 6,188 Americans were asked to name the company they believed to have the best reputation and the one with the worst. Then, Axios and Harris too...

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Kirstjen Nielsen and John Kelly Keep Lying About KIRSTJEN NIELSEN AND JOHN KELLY KEEP LYING ABOUT 'ZERO TOLERANCE' AND CHILD SNATCHING, WHILE DONALD TRUMP TELLS THE TRUTH

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Mar 07, 2019

Last June the Trump administration abandoned its "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossing, which forcibly separated thousands of children from their parents, in response to widespread, bipartisan outrage at the practice. I am still writing about it, because current and former adm...

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US Ambassador to EU Promises Transatlantic Unity in Disinformation Fight US AMBASSADOR TO EU PROMISES TRANSATLANTIC UNITY IN DISINFORMATION FIGHT

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Mar 07, 2019

“Russia is trying to use a strength of our democracies – our openness, our flow of information – to destabilize us,” US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland warned on March 7. But while “the Kremlin is using the same tactics in an attempt to weaken the credi...

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China’s Foreign Investment Law Fails to Address U.S. Concerns CHINA’S FOREIGN INVESTMENT LAW FAILS TO ADDRESS U.S. CONCERNS

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Mar 07, 2019

Amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade talks, China has fast-tracked a piece of legislation that serves as its most immediate answer to U.S. concerns regarding Chinese state-directed economic policies and barriers to market access. The draft Foreign Investment Law intends to reform China’s foreign ...

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Higher Taxes, Wasteful Spending Not Solutions to Infrastructure Problems HIGHER TAXES, WASTEFUL SPENDING NOT SOLUTIONS TO INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEMS

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Mar 07, 2019

Yesterday, I testified before the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives at a hearing titled, “Our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure and the Need for Immediate Action.” I was the only witness to oppose a more than doubling of federal fuel tax rates and descri...

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How Congressional Appropriations Can Be Leveraged as First Step Towards the Green New Deal HOW CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS CAN BE LEVERAGED AS FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE GREEN NEW DEAL

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Mar 07, 2019

Amid controversy whether the Green New Deal manifesto is too broad, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) spoke out in an interview published yesterday to elaborate on direct Congressional actions that might come about in alignment with the resolution’s chief environmental focus. Distinguishing the res...

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Midwest Will Raise Gas Taxes — And Make Everything Worse MIDWEST WILL RAISE GAS TAXES — AND MAKE EVERYTHING WORSE

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Mar 07, 2019

Higher gas taxes are (likely) coming across the Midwest, framed by Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans alike as an offensive against potholes — but in reality a boondoggle that will soak taxpayers and create more of the car dependence that has devastated Midwestern cities li...

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Anti-Semitism, British politics, and the indecency of Jeremy Corbyn ANTI-SEMITISM, BRITISH POLITICS, AND THE INDECENCY OF JEREMY CORBYN

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Mar 07, 2019

Everything you need to know about the British Labour Party is contained in the fact that Luciana Berger is no longer a member and Alex Scott-Samuel is. Two weeks ago Berger, a member of parliament, shocked the nation when she announced her departure from the country’s official opposition. The ...

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Leak prosecutions under Trump chill national security beat LEAK PROSECUTIONS UNDER TRUMP CHILL NATIONAL SECURITY BEAT

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Mar 06, 2019

When President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, was asked at his confirmation hearing in January whether he would ever consider jailing a journalist, Barr paused for about eight seconds, then said he could "conceive of a situation" where a journalist is jailed...

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US-India Trade Relationship Heads into Choppy Waters US-INDIA TRADE RELATIONSHIP HEADS INTO CHOPPY WATERS

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Mar 06, 2019

In a letter to the US Congress on March 4, US President Donald J. Trump wrote that he intends to end preferential trade treatment for India. Trump wrote that he had taken the decision because “after intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of India, I have determined t...

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No-deal preparation must go on NO-DEAL PREPARATION MUST GO ON

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Mar 06, 2019

Yesterday’s speech from Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, was well rounded, focusing on both sides of the coin. A series of weekly Euro auctions and a direct Euro swap line have been created to help ensure UK banks don’t face any future liquidity problems. The current no-deal prepar...

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Consulting, Outsourcing Firms Suing Over H-1B Visa Program CONSULTING, OUTSOURCING FIRMS SUING OVER H-1B VISA PROGRAM

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Mar 06, 2019

Outsourcing and consulting companies have filed more than 40 lawsuits against the federal government, according to a new report by Bloomberg Law. Those lawsuits, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claim that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is too aggress...

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What could a no deal Brexit look like for the NHS? WHAT COULD A NO DEAL BREXIT LOOK LIKE FOR THE NHS?

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Mar 06, 2019

Subject to the second meaningful vote in the UK Parliament, the UK is set to leave the EU on Friday 29 March 2019. Continued uncertainty means that the NHS and wider health sector is now planning for three scenarios – leaving with a deal; leaving without a deal, or one which sees the extension...

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Finland: Europe in the shadow of national elections FINLAND: EUROPE IN THE SHADOW OF NATIONAL ELECTIONS

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Mar 06, 2019

This spring is a busy and important period for Finnish political parties. Elections to the Eduskunta, the unicameral national legislature, are scheduled for 14 April, with the European Parliament elections following in late May. Unfortunately, this also means that the European elections will definit...

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Obama warns climate change will make global politics more toxic OBAMA WARNS CLIMATE CHANGE WILL MAKE GLOBAL POLITICS MORE TOXIC

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Mar 05, 2019

Former President Obama on Tuesday dismissed climate change skeptics and warned that the world’s inability to effectively tackle the issue will toxify global politics. “It is indisputable that although we can't ascribe any particular kind of weather event to rising temperatures, that ...

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Trump TRUMP'S TARIFFS COST THE U.S. ECONOMY $1.4 BILLION EVERY MONTH

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Mar 05, 2019

Tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump during 2018 cost the U.S. economy $6.9 billion last year above and beyond the $12.3 billion paid by American consumers and importers to the federal government. That's the conclusion of a new economic analysis of the Trump trade war published this week by...

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Three Reasons Kigali Amendment Favors China over America THREE REASONS KIGALI AMENDMENT FAVORS CHINA OVER AMERICA

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Mar 05, 2019

Beginning in the 1970s, many policymakers became concerned that the refrigerants used in most air conditioners and refrigerators were leaking into the air and depleting the Earth’s ozone layer. This led to the negotiation and signing of the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 United Nations treaty phasi...

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Trump and Congressional Democrats both Engage in Petty Partisanship about the Hanoi Summit TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS BOTH ENGAGE IN PETTY PARTISANSHIP ABOUT THE HANOI SUMMIT

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Mar 05, 2019

The recent U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi has become the latest domestic partisan battlefield. President Trump now implies that congressional Democrats were at least partly responsible for the failure of negotiations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. His allegations are exaggerated, but they...

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The Green New Deal and THE GREEN NEW DEAL AND 'SOCIALIST' DEMOCRATS ARE NORMALIZING TRUMP

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Mar 05, 2019

Remember back when Donald Trump was just getting elected and people worried about "normalizing" him and the "extinction-level threat" he posed not just to the United States but the whole of Western civilization? The rude and often disgusting ways he vilified people (especially wo...

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Ellen Lord, DoD Acquisition Chief, Added to 2019 Wash100 for Vision in Defense Procurement, F-35 Program and Space Force ELLEN LORD, DOD ACQUISITION CHIEF, ADDED TO 2019 WASH100 FOR VISION IN DEFENSE PROCUREMENT, F-35 PROGRAM AND SPACE FORCE

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Mar 05, 2019

Executive Mosaic is pleased to announce that Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, was selected to the 2019 edition of the Wash100 Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting aren...

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Senate President Bill Galvano SENATE PRESIDENT BILL GALVANO'S COMMENTS ON OPENING DAY OF THE 2019 LEGISLATURE

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Mar 05, 2019

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, offered the following comments Tuesday as part of his address to the Senate marking the opening day of the 2019 Legislative Session. “In many ways, when we convene in this hallowed chamber, we are building the future. While this session may o...

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Still no details for Congress on what gets cut for border wall STILL NO DETAILS FOR CONGRESS ON WHAT GETS CUT FOR BORDER WALL

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Mar 05, 2019

With the Senate now expected next week to vote to block President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to funnel money to construction of a border wall, lawmakers in both parties continue to be in the dark on whether money for military construction projects in their home states will be ...

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The Jolt: Gwinnett’s top law enforcement figures endorse MARTA vote THE JOLT: GWINNETT’S TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT FIGURES ENDORSE MARTA VOTE

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Mar 05, 2019

Late last week, the former governor came out in support of the referendum to bring MARTA and bus rapid transit to Gwinnett County. Without access to a state helicopter, Deal is now doomed to sit in traffic with the rest of us. This was a significant development. For weeks, Charlotte Nash, chairman o...

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Trump and Xi are close to a deal, but the trade war isn’t over TRUMP AND XI ARE CLOSE TO A DEAL, BUT THE TRADE WAR ISN’T OVER

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Mar 05, 2019

The world’s two largest economies are nearing the finish line on a trade deal that could be signed by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as early as this month. But that doesn’t mean the trade war ends. More work remains on a deal that will ensure that Beijing ...

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Key takeaways from the second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE SECOND SUMMIT BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND KIM JONG UN

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Mar 05, 2019

After the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, three Brookings experts on Asia offer their insights into what happened and where we go next. SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies: After all the ho...

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Union Campaign Seeks More Money for Special Education, Disadvantaged Students UNION CAMPAIGN SEEKS MORE MONEY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION, DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

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Mar 04, 2019

A national teachers' union, a Democratic U.S. senator, and others are launching a new push for Washington to spend more on students with disabilities, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, school construction, and other federal and state education programs.

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What Is the True Cost of Polarization in America? WHAT IS THE TRUE COST OF POLARIZATION IN AMERICA?

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Mar 04, 2019

The longest government shutdown in history ended in late January. Once rare, government shutdowns have become more frequent, as the major parties fail to compromise enough to even keep the federal government funded and open. The shutdowns are one consequence of rising social and political polarizati...

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Trump chafes at oversight by Democrats in Congress TRUMP CHAFES AT OVERSIGHT BY DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS

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Mar 04, 2019

In the wake of last week's Congressional hearing with his former personal lawyer, President Donald Trump this weekend complained repeatedly about investigations of him being led by Democrats in the Congress, as after two years of little public confrontation from Republicans, the change in contro...

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To prevent extremism, don’t forget the existing multilateral architecture TO PREVENT EXTREMISM, DON’T FORGET THE EXISTING MULTILATERAL ARCHITECTURE

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Mar 04, 2019

Experts on violent extremism have long emphasized the need to focus on preventing terrorist activity addressing its root causes rather than only reacting to it. Indeed, a new report from a Congressionally-mandated bipartisan task force at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) calls for a new s...

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Dollar stands strong DOLLAR STANDS STRONG

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Mar 04, 2019

Theresa May’s triple vote plan was the biggest news for Brexit since the defeat of the government’s Withdrawal Agreement plan in January. While the votes themselves are not due until the 12th, 13th and 14th, the next week will see political positioning on both sides of the argument and, ...

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Are Brexiteer MPs really softening their opposition to May’s deal? ARE BREXITEER MPS REALLY SOFTENING THEIR OPPOSITION TO MAY’S DEAL?

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Mar 03, 2019

Are Brexiteer MPs about to row in behind May’s deal? This is the question that has dominated the weekend’s papers with speculation rising that the threat of a delay to Brexit or no Brexit means the European Research Group (ERG) are ready to soften their red lines. Sir Graham Brady chair ...

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We need a bipartisan rejection of the national emergency WE NEED A BIPARTISAN REJECTION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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Mar 03, 2019

Lately in Washington it feels as though even the basic distinction between right and wrong is negotiable. But for the same reason Republicans were outraged when President Obama overstepped his constitutional powers, President Trump’s border wall-themed declaration of a national emergency viola...

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Rand Paul Will Vote to Block Trump RAND PAUL WILL VOTE TO BLOCK TRUMP'S EMERGENCY DECLARATION

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Mar 03, 2019

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Saturday that he will vote to block President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border—potentially providing the tipping-point vote that would allow Congress to block Trump's attempt to use the declaration to obtain funding f...

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Brexit: US drug firms would be able to charge NHS more under Trump trade plan, campaigners claim – Politics live BREXIT: US DRUG FIRMS WOULD BE ABLE TO CHARGE NHS MORE UNDER TRUMP TRADE PLAN, CAMPAIGNERS CLAIM – POLITICS LIVE

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Mar 01, 2019

May should have been more robust with EU in Brexit talks, says her former aide Nick Timothy As well as speaking to the BBC (see 1.37pm), Nick Timothy, Theresa May’s most influential policy adviser until he resigned after the 2017 general election, has also given an interview to Channel 4 News....

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The Jolt: Super Bowl over, the culture wars return to Georgia THE JOLT: SUPER BOWL OVER, THE CULTURE WARS RETURN TO GEORGIA

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Mar 01, 2019

The Super Bowl freeze is definitely over. After weeks of quiet on the culture wars front, two major pieces of social conservative legislation hit within hours of each other. One would give Gov. Brian Kemp some cover with religious conservatives who helped him win the GOP nomination last year. The ot...

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Even Something as Great as School Choice Should Not Be Federalized EVEN SOMETHING AS GREAT AS SCHOOL CHOICE SHOULD NOT BE FEDERALIZED

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Feb 28, 2019

Today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), in conjunction with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will unveil a bill to create a $5 billion scholarship tax credit, an unprecedented federal school choice effort. An op-ed all three have in USA Today spells out both the good of fe...

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The U.S. Navy THE U.S. NAVY'S WORST NIGHTMARE: AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHORTAGE?

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Feb 28, 2019

The U.S. Navy reportedly is considering cutting an aircraft carrier, dropping the number of flattops to 10 in the short term and potentially just eight in the longer term, despite a legal requirement for the service to operate at least 11 carriers. The Navy's own force-structure assessment calls...

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Hanoi Summit: Trump Hit a Bump On a Long Road HANOI SUMMIT: TRUMP HIT A BUMP ON A LONG ROAD

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Feb 28, 2019

To the surprise of almost everyone, the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un ended without an agreement. But the president noted that he made a friendly exit, not “an angry walk-out.” This was something often lost amid the hype surrounding the purported Tr...

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Why is federal infrastructure policy so difficult? WHY IS FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY SO DIFFICULT?

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Feb 28, 2019

In an era of partisan strife, Americans of all political parties overwhelmingly agree on one issue: we need better infrastructure. Crumbling bridges, unsafe water, and communities without broadband threaten our nation’s health, safety, and economic future. Yet the federal government’s ro...

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Remember the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster? The Trump Administration Wants You to Forget REMEMBER THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL DISASTER? THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS YOU TO FORGET

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Feb 28, 2019

In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig suffered an uncontrollable well blowout and a series of explosions that killed 11 people. Two days later the rig sank 5,000 feet to the ocean floor and the well continued to gush oil for more than three months, causing the largest oil spill ...

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How does a divided government impact the congressional budget process? HOW DOES A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT IMPACT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET PROCESS?

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Feb 28, 2019

The first weeks of the 116th Congress have seen a flurry of budget-related activity, including the re-opening of parts of the federal government after a record 35-day partial shutdown and the passage of a large, omnibus spending bill funding those agencies through the end of September. While Congres...

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Why would a woman want to be a U.S. Marine? WHY WOULD A WOMAN WANT TO BE A U.S. MARINE?

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Feb 28, 2019

I graduated from Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in August of 1995. Proudly wearing a Marine Corps shirt and lunching with my mom, I was somewhat surprised when the waitress at the restaurant asked, gushing, if my boyfriend was a Marine. Before I could answer, my mother quickly jumped in...

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Trump Administration Proposes to Check Itself in Remarkable Kisor Brief TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES TO CHECK ITSELF IN REMARKABLE KISOR BRIEF

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Feb 27, 2019

On Monday, the Solicitor General filed an extraordinary brief in Kisor v. Wilkie, a case in which the Supreme Court is reconsidering “Auer deference,” or binding judicial respect for an agency’s interpretation of its own regulation. The brief is remarkable, perhaps even unprecedent...

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Why Trump’s Middle East peace plan needs Congress WHY TRUMP’S MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN NEEDS CONGRESS

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Feb 27, 2019

In recent days, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, has revealed certain key aspects of the long-touted White House Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that he and other senior administration officials say they will launch sometime after the April 9 elections in Israel. ...

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House Panel Focuses on Securing Voting Systems Ahead of 2020 HOUSE PANEL FOCUSES ON SECURING VOTING SYSTEMS AHEAD OF 2020

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Feb 27, 2019

While much of the country was focused today on the testimony of Michael Cohen–President Trump’s former lawyer–before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, elsewhere on the Hill the House Committee on Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee was h...

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The Hanoi summit shines a light on the “Vietnam model” of development THE HANOI SUMMIT SHINES A LIGHT ON THE “VIETNAM MODEL” OF DEVELOPMENT

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Feb 27, 2019

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are meeting in Hanoi to try to make progress on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The choice of venue naturally draws attention to the “Vietnam model,” which some North Korean officials have expressed an interest in following. Countries are different,...

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Food Producers Prepare for Brexit FOOD PRODUCERS PREPARE FOR BREXIT

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Feb 27, 2019

On June 23, 2016, 51.9% of voters in Britain chose to the leave the EU in what is now known as "Brexit." Supporters argue that the withdrawal from the EU would provide the UK with the freedom to make its political and economic decisions, while opponents say the move would severely weaken t...

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Trump-Kim II: Even A Modest Success Would be a Success TRUMP-KIM II: EVEN A MODEST SUCCESS WOULD BE A SUCCESS

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Feb 27, 2019

No one knows what President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un will agree to at their second summit. However, speculation suggests a modest agenda which advances both engagement and denuclearization. Even small steps should be counted a success if they lead to progress by both sides in the ...

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What Happens if China Sinks Two U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers? WHAT HAPPENS IF CHINA SINKS TWO U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS?

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Feb 27, 2019

LeMay, the U.S. Air Force general who torched Japanese cities and later headed Strategic Air Command, was notorious for his bellicosity. In the 1950s and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he tried to get the U.S. to launch a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union: during the Vietnam War, he ur...

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Has the Prime Minister snubbed the Liaison Committee? HAS THE PRIME MINISTER SNUBBED THE LIAISON COMMITTEE?

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Feb 27, 2019

In November last year, Theresa May was hauled in front of the Liaison Committee (a super committee made up of the chairs of other select committees) to be grilled about her Brexit strategy. It’s fair to say that it didn’t go particularly well for the Prime Minister, who faced barbed ques...

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A Road Map for Congress to Address Domestic Terrorism A ROAD MAP FOR CONGRESS TO ADDRESS DOMESTIC TERRORISM

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Feb 27, 2019

On Feb. 15, federal law enforcement arrested U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson, whom the government alleged had stockpiled an arsenal of weapons and equipment while writing about his intent “to kill almost every last person on the earth” in order to create a “whit...

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Government GOVERNMENT'S GRAND CHALLENGES

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Feb 27, 2019

In 1970, just a year after Government Executive began covering the business of government, Alvin Toffler published Future Shock, a huge international bestseller about the disruptive effects of rapidly evolving technologies on individuals and society. It was a year of tremendous upheaval: The Vietnam...

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A pragmatic approach to violence and state fragility A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO VIOLENCE AND STATE FRAGILITY

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Feb 26, 2019

The stars or at least the policies and politics are aligning for a concerted and coherent U.S. approach to fragility, an underlying cause of state instability, poverty, and violence. Two seminal and companion new policy proposals are in the offing. Today, February 26th, sees the release of the final...

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The White House’s Climate Committee Red-Teams Reality THE WHITE HOUSE’S CLIMATE COMMITTEE RED-TEAMS REALITY

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Feb 26, 2019

On Feb. 22, deputies from a variety of government agencies convened a meeting to discuss the White House proposal to establish a Presidential Committee on Climate Security. The committee was to have been led by William Happer, the National Security Council’s senior director for emerging techno...

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Another Oil Train Crashes as Alberta Government Gets Into Oil-by-Rail Business ANOTHER OIL TRAIN CRASHES AS ALBERTA GOVERNMENT GETS INTO OIL-BY-RAIL BUSINESS

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Feb 26, 2019

The government of Alberta, Canada, the heart of tar sands country, recently announced plans to get into the oil-by-rail business. Attempting to work around a lack of pipelines, the provincial government intends to spend $3.7 billion to lease 4,400 oil tank cars and locomotives to export more Canadia...

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Netanyahu Courts Trouble to Retain Political Power NETANYAHU COURTS TROUBLE TO RETAIN POLITICAL POWER

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Feb 26, 2019

The direct, and still extreme, descendant of a U.S.-listed foreign terrorist organization is in position to become part of the next ruling coalition of Israel, and it has been put in that position at the urging of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The organization is Otzma Yehudit, a party whose na...

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May offers MPs a vote to prevent no-deal Brexit MAY OFFERS MPS A VOTE TO PREVENT NO-DEAL BREXIT

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Feb 26, 2019

Faced with the prospect of defeat on an amendment to stop no deal, Theresa May has attempted to stave off that rebellion by promising MPs a vote to stop a no-deal Brexit. After a long and fiery Cabinet , the Prime Minister addressed the House to update MPs on her government’s progress in the n...

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The government of Delaware has recently adopted enhanced business screening procedure THE GOVERNMENT OF DELAWARE HAS RECENTLY ADOPTED ENHANCED BUSINESS SCREENING PROCEDURE

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Feb 26, 2019

Secretary of State has recently announced new rules that take effect on January 1 and will require that new companies incorporated in Delaware should undergo a screening process and examined in relation to the list of persons that were banned from doing business in the USA.

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Does Trump Truly Want To End Endless Wars? DOES TRUMP TRULY WANT TO END ENDLESS WARS?

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Feb 26, 2019

In his State of the Union address, President Trump proclaimed that “great nations do not fight endless wars.” This statement of intent shouldn’t have surprised anyone. After all, the declaration came from a president who has long held disdain for the war in Afghanistan and viciousl...

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Governance in Healthcare: Ownership and Consistency GOVERNANCE IN HEALTHCARE: OWNERSHIP AND CONSISTENCY

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Feb 26, 2019

The rise of big data, self-service, and more powerful and flexible end-user information visualization and preparation tools, consumer/ member/patient experience is impacting governance in a significant manner with regard to structure, decision rights, and accountabilities. End-users are gaining more...

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No One Trusts the US Government, Not Even the American People NO ONE TRUSTS THE US GOVERNMENT, NOT EVEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

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Feb 25, 2019

Atlantic Bridge, a German front organization set up by Washington to propagandize Germans to serve Washington, has failed in the job. The latest survey conducted by the front group shows that 85% of Germans are alienated from the US. The front group’s chairman acknowledged “the great los...

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Avoiding the tragedy of Brexit AVOIDING THE TRAGEDY OF BREXIT

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Feb 25, 2019

British Brexiteers and their U.S. cheerleaders promised a return to Britain’s glory days once they shed the bureaucratic constraints of the European Union. Steve Bannon celebrated Brexit as a victory for far-right nationalism and called for other countries to follow. The reality of Brexit, of ...

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Push to end U.S. support for Saudi war hits Senate setback PUSH TO END U.S. SUPPORT FOR SAUDI WAR HITS SENATE SETBACK

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Feb 25, 2019

A House-passed resolution that would withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen is running into a procedural roadblock in the Senate. The roadblock may delay the legislation, which is seen as a bipartisan rebuke of President Trump. The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that th...

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The EU27 are far less prepared for no-deal Brexit than you’d think THE EU27 ARE FAR LESS PREPARED FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT THAN YOU’D THINK

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Feb 25, 2019

As 29 March gets nearer and Theresa May tries to get a Brexit deal through parliament, preparations for no deal continue in both London and mainland Europe. It’s been well-documented that the UK government’s preparations haven’t been optimal, and many British companies aren’t...

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Meet Russia MEET RUSSIA'S NEW LADA-CLASS SUBMARINE: THE NEXT 'STEALTH' THREAT TO THE U.S. NAVY?

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Feb 25, 2019

The second Lada-class submarine has been laid down and is set to undergo a series of trials over 2019, according to Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Korolyov .“Serial production of the non-nuclear Lada-class submarines continues. This year, testing will commence on the second no...

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The Federal Government’s Great American Cheese Stockpile THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S GREAT AMERICAN CHEESE STOCKPILE

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Feb 25, 2019

In the 1930s, the U.S. federal government established dairy subsidies to bail out America’s dairy farmers from the Great Depression. Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, those same subsidies are still in effect today, where they have underwritten a massive surplus of milk in the U.S....

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The UK’s Hezbollah ban is a victory for common sense THE UK’S HEZBOLLAH BAN IS A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE

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Feb 25, 2019

Britain is going to proscribe the terrorist group Hezbollah in its entirety. This is a victory, not least for common sense. For just over a decade the UK government has stuck to a very strange lie on this matter. In 2008 they banned the military wing of Hezbollah. This idea only ever believed in by ...

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Brexit endgame: One month out with no clarity in sight BREXIT ENDGAME: ONE MONTH OUT WITH NO CLARITY IN SIGHT

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Feb 25, 2019

With barely a month remaining before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU), London is no closer to having a ratified deal, an agreement to extend negotiations, or preparations in place to manage a hard exit. British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to hold the next ...

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43 Years in the Making: The U.S. Coast Guard Finally Gets New Icebreakers 43 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE U.S. COAST GUARD FINALLY GETS NEW ICEBREAKERS

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Feb 25, 2019

Forty-three years after commissioning its only current heavy icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard finally is getting two new icebreakers. The January 2019 spending bill that Congress negotiated to end the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government includes $655 million for the first icebreaker an...

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New NAFTA faces ratification deadlock NEW NAFTA FACES RATIFICATION DEADLOCK

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Feb 25, 2019

It appears Canada will not be ratifying the new NAFTA unless the U.S. gets rid of steel and aluminum tariffs. According to news reports, Transport Minister Marc Garneau told a National Governors Association audience in Washington on February 24 that, unless the steel tariffs come off, it will be ver...

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What Became of the Obama-Era Program to Counter Terrorist Infiltration at the Southern Border? WHAT BECAME OF THE OBAMA-ERA PROGRAM TO COUNTER TERRORIST INFILTRATION AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER?

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Feb 25, 2019

Last August, the Center for Immigration Studies exclusively published a three-page memorandum by former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, addressed to 10 of his top agency chiefs. It ordered a secret full-scale enforcement program to suppress "special interest alien" migration from the Middle Eas...

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The Supreme Court Rightly Cited the Black Codes in Ruling Against Excessive Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures THE SUPREME COURT RIGHTLY CITED THE BLACK CODES IN RULING AGAINST EXCESSIVE FINES, FEES, AND FORFEITURES

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Feb 25, 2019

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, holding for the first time that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local governments not just federal authorities. The fact that this landmark decision is unanimous is itself r...

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President Trump Attends the Governors PRESIDENT TRUMP ATTENDS THE GOVERNORS' BALL

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Feb 24, 2019

I also want to say that it’s an honor to have so many of our tremendously talented governors with us.  This is a yearly tradition, and our crowd gets a little bit larger every year.

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Now is the Time to Fight for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace, Global Democratic Leaders Say NOW IS THE TIME TO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, PROSPERITY, AND PEACE, GLOBAL DEMOCRATIC LEADERS SAY

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Feb 24, 2019

Global democracy has seen better days. Disruptive new technologies, demographic change, stagnant wages, and uneven economic growth are leading many citizens to question the effectiveness of democratic institutions and the usefulness of global cooperation. At the same time, authoritarian regimes arou...

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Trump’s Biggest China Test TRUMP’S BIGGEST CHINA TEST

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Feb 24, 2019

The escalating U.S. global offensive against China's Huawei  the world's largest telecom equipment provider and second largest mobile phone manufacturer provides an unsettling glimpse into the messy, high-stakes multibillion-dollar future of U.S.-Chinese great power competition. It also...

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Trump TRUMP'S DECLARED AN 'EMERGENCY' ON IMMIGRATION. COULD A FUTURE PRESIDENT DECLARE ONE ON EDUCATION?

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Feb 24, 2019

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency along the southern border of the issue of illegal immigration and wants to divert more than $8 billion in federal funding to build a wall, even though Congress isn't on board with the plan. The issue is likely to be tied up in courts for m...

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U.S. States Sue White House over Emergency Declaration at the Border U.S. STATES SUE WHITE HOUSE OVER EMERGENCY DECLARATION AT THE BORDER

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Feb 24, 2019

Early Monday of this week, the 18th of February, 16 U.S. States filed lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s plan to use a declaration of emergency to secure funding for his border wall. The States hope to block the President's ability to appropriate money from other sections of the Uni...

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Editorial: While Trump declares emergency at border, nation’s real crises endure EDITORIAL: WHILE TRUMP DECLARES EMERGENCY AT BORDER, NATION’S REAL CRISES ENDURE

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Feb 22, 2019

One week ago, the long-dreaded threat of President Donald Trump to uphold his campaign promise came to fruition: he declared a national emergency to get funding for a southern border wall, something he said he “didn’t need to do.” Along with the egregious misuse of funds and milita...

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Have Florida teens learn civics in action, state lawmakers say HAVE FLORIDA TEENS LEARN CIVICS IN ACTION, STATE LAWMAKERS SAY

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Feb 22, 2019

Since before his election, Gov. Ron DeSantis has spoken of his desire to improve Floridians’ understanding of their civic rights and responsibilities. A bipartisan group of lawmakers aims to make his goal a reality. But they don’t seek to do so simply by mandating another course required...

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Let’s Make a Deal, Vladimir LET’S MAKE A DEAL, VLADIMIR

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Feb 22, 2019

The ongoing political standoff in Venezuela offers an opportunity for Washington to get something it wants: a democratically elected president in Venezuela and one less vocal Russian ally in its backyard. The Trump Administration recently announced that it plans to leave Syria without any conditions...

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Why Investors Should Not Overreact WHY INVESTORS SHOULD NOT OVERREACT

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Feb 22, 2019

A FLOOD OF NEGATIVE developments contributed to the December 2018 market correction, including the resignation of James Mattis as secretary of defense, rumors that President Donald Trump would fire Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and the shutdown of the U.S. government.

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Who should fund US research and development? WHO SHOULD FUND US RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT?

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Feb 22, 2019

The president’s science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Kelvin Droegemeier, gave his first major speech last week. The speech before the American Association for the Advancement of Science was noteworthy for its strong historical references to t...

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Mississippi, which punished civil rights boycotts, moves against BDS MISSISSIPPI, WHICH PUNISHED CIVIL RIGHTS BOYCOTTS, MOVES AGAINST BDS

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Feb 22, 2019

A bill seeking to punish supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights passed the Mississippi state House of Representatives earlier this month. The measure would compel the state to create a blacklist of companies accused of boycotting Israel, and would b...

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US bishops side with globalists in condemning Trump’s border wall US BISHOPS SIDE WITH GLOBALISTS IN CONDEMNING TRUMP’S BORDER WALL

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Feb 21, 2019

Last Friday, the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, and the chairman of the committee on migration, Bishop Joe Vásquez, unsurprisingly rebuked President Donald Trump for declaring a national emergency in order to build a wall on America’s southern ...

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Facebook gives nod to secret pro-Israel campaign FACEBOOK GIVES NOD TO SECRET PRO-ISRAEL CAMPAIGN

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Feb 21, 2019

Facebook has banned several pages belonging to such viral media outlets as In the Now because they are affiliates of the Russian-funded network RT – even though these media outlets violated none of the social network’s rules. Yet The Electronic Intifada can exclusively reveal that Facebo...

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States May Forfeit $1 Billion in Biking and Walking Funding STATES MAY FORFEIT $1 BILLION IN BIKING AND WALKING FUNDING

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Feb 21, 2019

States across the country are at risk of forfeiting up to $1 billion in funding for sidewalk construction, bike trails or other important safety projects if they don’t use all the federal cash by September, according to the League of American Bicyclists. States face a looming deadline for &ldq...

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For the Dutch, Brexit is a mistake – and a big opportunity FOR THE DUTCH, BREXIT IS A MISTAKE – AND A BIG OPPORTUNITY

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Feb 21, 2019

An advert in the Netherlands features a hairy beast warning about the looming departure of Britain from the EU. Move over Project Fear, this is Project Fur: a campaign aimed at urging businesses to brace themselves for a no-deal Brexit. So what do the Dutch make of the big blue Brexit monster? While...

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The real Brexit cliff edge is not on March 29th - it THE REAL BREXIT CLIFF EDGE IS NOT ON MARCH 29TH - IT'S JULY 1ST

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Feb 21, 2019

If we really want to rule out no-deal, Britain needs to take part in the European elections. No-one wants to hear this, but it's true. Labour and the Tories both hate it. The Europeans despise it as much as the British government does. But it has to happen. If it doesn't, no-deal becomes muc...

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Once more around the block ONCE MORE AROUND THE BLOCK

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Feb 21, 2019

Sterling was a lot quieter yesterday than on Tuesday and has been able to hold up above the 1.30 level against the USD. The news that three Conservative MPs had resigned the whip to join The Independent Group knocked sterling lower initially before recovering. Losses of Labour MPs do not change the ...

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The Trump Administration THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ANTI-IRAN THEATRICS FAILED IN WARSAW

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Feb 21, 2019

The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the bashing. But the conference instead became what most European governments whose ...

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Trump administration breaks off negotiations with California on emissions standards TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BREAKS OFF NEGOTIATIONS WITH CALIFORNIA ON EMISSIONS STANDARDS

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Feb 21, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has formally ended talks with California over federal plans to roll back fuel economy rules, the White House said on Thursday, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy legal fight over the state's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions....

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The wrong decision on Hoda Muthana THE WRONG DECISION ON HODA MUTHANA

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Feb 21, 2019

The Trump administration’s decision not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the United States after she went to Syria to join the Islamic State is short-sighted. It is an abrogation of U.S. leadership and discourages other countries from taking the hard steps needed to handle the threat from thous...

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The Curious Case of Hoda Muthana: A Former ISIS Member and US Citizen THE CURIOUS CASE OF HODA MUTHANA: A FORMER ISIS MEMBER AND US CITIZEN

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Feb 21, 2019

Former ISIS members continue to emerge wanting to repatriate to their country of origin, in most cases Europe or the United States. Yet, for many countries, this poses a complex problem given the individual’s admitted involvement in a terrorist group. Many seeking repatriation are women with c...

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Trump Wants California’s High-Speed Rail Money TRUMP WANTS CALIFORNIA’S HIGH-SPEED RAIL MONEY

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Feb 20, 2019

The Trump Administration is trying to cut off funds for California High-Speed Rail. Yesterday, in a letter to the California HSR Authority and Governor Gavin Newsom, the Federal Railroad Administration asserted that CAHSRA “failed to make reasonable progress,” so the feds are planning to...

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U.S. Government approves release of Boeing EA-18G Growler of Finland U.S. GOVERNMENT APPROVES RELEASE OF BOEING EA-18G GROWLER OF FINLAND

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Feb 20, 2019

Boeing and the U.S. Navy have received U.S. Department of Defense approval to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only Australia had been authorized to purchase the airborne electronic attack aircraft. Boeing and the Navy have offered the Growler and F/A-18 Super Hornet in a response to ...

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Unanimous Supreme Court rules states are subject to seizure limits UNANIMOUS SUPREME COURT RULES STATES ARE SUBJECT TO SEIZURE LIMITS

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Feb 20, 2019

In a historic first from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justices ruled unanimously on Wednesday that the Eighth Amendment ban on excessive fines does apply to state and local governments, ruling in favor of an Indiana man who had his expensive car seized by police after he was arrested for a small amou...

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Trump’s ‘Emergency’ Declaration Is Illegal TRUMP’S ‘EMERGENCY’ DECLARATION IS ILLEGAL

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Feb 20, 2019

President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" on Friday to pay for his border wall. In doing so, he's violating the law, subverting the Constitution and hurting American communities. That's why we're taking him to court. We all know what an emergency really is. It'...

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4 lessons for developing countries from advanced economies’ past 4 LESSONS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES FROM ADVANCED ECONOMIES’ PAST

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Feb 20, 2019

Many of today’s poorest countries do not collect adequate revenues to build the human capital, infrastructure, and institutions needed for stronger growth and faster poverty reduction. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 15 of the 45 countries have revenues lower than 15 percent of GDP. Moreov...

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How race and education are shaping ideology in the Democratic party HOW RACE AND EDUCATION ARE SHAPING IDEOLOGY IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

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Feb 19, 2019

As the presidential primary season gets underway, everyone knows that the Democratic Party has shifted to the left. What does this mean for the upcoming primaries? As new analysis from the Gallup Organization shows, some parts of the party have moved much farther than others, a reality that foreshad...

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Government produces outsourcing guidance GOVERNMENT PRODUCES OUTSOURCING GUIDANCE

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Feb 19, 2019

The Government has published an Outsourcing Playbook as part of its efforts to improve public procurement. Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden launched the guidance, which follows procurement reforms announced in recent months by Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington. It could potentially ha...

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Could a meaningful vote come as early as next week? COULD A MEANINGFUL VOTE COME AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK?

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Feb 19, 2019

Is a Brexit breakthrough imminent? The talk in Westminster tonight is that the government could soon have something to present to MPs on the Irish backstop. Geoffrey Cox the Attorney General has been in Brussels this week working with EU officials on a legally binding change. He has managed to charm...

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Jewish Canadians deeply divided over Israel, poll finds JEWISH CANADIANS DEEPLY DIVIDED OVER ISRAEL, POLL FINDS

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Feb 19, 2019

Jewish Canadians are deeply divided in their opinions on Israel, and many are highly critical of it. Moreover, a majority does not see criticism of Israel as necessarily anti-Semitic. Those are key findings of the first survey to ask Jewish Canadians about their views on the situation in Palestine. ...

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How the Democrats plan to revive the special relationship after Trump HOW THE DEMOCRATS PLAN TO REVIVE THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP AFTER TRUMP

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Feb 19, 2019

Last weekend’s Munich Security Conference could perhaps best be summarised by two sentences in the 102-page report produced by a group of Western luminaries, politicians, military officials, and ex-statesmen: After ‘two years in office, the Trump administration has triggered a reassessme...

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Bad Policy Begets Insecurity BAD POLICY BEGETS INSECURITY

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Feb 19, 2019

The New York Times is reporting a major spike in aggressive cyber attacks by Iran and China against businesses and government agencies in the United States. “Security experts believe,” the Times reports, that the renewed cyber attacks “have been energized by President Trump’s...

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New year, same debate? Washington needs a fresh infrastructure approach NEW YEAR, SAME DEBATE? WASHINGTON NEEDS A FRESH INFRASTRUCTURE APPROACH

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Feb 19, 2019

Two years ago, we made a bold prediction: an “infrastructure bill” was Washington fantasy. Following the election, the consensus opinion was that President Trump campaigned on infrastructure, an area of bipartisan interest, and the Republicans had the votes to push forward legislation. Y...

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With Politicians Who Can’t Be Bothered to Read Peace Agreements, It’s No Wonder Brexit Negotiations Are Such a Mess WITH POLITICIANS WHO CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO READ PEACE AGREEMENTS, IT’S NO WONDER BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS ARE SUCH A MESS

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Feb 19, 2019

Like every peace settlement, the Good Friday Agreement is a compromise document, the result of a long and difficult bargaining process that should be properly understood. Perhaps not a “cracking read”, to use the words of former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, but the Good Friday Agreemen...

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If the Government Had Its Way, Everything Could be Wiretapped IF THE GOVERNMENT HAD ITS WAY, EVERYTHING COULD BE WIRETAPPED

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Feb 19, 2019

Just how much are the police entitled to know about us? The battle over encryption and secure communications suggests that governments think the answer is “everything,” at least so long as investigators aren’t violating weak privacy laws. And to carry out that audacious view, polic...

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Tariffs Cause Americans to Accept Inferior Deals TARIFFS CAUSE AMERICANS TO ACCEPT INFERIOR DEALS

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Feb 19, 2019

Suppose I decided to go back into the business of being a professor of economics specializing in economic history in the USA. Suppose further that 100 jobs are available, and 101 applicants for these jobs have been ranked by the hiring institutions. Everyone agrees that I am the worst of the lot. Ea...

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Trump defends TRUMP DEFENDS 'NATIONAL EMERGENCY' TO DIVERT MONEY TO WALL

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Feb 19, 2019

Already facing a series of lawsuits over his plan to bypass Congress and shift over $6.6 billion from accounts in the Pentagon and Treasury Department into border security and a border wall, President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his decision to divert those resources away from what the House an...

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Lawmakers, car groups, worry as clock ticks on Trump auto tariffs decision LAWMAKERS, CAR GROUPS, WORRY AS CLOCK TICKS ON TRUMP AUTO TARIFFS DECISION

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Feb 18, 2019

A day after a Commerce Department report was submitted to President Donald Trump on the possibility of a national security declaration involving tariffs on imported automobiles, lawmakers in Congress joined automobile manufacturers and free trade groups in urging the White House not to embrace new t...

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Nevada joins California in suit over Trump’s national emergency NEVADA JOINS CALIFORNIA IN SUIT OVER TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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Feb 18, 2019

Nevada is joining the lawsuit to challenge President Trump’s national emergency declaration, the California Attorney General’s office confirmed Monday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has taken the lead in a multi-state suit to fight what the state's claim is an unconstitu...

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Dispatch from Munich: The trans-Atlantic rift persists amid weaknesses on both sides DISPATCH FROM MUNICH: THE TRANS-ATLANTIC RIFT PERSISTS AMID WEAKNESSES ON BOTH SIDES

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Feb 18, 2019

Last year’s Munich Security Conference left most participants deeply depressed. It was devoid of leadership (with a limited U.S. presence a year into the Trump administration, the absence of the stalwart Senator John McCain due to his failing health, and no German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahea...

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Police Chief Warns of Losing European Arrest Warrant POLICE CHIEF WARNS OF LOSING EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT

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Feb 18, 2019

The national policing lead for Brexit has warned that UK police could lose European arrest warrant powers to arrest foreign suspected criminals on the spot if EU policing agreements fall through after Brexit. A downgrade to simply relying on the Interpol system would force British police to obtain a...

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Governments Around the World Are Tackling Money Laundering in Real Estate GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE TACKLING MONEY LAUNDERING IN REAL ESTATE

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Feb 18, 2019

Criminals love luxury real estate, and governments around the world are scrambling to find ways to stop them from scooping up addresses in their most renowned cities. Over the past year, a laundry list of suspects ranging from Chinese gambling rings, a Venezuelan television executive, and a banking ...

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12 Races to Watch in Chicago 12 RACES TO WATCH IN CHICAGO'S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

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Feb 18, 2019

With Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepping aside, and a number of young progressive challengers vying for aldermanic seats, City Council could look quite different after the Feb. 26 municipal elections. Here's a look at 12 big races happening across the city Before Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel annou...

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The U.S. must continue to invest in artificial intelligence to compete with China THE U.S. MUST CONTINUE TO INVEST IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO COMPETE WITH CHINA

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Feb 17, 2019

“Artificial Intelligence” (AI) may bring to mind any number of futuristic pop culture references, from “Star Wars” to “Westworld”, and it may seem like something that’s decades or even centuries away. The reality is that AI is already here it’s in the ...

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How They Voted: Most NY Reps Support Bill to Avoid Shutdown, Fund Border Barriers HOW THEY VOTED: MOST NY REPS SUPPORT BILL TO AVOID SHUTDOWN, FUND BORDER BARRIERS

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Feb 15, 2019

With bipartisan support, Congress on Thursday passed a spending bill to fund several federal government agencies through Sept. 30 and provide nearly $1.4 billion for new barriers along the southern border. President Donald Trump indicated that he would sign the measure. However, he also plans to dec...

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PFAW Joins Coalition to Rally Against Another Government Shutdown PFAW JOINS COALITION TO RALLY AGAINST ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Feb 14, 2019

Last month, the federal government shut down for a total of 35 days, making it the longest shutdown in modern history. During this time, thousands of federal employees, contractors, and their families suffered through missed paychecks and weeks of tumultuous back-and-forth between Congress and Presi...

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Trump Administration Is Illegally Forcing Asylum Seekers Out of the United States TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ILLEGALLY FORCING ASYLUM SEEKERS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES

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Feb 14, 2019

Last September, Bianca* was forced to flee Honduras because her partner’s father threatened to kill her for being a lesbian. Bianca could not go to the police in Honduras because they do not protect LGBTQ people from harm. So she left home to save her life. After traveling through Guatemala an...

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Defeat looms for government as Brexiteers decide to abstain in key vote DEFEAT LOOMS FOR GOVERNMENT AS BREXITEERS DECIDE TO ABSTAIN IN KEY VOTE

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Feb 14, 2019

The European Research Group has decided it will abstain on the government’s Brexit motion, which MPs will be voting on in the next hour. An ERG source said that there was a ‘collective decision’ at a meeting this afternoon to abstain on the motion if no other amendments to it were ...

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MPs need to wake up and see reality: the choice is a customs union or no-deal Brexit MPS NEED TO WAKE UP AND SEE REALITY: THE CHOICE IS A CUSTOMS UNION OR NO-DEAL BREXIT

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Feb 14, 2019

It is time for Labour and Tory MPs to wake up and see the Brexit reality staring them in the face. Which is after tonight’s demonstration that the government doesn’t have the votes to push through a Brexit plan of any description with simply its MPs and those of Northern Ireland’s ...

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After Brexit defeat, Downing Street insists nothing has changed AFTER BREXIT DEFEAT, DOWNING STREET INSISTS NOTHING HAS CHANGED

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Feb 14, 2019

After Theresa May mysteriously evaporated from the Commons following tonight’s government defeat, Downing Street has issued a statement insisting that nothing has changed. The official line is, somewhat tortuously, that the previous set of indicative votes from MPs were the ones that mattered,...

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China, US open trade talks as Beijing says exports rebound CHINA, US OPEN TRADE TALKS AS BEIJING SAYS EXPORTS REBOUND

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Feb 14, 2019

U.S. and Chinese negotiators opened talks Thursday on a sprawling trade dispute as Beijing reported its January exports rebounded despite President Donald Trump's tariff hikes. Trump said earlier the talks could help decide whether he escalates the fight over China's technology ambitions by ...

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Britain can manage no-deal Brexit tariffs BRITAIN CAN MANAGE NO-DEAL BREXIT TARIFFS

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Feb 14, 2019

As the possibility of no deal gets closer, the hyperbole is getting more hyperbolic. But catastrophe metaphors like crashing out, falling off a cliff edge, and burning in hell ignore the less than exciting fact that leaving the EU without a deal leaves us, at most, with transitional problems that ca...

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If May loses tonight, the EU will want her to do a deal with Corbyn IF MAY LOSES TONIGHT, THE EU WILL WANT HER TO DO A DEAL WITH CORBYN

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Feb 14, 2019

Today’s vote is not a meaningful vote. But that doesn’t mean it is meaningless. If Theresa May’s motion is passed tonight, it will enable her to carry on saying to the EU that parliament supports her approach and that a legally binding change to the backstop is needed to get a deal...

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Contractor Back-Pay Misses the Cut in Funding Bill CONTRACTOR BACK-PAY MISSES THE CUT IN FUNDING BILL

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Feb 14, 2019

The issue of back-pay for contractors left high and dry by the 35-day partial government shutdown failed to make the cut in the Consolidated Appropriations Act legislation to be considered as soon as today by the House and Senate. The bill, which would fund government operations through Sept. 30 if ...

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Made in China 2025, and Beijing’s Bid to Become the Global Superpower MADE IN CHINA 2025, AND BEIJING’S BID TO BECOME THE GLOBAL SUPERPOWER

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Feb 13, 2019

The Senate Small Business Committee, which he chairs, on Made in China 2025, the Chinese government's initiative to transform the country into an advanced manufacturing economy. The ambitious plan, first issued in 2015, seeks to move 10 Chinese industrial sectors aerospace, robotics, advanced ra...

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Has U.S. Learned From the 2016 Election Scramble? HAS U.S. LEARNED FROM THE 2016 ELECTION SCRAMBLE?

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Feb 13, 2019

With the 2020 national election cycle on the horizon, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., convened a hearing Wednesday to examine how the United States was working to secure its elections, and despite some partisan squabbling from members over the issue, a senior Hom...

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What’s the Government Missing on IoT Security? WHAT’S THE GOVERNMENT MISSING ON IOT SECURITY?

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Feb 13, 2019

The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) is soon to be accelerated with the arrival of 5G, which promises a world of smart devices that can improve everything from public transportation and driverless cars to remote medical care. But it also raises the profile of IoT as a prime target for h...

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What Macron’s spat with Italy is really about WHAT MACRON’S SPAT WITH ITALY IS REALLY ABOUT

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Feb 13, 2019

Who needs the Comedie-Francaise when there is Emmanuel Macron in the Elysee? France’s recall last week of its ambassador from Italy for consultation was pure theatre on the part of the president. And it was a decision more for the benefit of his domestic audience than for the coalition governm...

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Markets surge as traders choose hope over reality MARKETS SURGE AS TRADERS CHOOSE HOPE OVER REALITY

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Feb 13, 2019

Markets surge as traders choose hope over reality with a tentative deal averting a US government shutdown reached and positive noise from the ongoing US-China trade talks, Wall Street surged more than 1.5% higher overnight. The US JOLTS job opening also posted much higher-than-expected gain to USD 7...

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France-Italy: Behind the crisis lies a deeper rift over Europe FRANCE-ITALY: BEHIND THE CRISIS LIES A DEEPER RIFT OVER EUROPE

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Feb 13, 2019

France and Italy are now in an open diplomatic crisis, provoked by a recent meeting between Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Five Star Movement, and representatives of the French Gilets Jaunes protest movement. Di Maio has expressed his support for the Gilets Jaun...

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UK Space Agency creates LaunchUK to provide info on UK space sector UK SPACE AGENCY CREATES LAUNCHUK TO PROVIDE INFO ON UK SPACE SECTOR

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Feb 13, 2019

As a part of its vision to make UK a space power and to provide a fillip to the UK space program amid the uproar over Brexit, the UK Space Agency has launched a new webpage called LaunchUK on the official gov.uk website. The page will provide information regarding all aspects of the space industry i...

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Trump’s Iran Policy: Much Ado About Nothing TRUMP’S IRAN POLICY: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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Feb 13, 2019

The United States has withdrawn from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that solely addressed the regime’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons but failed to address its menacing actions towards neighboring countries, continued support o...

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The use of military diplomacy in great power competition THE USE OF MILITARY DIPLOMACY IN GREAT POWER COMPETITION

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Feb 12, 2019

Looked upon as one of our government’s greatest achievements, the European Recovery Plan post-World War II, which became the Marshall Plan, was central to the recovery of Europe and helped to rebuild the war-torn European continent and construct a stable foundation on which future allies could...

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Assessing Trump’s artificial intelligence executive order ASSESSING TRUMP’S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EXECUTIVE ORDER

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Feb 12, 2019

Artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly. It is powering autonomous vehicles and being applied in areas from health care and finance to retail sales and national defense. As noted in a 2018 Brookings Institution report, “AI is a technology that is transforming every walk of life. It is a w...

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Cabotage rights become bargaining chip in Brexit talks CABOTAGE RIGHTS BECOME BARGAINING CHIP IN BREXIT TALKS

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Feb 12, 2019

The cabotage rights of EU hauliers in the UK could be suspended if the EU does not agree to allow UK hauliers continued access to Europe in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK government has warned. The EU is currently working on legislation that will allow UK hauliers basic rights to conduct oper...

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Is Another Government Shutdown Imminent? IS ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IMMINENT?

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Feb 12, 2019

President Donald Trump today said he's "not happy" with a compromise reached by Democratic and Republican negotiators that would prevent another government shutdown. As was the case in the lead-up to and during the last government shutdown, it all comes down to Trump, and it remains un...

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White House jumps on AI bandwagon WHITE HOUSE JUMPS ON AI BANDWAGON

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Feb 12, 2019

Jumping in where the private sector has trailblazed, the federal government is redoubling its efforts regarding the development of artificial intelligence. On Feb. 11, President Trump directed the Government to prioritize research and development of America’s AI capabilities. “Continued ...

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How the Trump Administration Should Deal With a Changing China HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD DEAL WITH A CHANGING CHINA

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Feb 12, 2019

During his recent State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump had this to say about China: We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries, and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end. Therefore, we rec...

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Pound slides as UK growth falls to six year low POUND SLIDES AS UK GROWTH FALLS TO SIX YEAR LOW

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Feb 12, 2019

The UK currency fell to its weakest position in three weeks as traders grew increasingly pessimistic that Theresa May will come back with any form of concessions from the European Union regarding the Northern Irish border ‘backstop’. The Prime Minister is today expected to present the pr...

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Government (-driven) Shutdowns Have Human Consequences GOVERNMENT (-DRIVEN) SHUTDOWNS HAVE HUMAN CONSEQUENCES

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Feb 11, 2019

Many observers praised President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech. Some said it was his best ever and even as one of the best SOTU speeches in history. It celebrated the nation’s progress, extolled its opportunities and sought bipartisan unity. A CBS poll found that 30% of Democrat...

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Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge Gets Underway in London CYBER 9/12 STRATEGY CHALLENGE GETS UNDERWAY IN LONDON

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Feb 11, 2019

The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge the brainchild of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative got underway in London on February 11. The two-day event is a unique and innovative cyber crisis and policy response simulation. The UK edition is part of a wider Atlantic Council effort to f...

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Mississippi sues federal government over Louisiana dams MISSISSIPPI SUES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER LOUISIANA DAMS

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Feb 11, 2019

The state of Mississippi on Monday sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land. The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages and touches on one of the most sensitive engineering questions in the nation...

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Trump Shouldn’t Take the Easy Way Out Over China TRUMP SHOULDN’T TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT OVER CHINA

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Feb 11, 2019

When it comes to the trade talks with China, President Donald Trump and his negotiators have more leverage than any U.S. administration has ever had. Chinese policy makers are desperate for a trade truce with the U.S. in order to avoid more damage to China’s economy by further pressuring its t...

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Austerity to Continue for Most U.K. Government Departments AUSTERITY TO CONTINUE FOR MOST U.K. GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

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Feb 11, 2019

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond needs to find billions of extra pounds if most government departments are to avoid years of further austerity, according to new research published Monday. With the government pledging an extra 20 billion pounds ($26 billion) for the National Health Ser...

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Can immigration reform happen? A look back CAN IMMIGRATION REFORM HAPPEN? A LOOK BACK

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Feb 11, 2019

Will the Congress manage to come up with an immigration deal that President Trump will sign? That is the question on everyone’s minds as negotiators in Congress work towards a deal that could avert a second government shutdown and/or result in an unprecedented presidential declaration of natio...

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Florida GOP chair says banning FLORIDA GOP CHAIR SAYS BANNING 'SANCTUARY CITIES' IS HIS TOP PRIORITY

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Feb 11, 2019

The long-shot efforts by Florida Republicans to ban so-called sanctuary cities in the state may have a better chance this year, as key GOP lawmakers align to push legislation that Gov. Ron DeSantis has promised to sign into state law. At the center of the current effort is Sen. Joe Gruters, the chai...

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Former Mayor, Senator Cory Booker Enters 2020 Presidential Race FORMER MAYOR, SENATOR CORY BOOKER ENTERS 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

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Feb 11, 2019

Cory Booker leaped into the 2020 presidential race on [February 1, 2019] with a call for Americans to unite in a time of bitter polarization while some of his Democratic rivals are taking a more combative stance as they vie to take on President Donald Trump. Booker’s entry into the Democratic ...

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Trump rule change could threaten North Carolina’s water TRUMP RULE CHANGE COULD THREATEN NORTH CAROLINA’S WATER

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Feb 11, 2019

The Trump administration is about to propose a change to clean water regulations that will roll back protection for a number of wetlands and streams. Environmentalists worry the changes will harm North Carolina waterways, in part because the General Assembly has prohibited state regulators from comp...

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Trump executive action details on border wall funding still TBD TRUMP EXECUTIVE ACTION DETAILS ON BORDER WALL FUNDING STILL TBD

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Feb 11, 2019

Four days after the announcement of a series of executive actions to fund his signature border wall, President Donald Trump’s administration still needs to fill in the details on his plans to shift over $6.6 billion from the Pentagon and Treasury Department into funding border security, as mem...

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Accelerating America’s Leadership in Artificial Intelligence ACCELERATING AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Feb 11, 2019

In his 2019 State of the Union address, President Trump stressed the importance of investing in the cutting-edge Industries of the Future. Emerging technologies are driving the creation of the Industries of the Future, and none more so than artificial intelligence (AI). AI technologies are transform...

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How the relationship between France and Italy reached its breaking point HOW THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FRANCE AND ITALY REACHED ITS BREAKING POINT

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Feb 08, 2019

When we think of frosty diplomatic relations between states, members of the European Union don’t typically come to mind. And yet the word ‘frosty’ is exactly what the relationship between Italy and France has become. In fact, ‘frosty’ may too tepid of a description. The...

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Trump issues new Buy American executive order TRUMP ISSUES NEW BUY AMERICAN EXECUTIVE ORDER

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Feb 07, 2019

President Donald Trump has ratcheted up the pressure on federal agencies to encourage companies winning federal contracts or receiving federal assistance to buy products made with domestic iron, steel, and aluminum. The Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects executive ord...

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U.S. government approves sale of aircraft defense system for India’s VIP jets U.S. GOVERNMENT APPROVES SALE OF AIRCRAFT DEFENSE SYSTEM FOR INDIA’S VIP JETS

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Feb 07, 2019

U.S. government has approved a possible $190 million Foreign Military Sale to India of two Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Self-Protection Suites (SPS). According to a U.S. State Department statement, the systems will be used for “head of state” Boeing 777-300ER jets. “The ...

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Who Owns $21.5 Trillion of the U.S. National Debt? WHO OWNS $21.5 TRILLION OF THE U.S. NATIONAL DEBT?

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Feb 07, 2019

At this writing, the U.S. national debt has nearly reached $22 trillion, rising by nearly $500 billion since the U.S. government’s 2018 fiscal year ended on September 30, 2018. But to whom does the U.S. government owe all that money? Here’s an answer to that question, as if it were asked...

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Stakes are high for cities and regions ahead of an unsettled 2020 census STAKES ARE HIGH FOR CITIES AND REGIONS AHEAD OF AN UNSETTLED 2020 CENSUS

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Feb 07, 2019

A little over one year from now, the United States will participate in a democratic tradition that stretches back to the founding of the republic: the once-a-decade census of its population. From 1790 (U.S. population: 3.9 million) to 2010 (U.S. population: 309 million), the decennial census has cha...

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To revive bipartisanship, Trump must lead the way TO REVIVE BIPARTISANSHIP, TRUMP MUST LEAD THE WAY

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Feb 07, 2019

Nice speech, Mr. President. Now let’s see the follow through. For nearly a decade, No Labels has preached the virtues and the urgency of bipartisanship. We believe that there’s value in both the progressive and the conservative worldviews and that by engaging each other the left and righ...

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It’s time to shut down all future government shutdowns IT’S TIME TO SHUT DOWN ALL FUTURE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS

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Feb 07, 2019

We just came through a 35-day partial government shutdown that impacted millions of Americans, hurt our economy, and harmed our world standing. This was the most recent and longest of any government shutdown. We may see another in less than two weeks if Congress and the president can’t find a ...

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How to Shine a Light on U.S. Government Surveillance of Americans HOW TO SHINE A LIGHT ON U.S. GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICANS

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Feb 06, 2019

This year, Congress must vote on reauthorizing provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire including Section 215, which the government abused for years to illegally collect Americans’ phone records in bulk. As this debate gets underway, both Congress and the public need some answers. ...

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Responsible competition and the future of U.S.-China relations RESPONSIBLE COMPETITION AND THE FUTURE OF U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

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Feb 06, 2019

Over the last two years, a near-consensus has crystallized among China-watchers that Washington and Beijing are locked in a great power competition over vital economic and security interests. As a result, this narrative holds, the United States must adopt a hard-nosed approach to address the growing...

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We must work to end female genital mutilation in the United States and around the world WE MUST WORK TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD

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Feb 06, 2019

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, and the time is way overdue to stand up for the voiceless and criminalize this horrific practice. I’m calling on state legislatures around the country, including in my home state of Pennsylvania - one of 22 states ...

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France-Africa relations challenged by China and the European Union FRANCE-AFRICA RELATIONS CHALLENGED BY CHINA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Feb 05, 2019

On January 23, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini derided France’s “apathy” toward stabilizing Libya, claiming, “probably because it has oil interests that are opposed to those of Italy.” Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio supported this position two da...

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President should use his address to rally Americans to our nation’s real needs PRESIDENT SHOULD USE HIS ADDRESS TO RALLY AMERICANS TO OUR NATION’S REAL NEEDS

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Feb 05, 2019

The State of the Union speech is that singular national conversation where the leader of the free world momentarily holds Americans’ attention and seizes it to inspire, focus and rally us to nobler causes. This president, I fear, will use this historic moment to divide, distract and bully his ...

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Partial or Not: Resources for Federal Workers Around the Government Shutdown PARTIAL OR NOT: RESOURCES FOR FEDERAL WORKERS AROUND THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Feb 04, 2019

After a historic 35 days, the federal government shutdown finally ended. For now, at least. If you’re a federal employee heading back to work, you’re likely wondering when will I get paid and what can I do to rebound from the shutdown? Federal employees were finally paid on January 31, 2...

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Republicans in Congress may be the best positioned to stop Trump from declaring a national emergency REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS MAY BE THE BEST POSITIONED TO STOP TRUMP FROM DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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Feb 01, 2019

Since conceding victory to Democrats late last week by reopening the US federal government, the Trump administration has tried to flip the script on who holds the upper hand in ongoing negotiations over immigration. It seems increasingly unlikely that Democrats in Congress will cave to the president...

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Many in GOP say Trump would set dangerous precedent if he declares national emergency over border wall but Rick Scott supports it MANY IN GOP SAY TRUMP WOULD SET DANGEROUS PRECEDENT IF HE DECLARES NATIONAL EMERGENCY OVER BORDER WALL BUT RICK SCOTT SUPPORTS IT

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Jan 31, 2019

There are just 15 days left for President Trump and congressional Democrats to find common ground on border security, or the threat of another government shutdown looms. The president has threatened to declare a national emergency to fund a $5.7 billion wall on our southern border, but many Republic...

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What a Labor Victory Might Mean for Australian Foreign Policy WHAT A LABOR VICTORY MIGHT MEAN FOR AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN POLICY

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Jan 31, 2019

A federal election is due this year in Australia. While the Liberal-National Coalition government has yet to formally announce a polling day, the stage has effectively been set for a May election. According to Australian law, May 18 is the latest possible date a federal election could be called. The...

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The Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act THE BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AUTHORITY ACT

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Jan 31, 2019

This week Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act, which would reduce the president’s authority to unilaterally enact new tariffs by citing national security concerns. The Senate sponsors are Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). The Demo...

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Nuggets from the Fed’s new Financial Stability and Supervision & Regulation reports NUGGETS FROM THE FED’S NEW FINANCIAL STABILITY AND SUPERVISION & REGULATION REPORTS

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Jan 31, 2019

The Federal Reserve’s inaugural reports on Financial Stability and Supervision & Regulation offer a useful peek into Fed thinking and underscore the Fed’s responsibilities for more than inflation and unemployment. The reports didn’t get much attention because they didn’t ...

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Why conservatives should avoid government shutdowns WHY CONSERVATIVES SHOULD AVOID GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS

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Jan 31, 2019

As the deadline for yet another shutdown approaches, conservatives, even more than liberals, should try to avoid a second shutdown. For many decades now, conservative politicians have been very successful at convincing Americans that the federal government is a large, bloated bureaucracy that wastes...

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‘Erratic’ Trump Undermines Iran, Russia Policies, Report Says ‘ERRATIC’ TRUMP UNDERMINES IRAN, RUSSIA POLICIES, REPORT SAYS

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Jan 31, 2019

President Donald Trump has complicated policies toward U.S. adversaries Iran and Russia over the past two years by breaking with his own administration, according to a new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The report from the hawkish think tank, which includes a foreword by former...

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Deal or no deal? The Brexit process has descended into farce but will it become a tragedy? DEAL OR NO DEAL? THE BREXIT PROCESS HAS DESCENDED INTO FARCE BUT WILL IT BECOME A TRAGEDY?

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Jan 31, 2019

European press coverage of the Brexit debate in the UK Parliament on Tuesday 29 January was savage. The consensus was that Theresa May had placed a fragile unity of the Conservative Party above the national interest, making it impossible to negotiate a new deal with the EU27. Worse, an op-ed in the ...

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Immigration Judges Say Shutdown Made Backlog Much Worse IMMIGRATION JUDGES SAY SHUTDOWN MADE BACKLOG MUCH WORSE

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Jan 31, 2019

Immigration judges, who are administrative judges rather than Article III judges mandated by the Constitution, say that Trump’s government shutdown made things immeasurably worse for them in clearing up the massive backlog of cases they have to process for asylum seekers and others and say hun...

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Next shutdown, federal workers shouldn’t be so reasonable NEXT SHUTDOWN, FEDERAL WORKERS SHOULDN’T BE SO REASONABLE

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Jan 30, 2019

Next time, they should redistribute the pain. That’s an expression Martin Luther King Jr. used he credited Jesse Jackson in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike as he urged boycotts and other forms of economic coercion in support of the strikers. Those men had been suffering alone, he sa...

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Not All Great Powers Are Created Equal NOT ALL GREAT POWERS ARE CREATED EQUAL

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Jan 30, 2019

President Donald Trump's National Security Strategy describes China and Russia in similar terms. "Three main sets of challenges the revisionist powers of China and Russia, the rogue states of Iran and North Korea, and transnational threat organizations, particularly jihadist terrorist group...

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White House Petition to Impeach Pelosi Tops 100K Signatures, Triggering Official Response WHITE HOUSE PETITION TO IMPEACH PELOSI TOPS 100K SIGNATURES, TRIGGERING OFFICIAL RESPONSE

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Jan 30, 2019

A White House website “We the People” petition declaring “IMPEACH Pelosi for treason!” has surpassed the “100,000 signatures in 30 days” requirement to trigger an official response from the White House. The “Nancy Pelosi is a TRAITOR to the American People!&...

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Congressional Subpoena Power and Executive Privilege: The Coming Showdown Between the Branches CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA POWER AND EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE: THE COMING SHOWDOWN BETWEEN THE BRANCHES

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Jan 30, 2019

With the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives sporting an aggressive oversight agenda on national security and foreign policy issues, it’s only a matter of time before a raft of congressional subpoenas is fired off from Capitol Hill. Also, only a matter of time is resistance...

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It’s Time to Demilitarize Our Budget to Fight Climate Change IT’S TIME TO DEMILITARIZE OUR BUDGET TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

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Jan 30, 2019

Congress has less than 3 weeks to make a budget deal or risk entering yet another government shutdown. Reports have suggested that if no deal is reached, the President could try to bypass the budgetary standoff in Congress over his $5.7 billion demand for a border wall by declaring a national state ...

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U.S. Foreign Policy Should Not Be a Religious Crusade U.S. FOREIGN POLICY SHOULD NOT BE A RELIGIOUS CRUSADE

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Jan 30, 2019

Christians and other religious minorities continue to be at risk in the Middle East, now, it is said, because the Trump administration intends to withdraw from Syria. Their fate long has been of concern in Washington. During his ill-fated presidential campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio complained that &ldqu...

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Three ways the government can supercharge media literacy policy in the UK THREE WAYS THE GOVERNMENT CAN SUPERCHARGE MEDIA LITERACY POLICY IN THE UK

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Jan 30, 2019

In the fog of war over misinformation, child internet safety and the ‘techlash’ against data surveillance, the need to improve media literacy is the one area of policy everyone agrees about. When it comes to using digital media, not only does media literacy allow users to identify and mi...

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Forward-Looking Cyber Activities Halted During Shutdown FORWARD-LOOKING CYBER ACTIVITIES HALTED DURING SHUTDOWN

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Jan 29, 2019

During the State of the Net 2019 Conference, cybersecurity experts zeroed in on how the shutdown impacted not only the United States’ cybersecurity posture but also the Federal government’s cybersecurity workforce. Moira Bergin, director of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcom...

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Government slammed for passing the buck on air quality GOVERNMENT SLAMMED FOR PASSING THE BUCK ON AIR QUALITY

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Jan 29, 2019

The UK government has been accused of ‘passing the buck’ over clean air policies and ignoring practical solutions to reduce emissions, reports Kevin Swallow. Addressing the inaugural Pro Tect Solutions conference on compliance at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset, Howard Cox, a founder...

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How Much Did the Government Shutdown Cost the Economy? HOW MUCH DID THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COST THE ECONOMY?

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Jan 29, 2019

For the 35 days from December 21, 2018, to January 25, 2019, we heard quite a lot of stories about the negative impact the latest partial federal government closure would have on the U.S. economy. S&P Global Ratings, an independent firm that determines the credit ratings for businesses and gover...

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US drops out of top 20 in annual global corruption index US DROPS OUT OF TOP 20 IN ANNUAL GLOBAL CORRUPTION INDEX

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Jan 29, 2019

The United States has dropped out of the annual global corruption index compiled by Transparency International for the first time since 2011. The group's annual report, released Tuesday, lists the United States at No. 22 on the rankings of countries doing the most to battle corruption in governm...

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Student Government votes on dining hall food mislabeling act STUDENT GOVERNMENT VOTES ON DINING HALL FOOD MISLABELING ACT

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Jan 29, 2019

Boston University Student Government met Monday night to vote on an act to fix misleading or incorrect nutrition labels, reconfirm judicial commissioners and confirm a chair for the Senate Oversight Committee. SG President Devin Harvin began the meeting by addressing the Senate on upcoming events th...

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Government puts up £5 million for digital health innovations GOVERNMENT PUTS UP £5 MILLION FOR DIGITAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS

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Jan 29, 2019

National innovation agency Innovate UK is to run a competition under the Digital Health Technology Catalyst programme and with money from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It has said the technologies could include virtual and augmented reality, AI and machine learning, the internet of things,...

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Governance in Healthcare: Beyond Compliance, Risk and Analytics GOVERNANCE IN HEALTHCARE: BEYOND COMPLIANCE, RISK AND ANALYTICS

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Jan 29, 2019

Historically, a key driver for the establishment and application of governance has been to address regulatory and compliance concerns. The business intelligence and analytics space has been an early adopter of the practice, and the evolution of governance adoption is starting to expand into the cons...

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Mulvaney: Trump Will Shut Down Government Again if He Doesn’t Get His Way MULVANEY: TRUMP WILL SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT AGAIN IF HE DOESN’T GET HIS WAY

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Jan 28, 2019

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney says that if Trump doesn’t get his way on the border wall funding, he’s willing to shut the government down again. Whether that’s true or just a pose to help in negotiations, we can’t know until the three week period of talks is up. Fa...

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After delay, President Trump to give State of the Union on February 5 AFTER DELAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GIVE STATE OF THE UNION ON FEBRUARY 5

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Jan 28, 2019

With a partial government shutdown over for now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to give his 2019 State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 5, a week later than the originally scheduled speech, which was delayed by the Speaker in the midst of a 3...

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During a government shutdown, we’re not paying our protectors DURING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, WE’RE NOT PAYING OUR PROTECTORS

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Jan 28, 2019

For a president, and members of Congress, who have declared preventing another attack from al-Qaida or ISIS to be among their top national security priorities, there is an enormous contradiction in their apparent willingness to tolerate an indefinite shutdown of so much of the government: the effect...

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For Kansas government to work, lawmakers must listen to voters FOR KANSAS GOVERNMENT TO WORK, LAWMAKERS MUST LISTEN TO VOTERS

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Jan 28, 2019

Kansans chose a divided government in 2018, electing a Democratic governor and a conservative-tilting Republican Legislature. The facts: 57 percent of Kansas voters did not support Kris Kobach. And many Republicans in the legislature, including some noted conservatives, represent districts where mos...

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Government Shutdown Could Delay EPA Certifications GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COULD DELAY EPA CERTIFICATIONS

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Jan 28, 2019

The automotive industry is an expansive, complex, and intricate machine that involves the work of hundreds of thousands of people. Building new and exciting vehicles takes time, money, and hard work, and often automakers are on tight development schedules when releasing new models. One necessity in ...

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This week: Congress pivots to preventing second shutdown THIS WEEK: CONGRESS PIVOTS TO PREVENTING SECOND SHUTDOWN

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Jan 28, 2019

With the federal government kicking back into gear after a 35-day partial shutdown, Congress is turning to its next deadline: Preventing another funding lapse. The continuing resolution (CR) signed by President Trump funds roughly a quarter of the government through Feb. 15, giving Congress 19 days ...

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Opposition to Trump emergency for wall nearly twice as strong as support OPPOSITION TO TRUMP EMERGENCY FOR WALL NEARLY TWICE AS STRONG AS SUPPORT

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Jan 28, 2019

Nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed in a new poll said they are against President Trump declaring a national emergency to direct the construction of a wall along the southern border, almost twice the amount of those in favor of it. The Monmouth University poll found that 64 percent of Americans ...

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3 STEPS TO MODERNIZING THE GOVERNMENT CONTACT CENTER 3 STEPS TO MODERNIZING THE GOVERNMENT CONTACT CENTER

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Jan 28, 2019

In today’s environment, most government agencies’ contact centers don’t have the modern tools necessary to meet citizen demands. They are often working with technology and processes that are outdated, hinder information sharing and prevent simple access for citizens.

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Has the State Department Been Stripped of Its Swagger? HAS THE STATE DEPARTMENT BEEN STRIPPED OF ITS SWAGGER?

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Jan 27, 2019

Albania. Brazil. Egypt. Honduras. Jordan. Egypt. Saudi Arabia. What do these diverse countries, separated by culture, geography, and politics, have in common? Well, there is one thing: neither of them has a confirmed U.S. ambassador residing in their capitals. Two years into the Trump administration...

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The State of the Union is back on. But Donald Trump’s unpopularity may mean he is wasting his breath. THE STATE OF THE UNION IS BACK ON. BUT DONALD TRUMP’S UNPOPULARITY MAY MEAN HE IS WASTING HIS BREATH.

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Jan 25, 2019

On January 25, 2019, after weeks of back-and-forth between President Trump and newly-installed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the partial shutdown of the United States government begun the previous year ended with the president agreeing to sign a continuing resolution to reopen the government. T...

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What to Do If You Miss a Paycheck Due to Government Shutdown WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS A PAYCHECK DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Jan 24, 2019

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve probably noticed something called a partial government shutdown that’s happening right now. Don’t worry we aren’t about to get political on you. We promise! But it’s a very real thing impacting 800,000 federal employ...

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Government workers in Massachusetts face food insecurity under shutdown GOVERNMENT WORKERS IN MASSACHUSETTS FACE FOOD INSECURITY UNDER SHUTDOWN

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Jan 24, 2019

In light of the partial federal government shutdown, the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance began issuing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for the month of February early to eligible employees that are not being paid. Brooke Karanovich, director of communications a...

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FBI union president: FBI UNION PRESIDENT: 'UTTERLY DISGUSTING' SOME AGENTS DEPEND ON FOOD DONATIONS DURING A SHUTDOWN

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Jan 23, 2019

The president of a union representing FBI agents on Wednesday called on President Trump and Congress to reach a deal to reopen the government, calling the circumstances leading to FBI agents being forced to use food banks during the furlough "utterly disgusting." In an appearance on CNN...

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Illinois Offers $100 Million in Loans to Federal Workers ILLINOIS OFFERS $100 MILLION IN LOANS TO FEDERAL WORKERS

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Jan 23, 2019

Illinois is offering $100 million in state funds to finance low-interest or interest-free loans to federal workers going without pay during the record government shutdown, officials said Wednesday. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced that eligible federal employees...

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The Shutdown Is Disproportionally Hurting Native Americans THE SHUTDOWN IS DISPROPORTIONALLY HURTING NATIVE AMERICANS

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Jan 23, 2019

The federal government shutdown has stretched to more than 30 days with no clear end in sight, as President Trump continues to demand his border wall. The crisis has shaken the lives of everyday people across the country, from federal prisoners to low-wage government workers. But there is one especi...

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UK government publishes updated procurement guidance in the event of a no-deal Brexit UK GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES UPDATED PROCUREMENT GUIDANCE IN THE EVENT OF A NO-DEAL BREXIT

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Jan 23, 2019

On 14 January 2019, the UK government updated its guidance in relation to public-sector procurement in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The guidance confirms that, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the public procurement regulations will remain broadly unchanged after EU exit at 11 pm on 29 Marc...

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Switzerland Maintains Top Spot Overall, Japan Captures Second Place in 2019 Best Countries Report SWITZERLAND MAINTAINS TOP SPOT OVERALL, JAPAN CAPTURES SECOND PLACE IN 2019 BEST COUNTRIES REPORT

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Jan 23, 2019

Switzerland is the No. 1 country in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the 2019 Best Countries Report, a rankings and analysis project by U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The rankings evaluate 80 countries across a ...

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Venezuela: A Chinese Prod to Jab the United States VENEZUELA: A CHINESE PROD TO JAB THE UNITED STATES

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Jan 22, 2019

Venezuela continued its chaotic descent toward total collapse on Monday. Venezuelan officials said the country's armed forces detained a group of soldiers who stole weapons and kidnapped several officials in a brief military revolt against Nicolás Maduro, a tyrant who was sworn into a sec...

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Senate GOP Bill Doesn’t Extend TPS. It Guts It SENATE GOP BILL DOESN’T EXTEND TPS. IT GUTS IT

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Jan 22, 2019

President Trump announced on Saturday that he had a new plan to open government that includes “a three-year extension of temporary protected status or TPS.” But as in the case of DACA for reasons I explained here the actual legislation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduc...

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Why relations between the EU and US are about to get worse WHY RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EU AND US ARE ABOUT TO GET WORSE

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Jan 22, 2019

If you thought the last two years of transatlantic relations were bad, things are about to get even worse. Donald Trump and his hard-charging secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, have scheduled a Middle East security conference for February 13th and 14th. Poland, perhaps the only country in Europe that ...

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Joyless growth in China, India, and the United States JOYLESS GROWTH IN CHINA, INDIA, AND THE UNITED STATES

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Jan 22, 2019

During the last few weeks of 2018, I spent time in Washington, D.C., Beijing, and New Delhi, the capitals of the largest high-income, upper-middle income, and lower-middle income economies, respectively. This blog’s title conveys both my findings and my forecast for 2019: Upbeat economies, and...

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Government shutdown’s impact on real estate and our economy GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON REAL ESTATE AND OUR ECONOMY

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Jan 22, 2019

With 800,000 government employees having to show up at work without a paycheck or being furloughed; the impact on real estate has begun with mortgages becoming unavailable through the Federal Housing Authority or the United States Dept of Agriculture, which are not endorsing new loans for multifamil...

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How Will the Shutdown Affect Local Low-Income Housing? HOW WILL THE SHUTDOWN AFFECT LOCAL LOW-INCOME HOUSING?

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Jan 22, 2019

The longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history presents an uncertain situation for residents of low-income housing. Portions of the federal government have been shut down since Dec. 22 after Democrats and Republicans in Congress reached an impasse in negotiations around funding the governme...

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Trump’s $5.7 Billion Price for 3 Years of DACA & TPS Values Full Legalization at $2 Trillion TRUMP’S $5.7 BILLION PRICE FOR 3 YEARS OF DACA & TPS VALUES FULL LEGALIZATION AT $2 TRILLION

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Jan 21, 2019

President Trump offered Democrats a new deal to reopen the government this weekend. The main components would see the president get nearly $8.7 billion for the wall and immigration enforcement and Democrats in Congress get to temporarily reverse his decisions to end legal protections for immigrants ...

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Elizabeth Warren joins airport protest against government shutdown ELIZABETH WARREN JOINS AIRPORT PROTEST AGAINST GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Jan 21, 2019

More than 100 airport workers and union members were joined by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and other elected officials at Logan Airport to rally for fair working conditions and an end to the federal government shutdown on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday. The rally was hosted by...

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Britain is right to send its navy to the South China Sea BRITAIN IS RIGHT TO SEND ITS NAVY TO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

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Jan 21, 2019

The Royal Navy and US Navy held joint exercises in the South China Sea last week, for the first time since China began building new military bases in those waters. The exercises sent a message to Beijing that it faces an evolving united front of nations committed to maintaining freedom of navigation...

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GOP UNVEILS 1,301 PAGE PLAN TO END PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN GOP UNVEILS 1,301 PAGE PLAN TO END PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Jan 21, 2019

Two days after President Donald Trump unveiled his compromise plans to provide funding for his border wall in exchange for halting deportations for about 1 million people in the U.S. illegally under a pair of immigration programs, Senate Republicans on Monday night fleshed out the details as they re...

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25 years after Ukraine denuclearized, Russian aggression continues to rise 25 YEARS AFTER UKRAINE DENUCLEARIZED, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION CONTINUES TO RISE

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Jan 18, 2019

Twenty-five years ago this week, the United States, Russia, and Ukraine signed the Trilateral Statement and Annex, in which Ukraine agreed to transfer its nuclear stockpile to Russia. In exchange, Ukraine received compensation for the value of the highly enriched uranium in the nuclear warheads, ass...

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The real threat the government shutdown poses for the American economy THE REAL THREAT THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN POSES FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY

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Jan 16, 2019

The government shutdown has produced a serious economic threat that’s hiding in plain sight: the U.S. economy is flying blind. The people who collect, analyze and release all the basic data tracking the path of the economy and its principal aspects are on furlough. This means that thousands of...

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When it comes to the border, money doesn’t solve all problems WHEN IT COMES TO THE BORDER, MONEY DOESN’T SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS

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Jan 16, 2019

At the root of the current government shutdown is a profound disagreement over the wisdom and efficacy of spending billions of dollars on a wall. But when it comes to border security, history shows more money doesn’t always solve the problem. To provide one example, let’s have a look at ...

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How Is the Partial Government Shutdown Affecting National Parks? HOW IS THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECTING NATIONAL PARKS?

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Jan 16, 2019

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal employees, including National Park Service personnel, and left many of America’s public lands ungated and largely unsupervised. President Trump announced a short-term agreement on January 25, 2019, to r...

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Trump ally Joe Gruters becomes new Florida Republican Party chairman TRUMP ALLY JOE GRUTERS BECOMES NEW FLORIDA REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN

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Jan 15, 2019

Entering an election cycle in which Florida will again be a key battleground in the race for the White House, state Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota was chosen Saturday to lead the Republican Party of Florida.  Gruters, who defeated Charlotte County State Committeeman Bob Starr in a 192-25 vote at ...

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COAST GUARD MISSES PAYCHECKS AS PARTIAL SHUTDOWN REACHES DAY 25 COAST GUARD MISSES PAYCHECKS AS PARTIAL SHUTDOWN REACHES DAY 25

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Jan 15, 2019

The bitter political dispute over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall extended its reach on Tuesday, with over 40,000 members of the Coast Guard not being paid as scheduled, joining 800,000 federal workers who missed a paycheck last week, as there were no indications of any break ...

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What the FBI was willing to do to take out Trump with no evidence WHAT THE FBI WAS WILLING TO DO TO TAKE OUT TRUMP WITH NO EVIDENCE

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Jan 15, 2019

For almost three years bureaucrats from the Obama administration, including those at FBI and Justice, have tried to take out candidate and then President Trump with no actual evidence. Robert Mueller knew that Michael Flynn didn’t violate any laws by talking with a Russian after the election, ...

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Shutdown watch: How the US pays for Trump’s border wall may leave a costly legacy SHUTDOWN WATCH: HOW THE US PAYS FOR TRUMP’S BORDER WALL MAY LEAVE A COSTLY LEGACY

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Jan 14, 2019

As the partial government shutdown has extended past a record 21 days, the economic costs are rising. Furloughed workers, slashed services, and jittery markets are just a few signs of the growing fallout. But one of the single biggest costs may be yet to come, even if the shutdown ends: a new border...

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Poll: Nearly two-thirds of voters back Dem plan to reopen government POLL: NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF VOTERS BACK DEM PLAN TO REOPEN GOVERNMENT

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Jan 14, 2019

Almost two-thirds of voters polled in a new survey support a Democratic proposal to reopen shuttered parts of the federal government while allowing more time for negotiations on President Trump's proposed border wall. The Quinnipiac University National Poll, released on Monday, found that 63 per...

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Japan Strives to Keep Importing Iranian Oil Despite US Sanctions JAPAN STRIVES TO KEEP IMPORTING IRANIAN OIL DESPITE US SANCTIONS

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Jan 14, 2019

Japan’s energy policy towards Iran has been an area of struggle for independence from the United States for four decades. Even when Japan tried to pursue its own energy policy towards Iran, the US has generally had the final say. From Japan’s point of view, however, the US stance towards...

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Labour’s political calculations: explaining the party’s muddled policy on Brexit LABOUR’S POLITICAL CALCULATIONS: EXPLAINING THE PARTY’S MUDDLED POLICY ON BREXIT

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Jan 14, 2019

The Labour Party’s stance on Brexit, Nick Cohen recently mused in the Observer, ‘is grounded in old-style Leninist fantasy.’ It is an imaginative if fanciful way of explaining Labour’s muddled policy, but the real reasons are more mundane, less to do with ideology than the fo...

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The U.S. Government is on Hiatus, Cybersecurity Threats Are Not THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS ON HIATUS, CYBERSECURITY THREATS ARE NOT

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Jan 14, 2019

One unforeseen consequence of the United States government shutdown is the reduction in federal cybersecurity staff and support. By Department of Homeland security tally, 43 percent of the workforce over 1,500 employees are furloughed. This creates opportunities for not only immediate risk but also ...

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Nothing has changed: The path to a greener economy does not pass through a NOTHING HAS CHANGED: THE PATH TO A GREENER ECONOMY DOES NOT PASS THROUGH A 'NO DEAL' BREXIT

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Jan 14, 2019

What else is there left to say? For the past eight weeks, and arguably much of the past two years, the government has been engaged in a dismal exercise of time-wasting deferral. In what amounts to a still shocking dereliction of duty hard choices have been ducked, unavoidable trade-offs dismissed, t...

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Dollar sell-off continues as US government shutdown enters fourth week DOLLAR SELL-OFF CONTINUES AS US GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENTERS FOURTH WEEK

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Jan 14, 2019

The greenback fell against every other G10 currency. Top of the table was the commodity currencies, the Norwegian Krone and the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollars, buoyed by the very strong start of the year in commodity prices. Dovish commentary from the Federal Reserve seems to have remo...

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Why McConnell is on the sidelines of a historically long government shutdown WHY MCCONNELL IS ON THE SIDELINES OF A HISTORICALLY LONG GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Jan 14, 2019

This weekend, the partial shutdown of the federal government became the longest such closure in recent American history. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are furloughed or working without pay, and countless more federal contractors also remain off the job; while the former will likely rece...

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The Supreme Court shouldn’t do the president’s dirty work to end DACA THE SUPREME COURT SHOULDN’T DO THE PRESIDENT’S DIRTY WORK TO END DACA

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Jan 14, 2019

Seventeen months after President Trump announced his plans to terminate DACA, the program remains on life support, thanks to three federal court injunctions that determined the president’s actions were unlawful. But now by the president’s own admission, he is hoping the Supreme Court wil...

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On What Grounds Can the FBI Investigate the President as a Counterintelligence Threat? ON WHAT GROUNDS CAN THE FBI INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT AS A COUNTERINTELLIGENCE THREAT?

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Jan 13, 2019

The New York Times reported on Jan. 11 that the FBI “began investigating whether President Trump had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests” soon after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. In other words, the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigatio...

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House Democrats Should Cut Trump Some Slack on North Korea Policy HOUSE DEMOCRATS SHOULD CUT TRUMP SOME SLACK ON NORTH KOREA POLICY

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Jan 13, 2019

The Democrats have now assumed majority control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. And with more power comes more responsibility. There is no issue on Washington’s national security agenda that will require as much responsible behavior, prudence, and patience as...

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Trump disaster relief cut-off may cost California $10 billion TRUMP DISASTER RELIEF CUT-OFF MAY COST CALIFORNIA $10 BILLION

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Jan 11, 2019

President Trump's threat to halt California supplemental disaster funding for wildfire and floods unless "they get their act together" could cost the state $10 billion. Floods from a cyclical wet weather year could be more financially devastating to California than the $27 billion in l...

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President Trump Demands ‘Burrito Tax’ For Border Wall PRESIDENT TRUMP DEMANDS ‘BURRITO TAX’ FOR BORDER WALL

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Jan 11, 2019

Washington DC – President Trump is telling Congress to pass a special tax on Mexican food in order to fund his border wall. Dubbed the ‘Burrito Tax,’ the new law would levy a 25% surcharge to all burritos, tacos, and chimichangas sold within the United States and its overseas posse...

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How to Reform Health Care When Congress Is Divided HOW TO REFORM HEALTH CARE WHEN CONGRESS IS DIVIDED

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Jan 10, 2019

With Democrats having a majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, it will be nearly impossible for federal lawmakers on either side of the aisle to replace the Affordable Care Act in the next two years. However, that doesn’t mean important health care reforms can’t be achie...

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Europe Ready to Help With WTO Reform EUROPE READY TO HELP WITH WTO REFORM

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Jan 10, 2019

A multilateral effort needs to be made to save the World Trade Organization (WTO), the European Union’s Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said at the Atlantic Council in Washington on January 10, noting that the twenty-four-year-old intergovernmental body to regulate international ...

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Trump says he finds China TRUMP SAYS HE FINDS CHINA 'MORE HONORABLE' THAN PELOSI AND SCHUMER

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Jan 10, 2019

President Trump took aim at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday over the stalled negotiations surrounding the partial government shutdown, remarking to reporters that diplomats from China were "more honorable" than the Democrats. ...

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Cortez Masto tells Senate colleagues to defy Trump, reopen government CORTEZ MASTO TELLS SENATE COLLEAGUES TO DEFY TRUMP, REOPEN GOVERNMENT

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Jan 10, 2019

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto called on President Trump to reopen shuttered government agencies and highlighted the impact the shutdown was having on Nevadans. Cortez Masto said the president’s “govern-by-chaos approach” was affecting hundreds o...

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Liberal lawmakers challenge Trump with drug cost legislation LIBERAL LAWMAKERS CHALLENGE TRUMP WITH DRUG COST LEGISLATION

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Jan 10, 2019

Challenging the Trump administration on a top consumer issue, leading congressional liberals are proposing legislation that would radically reduce U.S. prescription drug bills by linking prices to lower costs in other countries. The legislation set to be introduced Thursday has little chance of beco...

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Parliament is now at war with government - and it PARLIAMENT IS NOW AT WAR WITH GOVERNMENT - AND IT'S WINNING

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Jan 09, 2019

The content of Theresa May's defeats over the last couple of days isn't particularly meaningful, but the fact they happened at all suggests that parliament's guerrilla war against the government has started. And it seems to be winning. We've been in a weird constitutional spot since ...

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Trump willing to deal on China TRUMP WILLING TO DEAL ON CHINA

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Jan 09, 2019

Last night Parliament backed an amendment to the Finance Bill, which would limit the scope for tax changes following a no deal Brexit unless authorized by MPs. Today starts five days of Brexit debate before a vote on the Prime Minister’s deal next Tuesday. Nothing has changed in the past 24 ho...

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Whether it’s Brexit or Zionism – going it alone makes little sense WHETHER IT’S BREXIT OR ZIONISM – GOING IT ALONE MAKES LITTLE SENSE

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Jan 09, 2019

Two issues have dominated the UK over the last twelve months: Brexit and antisemitism in the Labour Party. The politics of both debates turn out to have much in common. Conflicting national narratives; opposing notions of self-determination; a complex question presented as having a simple solution; ...

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How the government shutdown impacts the confectionery industry HOW THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IMPACTS THE CONFECTIONERY INDUSTRY

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Jan 09, 2019

The thing about a government shutdown is that it’s like a bad breakup you don’t realize how much your ex-girlfriend was really doing for you until she’s gone.  As we slog through the second-longest government shutdown in history (so far), it’s becoming increasingly clear...

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The two problems with Dominic Grieve’s Brexit amendment THE TWO PROBLEMS WITH DOMINIC GRIEVE’S BREXIT AMENDMENT

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Jan 09, 2019

Another day, another defeat for the government this time on Dominic Grieve’s amendment, which requires Theresa May to set out within three sitting days what she’ll do next if the meaningful vote doesn’t pass. The significance of this is that Grieve thinks that the motion the govern...

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Record Numbers Of Illegal Alien Families Are Crossing the Border As Shutdown Drags On RECORD NUMBERS OF ILLEGAL ALIEN FAMILIES ARE CROSSING THE BORDER AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON

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Jan 09, 2019

Border agents are apprehending record numbers of illegal aliens at the Southwest U.S. border, even as President Trump goes head-to-head with Democrats over funding for a border wall amid a partial government shutdown. USA Today reports U.S. Customs and Border Protection caught a record 27,518 member...

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Psychology Can Help You Get Your Head Around the Wall Debate PSYCHOLOGY CAN HELP YOU GET YOUR HEAD AROUND THE WALL DEBATE

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Jan 09, 2019

Walls, barriers, borders, and boundaries all serve strong emotional functions deep in our psyche, which may explain why they arouse such passion. Whether President Trump will eventually get his border wall, or how much of it he already has, diverts attention away from the fact that one of the most s...

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Trump’s shutdown could wear out his welcome in the Senate once and for all TRUMP’S SHUTDOWN COULD WEAR OUT HIS WELCOME IN THE SENATE ONCE AND FOR ALL

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Jan 09, 2019

Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) has joined three other Republican Senators Thom Tillis (NC), Susan Collins (ME), and Cory Gardner (CO) to call for an end to the ongoing partial shutdown. These party defections illustrate that the longer Trump lets the shutdown go on, the more dangerous it gets for him. ...

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Thornberry Votes Against House Funding Bill, as Federal Shutdown Continues THORNBERRY VOTES AGAINST HOUSE FUNDING BILL, AS FEDERAL SHUTDOWN CONTINUES

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Jan 09, 2019

On Wednesday, Representative Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) joined a Republican minority in voting against an appropriations bill to fund some shuttered agencies affected by the federal government shutdown. In a 240-188 vote, the House passed a bill to fund some agencies affected by the federal govern...

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Consequences for Construction as Federal Government Remains Partially Shuttered CONSEQUENCES FOR CONSTRUCTION AS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REMAINS PARTIALLY SHUTTERED

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Jan 09, 2019

The government shutdown in Washington continues for a nineteenth day today, with both sides as dug in as ever over funding for a proposed physical barrier along the international boundary with Mexico. The politics of it are straightforward. Here’s what the news agency Politico says about it th...

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Port of Seattle reacts to partial government shutdown PORT OF SEATTLE REACTS TO PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Jan 09, 2019

Safety and security are the top priorities at the Port of Seattle. The Port relies heavily on federal partners including Transportation Security Administration officers for security screening, U.S. Customs, and Border Protection officers for customs processing and Federal Aviation Administration air...

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TSA officers continue work through government shutdown, with pay in question TSA OFFICERS CONTINUE WORK THROUGH GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, WITH PAY IN QUESTION

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Jan 09, 2019

Thousands of Transportation Security Administration officers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are continuing to work without pay through the federal shutdown. But the agency acknowledged there has been an increase in the number of unscheduled absences among the TSA workforce of more than ...

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New laws allow military, families to keep Florida professional licenses NEW LAWS ALLOW MILITARY, FAMILIES TO KEEP FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

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Jan 09, 2019

New laws have allowed hundreds of soldiers and veterans to maintain their professional licenses in Florida even as deployments sent them overseas, according to state officials. G.W. Harrell, executive director of the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, told state representative...

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The government shutdown is catastrophic for US cybersecurity THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IS CATASTROPHIC FOR US CYBERSECURITY

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Jan 09, 2019

The current US government shutdown is doing serious damage to the US cybersecurity apparatus, but the longer-term impact could be even worse. If you’ve paid any attention to the news in the US lately it’s hard to ignore the massive government shutdown currently taking place. Case in poin...

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Pence Ahead of Trump PENCE AHEAD OF TRUMP'S ADDRESS TO NATION: THE PRESIDENT IS ‘PREPARED TO DO WHAT’S NECESSARY’

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Jan 08, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence in a series of interviews aired Tuesday morning ahead of President Trump’s Address to the Nation said that the president is prepared to do what’s necessary to address “what the American people view as a humanitarian and genuine crisis at our southern borde...

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The President Is Still Subject to Generally Applicable Criminal Laws: A Response to Barr and Goldsmith THE PRESIDENT IS STILL SUBJECT TO GENERALLY APPLICABLE CRIMINAL LAWS: A RESPONSE TO BARR AND GOLDSMITH

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Jan 08, 2019

In an op-ed in the New York Times and a post on Lawfare, we criticized President Trump’s nominee to be the next attorney general, William Barr, for a memo he sent to Trump administration officials last June arguing that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not be allowed to “interrogate...

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The National Vetting Enterprise: Artificial Intelligence and Immigration Enforcement THE NATIONAL VETTING ENTERPRISE: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

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Jan 08, 2019

In May 2018, facing widespread outrage, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) backed away from a proposal for machine learning technology to monitor immigrants continuously. Instead, the department reimagined the vendor solicitation as a labor contract: Months later, in August, it awarded Genera...

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Democrats demand air time to counter Trump DEMOCRATS DEMAND AIR TIME TO COUNTER TRUMP'S BORDER SPEECH

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Jan 07, 2019

Democratic leaders are demanding "equal airtime" for a response to President Trump's address planned for Tuesday night. “Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and ...

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Dem senator pitches wall funding in exchange for immigration vote DEM SENATOR PITCHES WALL FUNDING IN EXCHANGE FOR IMMIGRATION VOTE

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Jan 07, 2019

A growing number of senators are pitching a deal on immigration reform as they search for a way out of the partial shutdown, which is currently on its 17th day. Manchin raised the 2013 immigration bill during a closed-door Senate Democrats meeting last week.  But adding immigration negotiations...

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Recounting Democracy in Missouri’s 114th Legislative District RECOUNTING DEMOCRACY IN MISSOURI’S 114TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

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Jan 07, 2019

Election finagling is really very rare in the United States. President Trump’s various claims of millions of illegal votes stolen, illegally cast, added, or re-apportioned in 2016 are simply silly. Sore losers I’ve heard of, but a sore winner? There are occasions, though, where exception...

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Praying for an end to the government shutdown PRAYING FOR AN END TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Jan 07, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence insisted on beginning the first meeting with a prayer, so the chief of staff to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, asked God to “to bring us together” when negotiators met Saturday in Mr. Pence’s ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Offi...

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Nightmare: The U.S. Navy Fears This Submarine Could Sink Its Aircraft Carriers NIGHTMARE: THE U.S. NAVY FEARS THIS SUBMARINE COULD SINK ITS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

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Jan 07, 2019

At just 1,600 tons submerged, the three Gotland class boats are smaller than many diesel-electric submarines, but Sweden has little use for large submarines in the restricted confines of the Gulf of Bothnia and Baltic Sea. One of the most crucial improvements in submarines of the postwar era is the ...

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There is No Military Victory in Afghanistan THERE IS NO MILITARY VICTORY IN AFGHANISTAN

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Jan 07, 2019

Donald Trump wants to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. In July he decided to begin negotiations with the Taliban and he is now considering plans to withdraw seven thousand troops, half of the U.S. force in the country. The president is right to seek an end to this lost war, but we should be under...

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The Tetherball Effect: How Efforts to Stop Migration Backfire THE TETHERBALL EFFECT: HOW EFFORTS TO STOP MIGRATION BACKFIRE

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Jan 07, 2019

Fears of Central American caravans and Saharan smugglers keep European and U.S. leaders up at night. Desperate to manage migration, they turn to short-term fixes, which include blocking borders and supporting authoritarian leaders to contain people their own citizens and others before they get close...

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Declaring an Emergency to Build a Border Wall: The Statutory Arguments DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO BUILD A BORDER WALL: THE STATUTORY ARGUMENTS

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Jan 07, 2019

As the government shutdown drags on, President Trump has made multiple statements hinting that, if Congress refuses to appropriate $5.6 billion in new appropriations to fund a wall along the southern border, he will declare a national emergency in order to access existing Pentagon funds for the effo...

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TRUMP TO VISIT MEXICAN BORDER AS WHITE HOUSE PUSHES FOR SECURITY FUNDING TRUMP TO VISIT MEXICAN BORDER AS WHITE HOUSE PUSHES FOR SECURITY FUNDING

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Jan 07, 2019

The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump would take his fight for extra money to deal with illegal immigration to the border with Mexico on Thursday, as negotiations between top officials and lawmakers in Congress seem to have produced little headway in a dispute that has created...

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Learning from Trump’s Syria debacle—What Congress can do LEARNING FROM TRUMP’S SYRIA DEBACLE—WHAT CONGRESS CAN DO

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Jan 07, 2019

All presidents have the right to make mistakes, and one man’s error is often another’s smart policy call. But the capricious, impulsive way in which President Donald Trump chose to pull the plug quickly on several tens of thousands of Kurdish allies of the United States who have been ris...

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It’s time to think the unthinkable on Brexit IT’S TIME TO THINK THE UNTHINKABLE ON BREXIT

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Jan 07, 2019

Make no mistake, Britain is on the brink. This week Parliament will re-start the debate on the Prime Minister’s Brexit Deal, having lost a month. In all likelihood, the House of Commons will vote down a deal that deserves to be defeated. Parliament is deadlocked. Our country is bitterly divide...

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The world in 2019: China, Russia and Iran sprint ahead THE WORLD IN 2019: CHINA, RUSSIA AND IRAN SPRINT AHEAD

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Jan 04, 2019

The last few years have been nothing if not eventful on the global stage. Fortunately, there have been, no new major conflicts in the vein of those such as Syria and Ukraine, with the former having moved into its endgame stage, and the latter remains a finely-balanced, intractable conflict in which ...

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The Green Room, Spectator USA’s Life & Arts podcast: Anarchy and Empire with Robert Kaplan THE GREEN ROOM, SPECTATOR USA’S LIFE & ARTS PODCAST: ANARCHY AND EMPIRE WITH ROBERT KAPLAN

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Jan 04, 2019

This week, I’m casting the pod with author and foreign policy analyst Robert Kaplan. At the end of the Cold War, the United States was both the most powerful country in history and without a challenger. Since then, however, America’s reach in foreign policy has consistently exceeded the ...

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How to shut down future shutdowns HOW TO SHUT DOWN FUTURE SHUTDOWNS

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Jan 03, 2019

As the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its 13th day, the stakes are rising.  Shutdowns have numerous negative economic and political effects, but they can be avoided through a simple mechanism, even if the government does not enact a budget. There are two types of federal spen...

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You Might Not Get Your Tax Refund if the Government Stays Shut Down YOU MIGHT NOT GET YOUR TAX REFUND IF THE GOVERNMENT STAYS SHUT DOWN

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Jan 03, 2019

Most Americans have been shielded from the effects of the so-called government shutdown. Post offices continue to run; the federal drug war rages on; the regulatory state thrives. If the shutdown continues through tax season, though, it could have a very serious impact indeed. Though the government ...

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The Trump Administration Has Issued the Fewest New Regulations In Decades. Does That Matter? THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ISSUED THE FEWEST NEW REGULATIONS IN DECADES. DOES THAT MATTER?

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Jan 03, 2019

Donald Trump ran for president promising to slash red tape and deregulate the American economy. According to some recent headlines in conservative media, he's been wildly successful. "Trump issues fewest regulations ever," reads the headline from The Washington Examiner. "Trump Ad...

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Neocons Rage: International (And Domestic) Support for Trump’s Syria Pullout NEOCONS RAGE: INTERNATIONAL (AND DOMESTIC) SUPPORT FOR TRUMP’S SYRIA PULLOUT

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Jan 03, 2019

The mainstream press coverage of President Trump’s announcement that he would be removing US troops from Syria has been unanimously apocalyptic. Journos who until a few days ago couldn’t care less about the Kurds (certainly not when US president after US president has used them like a ca...

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President Trump’s Tax Cuts Have Been A Win For Small Business PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TAX CUTS HAVE BEEN A WIN FOR SMALL BUSINESS

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Jan 03, 2019

As the co-owner of a rock climbing gym, Andrew Kratz is always reaching for even higher goals. This year he and his partners opened Triangle Rock Club’s fourth location, the first outside their home state of North Carolina, and announced plans for a fifth an expansion that got off the ground t...

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President Trump Demands A Wall Just Like Australia’s PRESIDENT TRUMP DEMANDS A WALL JUST LIKE AUSTRALIA’S

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Jan 03, 2019

Washington DC- President Trump called a press conference today and restated his position about shutting down the federal government because he didn’t get the funding for his border wall. Addressing the room full of reporters he said, “America the big. America the beautiful. America needs...

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Trump threatens vetoes as House passes bills to end partial shutdown TRUMP THREATENS VETOES AS HOUSE PASSES BILLS TO END PARTIAL SHUTDOWN

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Jan 03, 2019

With no signs of any agreement to end a funding lapse for part of the federal government which began on December 22, Democrats in the House on Thursday night approved a pair of funding plans to re-open a series of federal departments and agencies, drawing an immediate veto threat from President Dona...

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Trump must not give up momentum on the border wall TRUMP MUST NOT GIVE UP MOMENTUM ON THE BORDER WALL

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Jan 03, 2019

The illustrious David Mamet wrote, "When the three branches of government have failed to represent the citizenry and the mass of the media has failed to represent the citizenry, then the citizenry better represent the citizenry."  We are now at that point. The people elected Donald Tr...

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Congress Sends Trump a Bill Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking CONGRESS SENDS TRUMP A BILL PROMOTING EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING

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Jan 02, 2019

In one of its last acts affecting the education sphere, the outgoing 115th Congress approved a bill designed to promote the better use of federal data, research, and evaluations when the policy is being made. On Dec. 21, federal lawmakers sent the Foundations for Evidenced-Based Policymaking Act of ...

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As the 115th Congress Ends, Here Are the Important Civil Rights Battles We AS THE 115TH CONGRESS ENDS, HERE ARE THE IMPORTANT CIVIL RIGHTS BATTLES WE'VE WON

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Jan 02, 2019

The past two years have been challenging times, as we have witnessed attacks on our shared values and civil rights from the Trump White House and a Republican-dominated Congress. It can sometimes feel difficult to make change happen, but even in this hostile climate, ACLU activists helped drive key ...

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Nationalisation isn’t the solution to fixing Britain’s railways NATIONALISATION ISN’T THE SOLUTION TO FIXING BRITAIN’S RAILWAYS

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Jan 02, 2019

It’s the New Year, which must mean that railway fares are up again this time by an average of 3.1 percent. Jeremy Corbyn has said the latest price hike is a ‘disgrace’, and commuters forced to shell out more for their journeys are likely to agree. No one not even Chris Grayling is ...

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White House Press Office Gives Up Trying to Explain Trump WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE GIVES UP TRYING TO EXPLAIN TRUMP

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Jan 02, 2019

For the first few months of the Trump administration, Sean Spicer held almost daily press briefings. When Sarah Huckabee Sanders took over, she continued that practice for a while, but now it’s only a handful of times a month if that. And now the Washington Post reports that the White House pr...

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Trump administration sets record for fewest number of regulations TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SETS RECORD FOR FEWEST NUMBER OF REGULATIONS

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Jan 02, 2019

An undeniable success of the Trump administration has been a radical altering of the mindset of federal agencies when it comes to creating new regulations. Trump's executive order at the beginning of his term that stated for every one regulation created, two must be repealed, has worked like a c...

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Government shutdown exposes redundancy in Washington GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN EXPOSES REDUNDANCY IN WASHINGTON

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Jan 02, 2019

The partial government shutdown goes on with little hope of resolution. Democrats want to test Donald Trump's resolve on border wall funding by proposing a plan to reopen the government without any money for a wall. With Trump having gone this far, you would think he'll maintain his position...

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Shutdown, Drilling and Coal: The Trump Administration’s Holiday Gifts to the World SHUTDOWN, DRILLING AND COAL: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S HOLIDAY GIFTS TO THE WORLD

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Jan 02, 2019

President Trump didn’t exactly lie low over the holidays. The battle over border-wall funding and the announced departures of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stole most of the headlines, but they were hardly the only events of the Trump administration’s Chr...

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115TH CONGRESS WRAPS UP AMID PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN 115TH CONGRESS WRAPS UP AMID PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Jan 02, 2019

As dozens of new lawmakers arrive in Washington, D.C. to start their jobs as members of the House and Senate on Thursday, the 115th Congress is limping to a messy adjournment scenario, with GOP leaders unable to find a solution to end a partial government shutdown, leaving the budget battle over Pre...

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Congress in 2019: What’s ahead for tax and fiscal policy? CONGRESS IN 2019: WHAT’S AHEAD FOR TAX AND FISCAL POLICY?

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Jan 01, 2019

The return of divided government and the early stages of the next presidential election create enormous uncertainty about how 2019 will go. As Yogi Berra (among others) once said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” In the case of federal tax and budget policy, this means that l...

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Union representing federal employees sues the government over shutdown UNION REPRESENTING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SUES THE GOVERNMENT OVER SHUTDOWN

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Jan 01, 2019

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has filed a complaint in federal court seeking damages for the nearly 400,000 federal employees who are working without pay during the shutdown. The two plaintiffs Justin Tarovisky and Grayson Sharp work for high-security prisons the Justice Dep...

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Congress in 2019: Five things to watch for in the budget battles to come CONGRESS IN 2019: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR IN THE BUDGET BATTLES TO COME

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Dec 27, 2018

Congress ended 2018 with high budget drama. When the House and Senate convene for the 116th Congress in January, Democrats will control the former and Republicans the latter in what many have argued will be a recipe for legislative gridlock. In addition to cleaning up unfinished work from 2018, Cong...

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Is there a glimmer of hope for the INF Treaty? IS THERE A GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR THE INF TREATY?

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Dec 27, 2018

On December 21, the United Nations General Assembly voted down a Russian-proposed resolution calling for support for the INF Treaty. That Moscow gambit failed, in large part because Russia is violating the treaty by deploying prohibited missiles. This bit of diplomatic show came one week after Russi...

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When talking about ‘government shutdown’ remember that 19 million public employees cost taxpayers $1 trillion every year WHEN TALKING ABOUT ‘GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN’ REMEMBER THAT 19 MILLION PUBLIC EMPLOYEES COST TAXPAYERS $1 TRILLION EVERY YEAR

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Dec 27, 2018

About 19 million public employees cost taxpayers nearly $1 trillion annually. That’s according to OpenTheBooks.com, which publishes the salaries of public employees from every level of U.S. government. The online database is free and accessible to the public. “Public service is supposed ...

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Morning Consult poll shows Donald Trump with lowest approval rating of presidency amid shutdown MORNING CONSULT POLL SHOWS DONALD TRUMP WITH LOWEST APPROVAL RATING OF PRESIDENCY AMID SHUTDOWN

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Dec 27, 2018

President Donald Trump is pitching the public on the need to partially shut down the government to force funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. According to polling firm Morning Consult, Trump is losing that argument. The newest survey from the group has Trump with a 39 percent approval ra...

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND HOW IT AFFECTS MISSISSIPPI GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND HOW IT AFFECTS MISSISSIPPI

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Dec 27, 2018

Mississippians and congressional leaders are reacting to a federal government's shutdown and how it might interrupt services in the state. MPB's Ashley Norwood reports. In this sixth day of a partial government shutdown, the Vicksburg National Military Park is open for business. The federal ...

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Could the withdrawal of US troops make the Afghan war worse? COULD THE WITHDRAWAL OF US TROOPS MAKE THE AFGHAN WAR WORSE?

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Dec 27, 2018

President Donald Trump’s shocking announcement that he was first withdrawing troops from Syria, and then Afghanistan, has drawn almost compete for outrage from the mainstream media. US Defense Secretary, James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis more or less resigned in protest. The Guardian called M...

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What does the British government know about Trump and Russia? WHAT DOES THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT KNOW ABOUT TRUMP AND RUSSIA?

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Dec 26, 2018

When the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu visited London in 1978, the British government did some serious sucking up. Ceausescu was an egomaniac and possibly crazy. When he went hunting outside Bucharest, his body-guards shot game with machine guns so he could be photographed at the end of the da...

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Will Trump’s Stubborn Demand for Wall Funding Keep the Government Shut Down Forever? WILL TRUMP’S STUBBORN DEMAND FOR WALL FUNDING KEEP THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN FOREVER?

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Dec 26, 2018

President Donald Trump is declaring that the federal government shutdown will last until he gets $5 billion for his border wall."I can't tell you when the government is going to be open," Trump told reporters on Christmas. "I can tell you, it's not going to be open until we ha...

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Why Donald Trump Needs a Realist Secretary of Defense WHY DONALD TRUMP NEEDS A REALIST SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

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Dec 26, 2018

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a good man and a patriot who has served his country with distinction. President Trump was right, however, in asking for his resignation because Mattis represents the Washington foreign-policy establishment that has mindlessly kept the U.S. military involved in un...

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The One Reason America Can THE ONE REASON AMERICA CAN'T POLICE THE WORLD ANYMORE: WASHINGTON IS BROKE

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Dec 26, 2018

The annual budget battle is at its peak and Washington continues to flaunt its remarkable dysfunction. This fiscal irresponsibility affects more than domestic programs. In the coming years, it is likely to drive U.S. foreign and military policy. The U.S. government has no more important duty than de...

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Congress in 2019: A vital check on presidential power CONGRESS IN 2019: A VITAL CHECK ON PRESIDENTIAL POWER

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Dec 26, 2018

A number of Democrats, including many of those newly elected in competitive districts, are wary of making the corruption of President Trump the focus of their party’s activities in the new Congress.  Their campaigns were about health care and good jobs, about countering wealthy special in...

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On China, Trump should channel his inner Henry Kissinger ON CHINA, TRUMP SHOULD CHANNEL HIS INNER HENRY KISSINGER

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Dec 25, 2018

If China and the United States had Facebook accounts, their relationship status would be, “It’s complicated.” And it’s gotten more complicated with the sudden resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, someone the Chinese admired, though they often disagreed. But just becau...

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EUREKAHEDGE: A ROUGH TIME FOR THE EUROPEAN MANDATE FUNDS EUREKAHEDGE: A ROUGH TIME FOR THE EUROPEAN MANDATE FUNDS

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Dec 25, 2018

European hedge fund managers continue to suffer from the uncertainties of the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the EU. The latest report from Eurekahedge says that European hedge funds have posted losses in eight of the first eleven months of 2018. They haven’t been in the positive n...

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Mick Mulvaney’s bluffs may be finally catching up with him MICK MULVANEY’S BLUFFS MAY BE FINALLY CATCHING UP WITH HIM

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Dec 25, 2018

Days before Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, then-Rep. Mick Mulvaney limited his endorsement of the GOP nominee. “Yes, I’m supporting Donald Trump,” he told a campaign debate audience. “I’m doing so as enthusiastically as I can, given the fact that I think he...

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Trump: Government Will Stay Shut Until Congress Funds His Wall TRUMP: GOVERNMENT WILL STAY SHUT UNTIL CONGRESS FUNDS HIS WALL

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Dec 25, 2018

In a brief Christmas Day session with reporters in the Oval Office, President Trump said the federal government will remain shut until Congress agrees to fund his proposed border wall. “I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen,” he said during a photo op of his holid...

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Rep. John Katko REP. JOHN KATKO 'INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED' AS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN BEGINS

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Dec 24, 2018

With the third government shutdown of the year, U.S. Rep. John Katko expressed disappointment Saturday that Congress didn't avoid this scenario. The partial shutdown began at midnight Saturday. Nine of 15 federal agencies are affected by the shutdown, which will likely last until after Christmas...

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Trump, Erdogan Agree to Coordinate U.S. Pullout From Syria TRUMP, ERDOGAN AGREE TO COORDINATE U.S. PULLOUT FROM SYRIA

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Dec 24, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump says Turkey will eliminate the rest of the Islamic State militants in Syria after the U.S. military withdraws its forces. In a tweet late Sunday, Trump said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "has strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of IS...

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