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Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China WHY TRUMP’S INDO-PACIFIC CONCEPT CANNOT BE A STRATEGY TO COUNTER CHINA

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Nov 16, 2018

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia. The concept was officially presented in D...

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The Case for Reshaping U.S.-Turkey Relations THE CASE FOR RESHAPING U.S.-TURKEY RELATIONS

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Nov 15, 2018

When Andrew Brunson, the North Carolinian pastor, was released from Turkish custody in October, President Donald J. Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to “good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey.” The administration then subsequently lifted sanctions ...

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'YOU WIN OR YOU DIE': NOT A MODEL FOR A SANCTIONS REGIME

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Nov 15, 2018

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I brought together world leaders in a show of unity and remembrance yet instead of highlighting solidarity, European heads of state expressed fear of conflict and disunity among the allies. It’s doubtful any of those concerns have been allayed in t...

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We got the government to reverse its longtime policy to get Silicon Valley diversity data WE GOT THE GOVERNMENT TO REVERSE ITS LONGTIME POLICY TO GET SILICON VALLEY DIVERSITY DATA

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Nov 15, 2018

Federal labor officials have decided to reverse their longtime policy and release diversity numbers for government contractors such as Oracle and Palantir Technologies in response to a lawsuit filed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Reveal submitted Freedom of Information Act re...

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The Outgoing Congress Shouldn’t Reward Trump With More Homeland Security Funding THE OUTGOING CONGRESS SHOULDN’T REWARD TRUMP WITH MORE HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING

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Nov 14, 2018

Before Dec. 7, Congress will have to make a decision: Will they reward the department responsible for family separation, jailing immigrants, raids on communities of color, and abuses at the border by increasing their budget? Or will they stand up and rein in Trump’s detention and deportation f...

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The Trump Administration Can Make the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Idea Work in Southeast Asia with Vietnam as a Model THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAN MAKE THE FREE AND OPEN INDO-PACIFIC IDEA WORK IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH VIETNAM AS A MODEL

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Nov 14, 2018

For many Southeast Asian states, the Trump White House’s new strategy for the region, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, is a hard idea to sell at least right now. The strategy vows to promote a rules-based security and economic order in Asia, while also encouraging closer cooperation amo...

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EU commissioner warns of retaliation if Trump imposes tariffs on cars EU COMMISSIONER WARNS OF RETALIATION IF TRUMP IMPOSES TARIFFS ON CARS

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Nov 14, 2018

The European Union’s trade commissioner said on Wednesday that the EU would respond if President Trump decides to slap tariffs on European cars. “Then we will hit back, we can very quickly put together a long list of countermeasures that conform to World Trade Organization rules,” ...

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The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy THE APPRENTICE: TRUMP, RUSSIA AND THE SUBVERSION OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

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Nov 14, 2018

Greg Miller has written a credible, comprehensive and up-to-date account of Russian interference in the 2016 election and the subsequent turbulence still grabbing headlines in U.S. media every day. Some have called Russia’s meddling the political crime of the century. The investigation into th...

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Gillum calls out Trump, Scott for undermining democracy in Florida recount GILLUM CALLS OUT TRUMP, SCOTT FOR UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY IN FLORIDA RECOUNT

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Nov 14, 2018

Out of Florida's three major election recounts, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum probably has the least amount of hope in prevailing over his opponent.  As of Wednesday afternoon, he still trailed behind Republican nominee Ron DeSantis by some 33,684 votes a margin likely to...

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Senate should reject Trump’s radical nominee to key energy panel SENATE SHOULD REJECT TRUMP’S RADICAL NOMINEE TO KEY ENERGY PANEL

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Nov 14, 2018

Another day, another maneuver by the Trump administration to grab power for greedy corporate interests and line its supporters’ pockets. If President Trump has his way, Bernard McNamee - his nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) could serve to carve out another safe haven ...

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Looking for an Off-Ramp for Venezuela LOOKING FOR AN OFF-RAMP FOR VENEZUELA

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Nov 14, 2018

The United States and most of the rest of the Western Hemisphere are increasing of one mind on Venezuela, if on nothing else. The Nicolas Maduro regime in Caracas has lost legitimacy, devolved into dictatorship and has to go. There is no consensus on how to make that happen, but nearly all of the re...

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CNN sues Trump administration, demands Acosta’s press pass be restored CNN SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, DEMANDS ACOSTA’S PRESS PASS BE RESTORED

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Nov 13, 2018

CNN on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump demanding that White House security credentials be returned to correspondent Jim Acosta. The White House revoked Acosta’s credentials after a testy exchange with the president during a news conference last week. Acosta repeatedly pu...

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A permanent solution to voter fraud A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO VOTER FRAUD

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Nov 13, 2018

We are told on a daily basis of all the technology in use or development to track us in order to make us safer, such as facial recognition, license plate scanners, even down to how we walk.  None of us have a choice in whether we want to participate in this data collection or not, our faces are...

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Trump’s Asia Policy is Mostly About China TRUMP’S ASIA POLICY IS MOSTLY ABOUT CHINA

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Nov 13, 2018

Nearly two years on, the Asia policy of US President Donald J. Trump’s administration is beginning to take shape. With the exception of its attempt to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, it is mostly about China, or more accurately, what other countries can do to help it win its st...

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Latino voters took on Trump’s fear-mongering, and we won LATINO VOTERS TOOK ON TRUMP’S FEAR-MONGERING, AND WE WON

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Nov 13, 2018

On Nov. 6, voters like Yolanyelis Torres and Emily Chabla shifted the balance of power in this country. Yolande is is a young, stay-at-home mother with five children. She lives in Allentown, Pa., and wants her kids to have a better life than she did. Emily, the U.S. born daughter of immigrants from ...

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Big business buys back billions of debt BIG BUSINESS BUYS BACK BILLIONS OF DEBT

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Nov 13, 2018

Two of the biggest corporate borrowers in America are preparing to buy back billions of their own debt as they reorganize operations, in an environment that includes reduced federal tax deductions on interest payments, and uncertain demand for industrial products amid the U.S. trade fight with China...

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It’s Time to Start Thinking About Election Security in 2020 IT’S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT ELECTION SECURITY IN 2020

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Nov 13, 2018

Those hoping for some peace and quiet after the conclusion of the contentious 2018 midterm elections have been sorely disappointed. As absentee ballots continued to trickle in across Georgia and Arizona, and as Florida braces for a recount of both its senatorial and gubernatorial  races, severa...

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Senate Should Move Forward with Confirmation Votes on Buerkle, Others SENATE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH CONFIRMATION VOTES ON BUERKLE, OTHERS

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Nov 13, 2018

With the 2018 election behind us, it’s time to look for opportunities to advance freedom and economic well-being. I don't expect much to happen congressionally given the divided chambers, but that does not mean policy changes can’t happen administratively within federal agencies and ...

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National Labor Relations Board Member Cleared of Ethics Conflict NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD MEMBER CLEARED OF ETHICS CONFLICT

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Nov 13, 2018

Republican appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have become the target of an ongoing campaign by Democrats to silence their voices and ability to administer the law. Since Republicans took a majority at the NLRB, Democrats have been trying to manipulate ethics rules to pressure Re...

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The Fifty-Cent Fix for the Air Force’s Broken $1,200 Coffee Cups THE FIFTY-CENT FIX FOR THE AIR FORCE’S BROKEN $1,200 COFFEE CUPS

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Nov 12, 2018

The story of how the Air Force found a fifty-cent fix for its broken $1,200+ coffee cups is one for the “you’ve got to be kidding me” section in the volumes of examples for how the U.S. government manages to waste such massive amounts of money each year. That story begins in the su...

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The U.S. Drone War in Pakistan Revisited THE U.S. DRONE WAR IN PAKISTAN REVISITED

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Nov 11, 2018

Many analysts, practitioners, and scholars are skeptical of the efficacy of drone strikes for counterterrorism, suggesting that they provide short-term gains at best and are counterproductive at worst. However, despite how widespread these views are, reliable evidence on the consequences of drone st...

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The fate of the World Bank during a divided US government THE FATE OF THE WORLD BANK DURING A DIVIDED US GOVERNMENT

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Nov 07, 2018

In its first two years, the Trump administration has not paid much attention to the World Bank. Recent research suggests that this will change now that Republicans have lost control in the House of Representatives in this week’s midterm elections. To obtain new bilateral aid or to change the u...

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Government asks Supreme Court to shut down DACA GOVERNMENT ASKS SUPREME COURT TO SHUT DOWN DACA

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Nov 06, 2018

Blocked by three lower-court orders from shutting down the six-year-old “DACA” program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from being deported, the Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court on Monday to end the program and to do so in the Court’s current term. The &ldqu...

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This Congress cut through the noise and look at the results THIS CONGRESS CUT THROUGH THE NOISE AND LOOK AT THE RESULTS

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Nov 02, 2018

Recently in Washington, disruption has been the name of the game. We’ve witnessed protesters climbing statues, disobeying police, screaming at senators in elevators, and chasing them and their wives from restaurants. Amidst the wall-to-wall media coverage of the chaos and divisiveness, one imp...

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Can Trump End Birthright Citizenship with an Executive Order? CAN TRUMP END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER?

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Nov 01, 2018

Just in time for the midterm election, President Trump has reignited a debate over birthright citizenship. In an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan for the news outlets’ new HBO series, Mr. Trump said he was considering issuing an executive order ending the practice in which children of...

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A proposed change to federal immigration rule could cost Florida hundreds of millions A PROPOSED CHANGE TO FEDERAL IMMIGRATION RULE COULD COST FLORIDA HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS

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Nov 01, 2018

How rich do you have to be to immigrate to the U.S. and be able to stay? How about to Florida? These are the questions the nonprofit policy analysis group Florida Policy Institute is asking the Department of Homeland Security after the agency proposed a change to a federal immigration rule that coul...

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RIP INF: The end of a landmark treaty RIP INF: THE END OF A LANDMARK TREATY

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Nov 01, 2018

President Donald Trump announced at a campaign rally on October 20 that the United States would withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. During his October 22–23 visit to Moscow, National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed that the president intended to withdraw fr...

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Trump rallies GOP faithful for Scott, DeSantis in South Florida TRUMP RALLIES GOP FAITHFUL FOR SCOTT, DESANTIS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

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Nov 01, 2018

James Fahnestock stood in the blazing sun for more than five hours Wednesday while awaiting his first opportunity to see his hero, President Donald Trump, live and in person. Fahnestock’s red “Make America Great Again” cap did little to protect him from the heat, but the sweltering...

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Elizabeth Warren Challenges Trump ELIZABETH WARREN CHALLENGES TRUMP'S PROTECTIONIST TARIFFS FOR NOT BEING PROTECTIONIST ENOUGH

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Nov 01, 2018

Artificially hiking the price of steel and aluminum is bad enough, but one of the really galling parts of the Trump administration's tariff policy is the Commerce Department's process for determining which businesses are exempt from paying these import taxes. As I've written before, the ...

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Voting in local elections impacts life and death: A case study in Washington, DC VOTING IN LOCAL ELECTIONS IMPACTS LIFE AND DEATH: A CASE STUDY IN WASHINGTON, DC

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Oct 31, 2018

A paradox of the U.S. federal political system is that voters say national political issues are too remote from their daily lives, yet voter turnout is much higher for national elections than purely local ones. Local elected officials mayors and city councilors, county supervisors and school board m...

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Court rules Ohio must count some provisional ballots for voters purged from rolls COURT RULES OHIO MUST COUNT SOME PROVISIONAL BALLOTS FOR VOTERS PURGED FROM ROLLS

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Oct 31, 2018

A federal appeals court is ruling that the Ohio boards of elections must count provisional ballots in this year's midterm elections for certain individuals who were previously purged from the voter rolls. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on Wednesday...

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President Trump can cause great pain in the area of citizenship by birth even without an amendment PRESIDENT TRUMP CAN CAUSE GREAT PAIN IN THE AREA OF CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH EVEN WITHOUT AN AMENDMENT

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Oct 31, 2018

President Donald Trump’s recent comments on ending the right of citizenship by birth through executive order were met with swift condemnation from anybody who knows anything about the Constitution of the United States, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). However, given the arguable eff...

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The Chaos of Trump’s Would-be Birthright Citizenship Order THE CHAOS OF TRUMP’S WOULD-BE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ORDER

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Oct 30, 2018

In an interview with Axios released on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 30, President Trump indicated plans to sign an executive order revoking birthright citizenship returning to a proposal he floated early in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Within hours, Vice President Mike Pence told Politi...

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Trump Administration is Illegally Turning Away Asylum Seekers TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ILLEGALLY TURNING AWAY ASYLUM SEEKERS

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Oct 30, 2018

When President Trump announced on Monday that he planned to send some 5,000 military troops to fortify the southern border, even his supporters were quick to dismiss this as a political stunt. A convoy of migrants, many of whom are families with young children fleeing violence, is not a threat to th...

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The Khashoggi Affair is Complicating Trump THE KHASHOGGI AFFAIR IS COMPLICATING TRUMP'S SYRIA POLICY

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Oct 30, 2018

U.S. and Turkish forces trained throughout October to begin joint patrols near the town of Manbij, in northern Syria. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said on October 21 that the patrols would begin soon. The next day General Votel arrived in Tanf, the U.S. base in the deso...

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VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT TRUMP IN COLOMBIA AT THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT TRUMP IN COLOMBIA AT THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER

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Oct 30, 2018

The date is stopped: this is the 2nd of December and we are in the process of refining the program, but the visit is confirmed”, he said during a press conference in Bogota. Mr. Trujillo said that Donald Trump would be going to Bogota after having participated in the G20 summit, scheduled from...

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Bill calls on U.S. to transfer Government risks to private sector capital BILL CALLS ON U.S. TO TRANSFER GOVERNMENT RISKS TO PRIVATE SECTOR CAPITAL

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Oct 29, 2018

A piece of legislation that is passing through the U.S. government houses at the moment calls on the United States government to be more proactive in transferring insurance related risks from federal programs to the private market. H.R. 5381, also known as the “Government Risk and Taxpayer Exp...

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U.S. Citizen, Detained Without Charge by Trump Administration for a Year, Is Finally Free U.S. CITIZEN, DETAINED WITHOUT CHARGE BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR A YEAR, IS FINALLY FREE

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Oct 29, 2018

An American illegally detained in Iraq by the U.S. military for more than a year has finally won his freedom. On Sunday, after a long court battle, the Trump administration let our client go. Under a settlement agreement, he was released in a third country, where he will once again be a free man. Pa...

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Race for the Senate 2018: Key issues in Indiana RACE FOR THE SENATE 2018: KEY ISSUES IN INDIANA

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Oct 29, 2018

For several years, the 2018 Indiana Senate race appeared to be tantalizingly low-hanging fruit to national Republicans. Why should Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, represent ruby-red Indiana and hold the seat previously held by senior Republican statesman Richard Lugar? Granted, Donnelly is a pro-life, tax...

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Winning the race to 5G WINNING THE RACE TO 5G

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Oct 29, 2018

Many Americans particularly those who live in rural areas like parts of Kentucky’s Second District know the challenges of accessing cellular service and broadband in rural areas. A key to improving service with greater coverage, higher speeds, and increased data capacity is the new wireless st...

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The 125-Year Conspiracy Against Government Ownership and Management of Utilities and Transportation Networks THE 125-YEAR CONSPIRACY AGAINST GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS

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Oct 28, 2018

Henry George's wording of Paragraph 11 of the 1890 Platform was bitterly opposed by those who they wanted to monopolize the utilities (and other industries or “natural monopolies”). When Paragraph 11 first became Georgist “law” so to speak in September 1890, it was clear ...

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US government is refusing to disclose climate information US GOVERNMENT IS REFUSING TO DISCLOSE CLIMATE INFORMATION

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Oct 28, 2018

For more than 20 years, through both Democratic and Republican administrations, the State Department has dutifully submitted regular progress reports to the global community under the terms of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As of this year, however, this vital elemen...

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In Trump we trust? Israel and the Trump administration IN TRUMP WE TRUST? ISRAEL AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Oct 26, 2018

For many Israelis, the embrace and policies of the Trump administration seem like an overwhelming win. President Trump has good relations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, certainly as compared with President Obama (the distaste was mutual). In addition, many of Trump’s senior officials ...

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Despite Trump’s Best Efforts, Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants Earn Reprieve from Deportation DESPITE TRUMP’S BEST EFFORTS, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS EARN REPRIEVE FROM DEPORTATION

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Oct 26, 2018

Last week, Jeff Sessions attacked a court ruling that gave a temporary reprieve to hundreds of thousands of immigrants facing imminent deportation after years of living lawfully in this country.  "Federal district court judges are not empowered to fashion immigration policy," Sessions...

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What You Need to Know About Voter Security This Election Season WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOTER SECURITY THIS ELECTION SEASON

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Oct 25, 2018

As Cybersecurity Awareness Month draws to a close, voters across the U.S. gear up to cast their ballots in November’s midterm elections. One of the biggest concerns on everyone’s minds has been just how secure voting is. Whether you mail in your ballot ahead of time or find yourself stan...

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Implementing The Astana Declaration—What Alma-Ata Taught Us IMPLEMENTING THE ASTANA DECLARATION—WHAT ALMA-ATA TAUGHT US

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Oct 25, 2018

This month, health leaders from United Nations member states convene in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana to reconfirm the world’s commitment to comprehensive primary health care as the keystone of universal health coverage. Forty years earlier in Alma-Ata, 134 countries committed themselves t...

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A Critical Look at the U.S. Economy A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE U.S. ECONOMY

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Oct 24, 2018

The stock market has been soaring, unemployment is low, and there is some improvement in wages and corporate earnings, though significantly less than from other recession recoveries. But there are other issues here that should be of concern. First of all, it should be noted that stocks are at lofty ...

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After the midterms, could a threatened, volatile Trump flip on Israel? AFTER THE MIDTERMS, COULD A THREATENED, VOLATILE TRUMP FLIP ON ISRAEL?

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Oct 24, 2018

November 6 is report card day for the U.S. government. The results of the hotly contested midterm elections will speak volumes to the Trump administration’s prospects moving forward. Many millions of dollars are pouring into the coffers of both major parties for precisely that reason to either...

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American foreign aid can be catalyst for change AMERICAN FOREIGN AID CAN BE CATALYST FOR CHANGE

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Oct 23, 2018

At this moment, there are caravans of people, including thousands of unaccompanied children, trekking through Central America and Mexico to reach the southern border of the United States. Because of Democrats’ empty promises to grant amnesty, rumors of open borders have spread throughout Centr...

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Voter Registration Resources for Local Election Officials VOTER REGISTRATION RESOURCES FOR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICIALS

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Oct 23, 2018

From voter caging to voter suppression and everything in between, we offer voter registration resources for local election officials to reference. For the 2018 Midterms elections, 46 states will hold elections on Tuesday, November 6th for 6,066 legislative races, 36 governorships, and 106 legislativ...

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An American Perspective on a Chinese Perspective on the Defense Department’s Cyber Strategy and ‘Defending Forward’ AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON A CHINESE PERSPECTIVE ON THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT’S CYBER STRATEGY AND ‘DEFENDING FORWARD’

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Oct 23, 2018

Last week, Lawfare published an article from Lyu Jinghua, a former colonel in the People’s Liberation Army, titled “A Chinese Perspective on the Pentagon’s Cyber Strategy: From ‘Active Cyber Defense’ to ‘Defending Forward.’” It raises some interesting ...

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Farm bill negotiators should take advantage of the moment FARM BILL NEGOTIATORS SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MOMENT

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Oct 22, 2018

Farming isn’t for the faint of heart. No matter how hard you work or how much you plan, sometimes you come up short. Bad weather, natural disasters, and fluctuating market prices are beyond the control of farmers and those in the agricultural business. Those unforeseen challenges endanger thei...

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A perilous election looms A PERILOUS ELECTION LOOMS

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Oct 22, 2018

Free, fair, and secure elections are preconditions of democracy. Yet despite the electoral disruption of 2016, these crucial pillars of U.S. governance continue to exhibit dangerous weaknesses. Congress and the executive branch have failed to take sufficient steps to secure U.S. elections. Risks to ...

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The Jones Act is a tremendous benefit to America THE JONES ACT IS A TREMENDOUS BENEFIT TO AMERICA

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Oct 22, 2018

Virtually every argument against the Jones Act is falsely premised on the notion that it increases consumer prices and that it impeded emergency supplies from getting to Puerto Rico after last year’s hurricanes. Some have even argued that Puerto Rico’s decade-long recession is the fault ...

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Secret Government Report Shows Gaping Holes in Privacy Protections From U.S. Surveillance SECRET GOVERNMENT REPORT SHOWS GAPING HOLES IN PRIVACY PROTECTIONS FROM U.S. SURVEILLANCE

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Oct 18, 2018

On Tuesday, in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, a federal privacy watchdog released an important report about how the U.S. government handles people’s personal information that it sweeps up in its surveillance. Despite requests from Senator Ron Wyden and the European Union, the...

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The U.S. Government Needs to Better Immunize Itself From Supply-Chain Attacks THE U.S. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BETTER IMMUNIZE ITSELF FROM SUPPLY-CHAIN ATTACKS

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Oct 18, 2018

It has now been two weeks without confirmation of Bloomberg’s reporting concerning a supply chain attack targeting SuperMicro motherboards from any news outlet. Given the alleged widespread nature, incredibly strong denials from the allegedly affected companies and multiple intelligence agenci...

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With the Saudis, Trump Shows Timidity: New at Reason WITH THE SAUDIS, TRUMP SHOWS TIMIDITY: NEW AT REASON

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Oct 15, 2018

If a foreign journalist living in America and writing about the Iranian government's noxious policies were murdered by agents of Tehran, the president of the United States would take it as evidence of the need for tough action. Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, however, was a Saudi writ...

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US Dollar weakens in spite of worldwide stock rout US DOLLAR WEAKENS IN SPITE OF WORLDWIDE STOCK ROUT

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Oct 15, 2018

The relentless sell-off in equities worldwide and rising risk aversion did not benefit the US Dollar, which fell against every G10 currency, save the Canadian Dollar and, even more unusually, most emerging market currencies outside the Pacific Rim. The Yen predictably benefited from market nervousne...

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Senate Bill Aims to Prevent Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections SENATE BILL AIMS TO PREVENT FOREIGN INFLUENCE IN U.S. ELECTIONS

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Oct 15, 2018

A bipartisan group of three senators–Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Ben Cardin, D-Md.–last week introduced Protect Our Elections Act, which aims “to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to take steps to ensure domestic ownership and ...

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Trump Attacks Tallahassee Mayor As Hurricane Looms Over City TRUMP ATTACKS TALLAHASSEE MAYOR AS HURRICANE LOOMS OVER CITY

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Oct 11, 2018

Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee and current Democratic nominee for governor in Florida, slammed Trump for his attacks on the city as Hurricane Michael approaches. The storm is expected to bring possibly life-threatening conditions to Florida’s panhandle, and at Category 4, it would be ...

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Hope for Reforming Government in Polarized Times? HOPE FOR REFORMING GOVERNMENT IN POLARIZED TIMES?

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Oct 11, 2018

President Trump’s point person for government reform the busier-than-ever Margaret Weichert acknowledged earlier this week that she is “standing on the shoulders of giants.” During a week packed with speeches and duties for her new part-time role as acting director of the Office of...

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How to tell when North Korea starts to denuclearize HOW TO TELL WHEN NORTH KOREA STARTS TO DENUCLEARIZE

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Oct 11, 2018

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned from what he described as “productive” conversations with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Although details are still emerging from the meeting, which took place in Pyongyang, one outcome is clear: Both sides are eager to push fo...

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As Trump cuts funding to the UNRWA, the EU must fill the vacuum AS TRUMP CUTS FUNDING TO THE UNRWA, THE EU MUST FILL THE VACUUM

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Oct 11, 2018

On 31st August, in a move celebrated by Benjamin Netanyahu as a ‘blessed change’, the Trump administration announced it would cut all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). It was a decision with far-reaching and catastrophic implications: the US has long been the...

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A government contractor crosses over to USDS A GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR CROSSES OVER TO USDS

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Oct 10, 2018

Recently I was working on a blog on the spread of civic tech. One of the people discussed in the blog was Kelly O'Connor, who, I discovered, had come to the U.S. Digital Service three years ago from the government contracting community. O'Connor spent eight years working at Deloitte, followe...

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Christopher Steele breaks silence: We have a duty to ‘speak unpalatable truths to power’ CHRISTOPHER STEELE BREAKS SILENCE: WE HAVE A DUTY TO ‘SPEAK UNPALATABLE TRUTHS TO POWER’

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Oct 10, 2018

Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele is taking a subtle swipe at President Trump, saying that the media has a key responsibility to keep a "distorted" and "one-sided" U.S. government accountable. Steele, the author of the controversial dossier about Trump's ...

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Trump Doesn TRUMP DOESN'T HAVE THE GLOBAL CLOUT TO PUT AMERICA FIRST

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Oct 10, 2018

The Pew Research Center has released results of the latest survey in its annual series of public opinion polls tracking attitudes in twenty-five foreign countries. Donald Trump’s numbers are bad. On the central question of whether people have confidence in a leader “to do the right thing...

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Bureau health editor launches US government BUREAU HEALTH EDITOR LAUNCHES US GOVERNMENT'S GLOBAL SUPERBUGS INITIATIVE

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Oct 10, 2018

The US government has launched an international drive to stem the rising tide of superbugs, asking for pledges from people with power around the world. The Bureau’s health and science editor Madlen Davies was invited to New York to host the event launching the Global Antimicrobial Resistance C...

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The antidote to today’s divided world: Meeting face-to-face THE ANTIDOTE TO TODAY’S DIVIDED WORLD: MEETING FACE-TO-FACE

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Oct 10, 2018

When I look back on my experiences in three different presidential administrations, some of my best memories are of meetings. No, not the sorts of meetings that could just as easily be resolved with an email. I’m referring to the kinds of gatherings where people share their stories, exchange i...

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THE WALTZ OF THE MINISTERS AND ADVISERS OF TRUMP THE WALTZ OF THE MINISTERS AND ADVISERS OF TRUMP

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Oct 09, 2018

The secretary-general of the White House, Reince Priebus to be its spokesman, Sean Spicer and his director of communications Hope Hicks, they are already very likely to be gone. Here are the main: Nikki Haley, ambassador to the united nations. In a speech very warm, contrasting with other departures...

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National Health IT Week: HIMSS VP of Government Relations looks back on how it evolved NATIONAL HEALTH IT WEEK: HIMSS VP OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LOOKS BACK ON HOW IT EVOLVED

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Oct 08, 2018

As vice president of government relations at HIMSS, I actively participate in crucial conversations regarding U.S. health IT policy and regulations on a regular basis. Despite the ever-changing nature of health IT, one constant remains and drives my work each day: the gratification of watching an id...

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Understanding and addressing the threats against the rule of law in America today UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING THE THREATS AGAINST THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA TODAY

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Oct 08, 2018

What damage has the rule of law in the United States sustained in recent years, what can be done to repair it and what is the outlook for the future? Those were among the questions answered by sixteen expert speakers, including members of both houses of Congress and other authorities from across the...

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Kavanaugh Confirmation: There Was No Debate When We Needed One KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION: THERE WAS NO DEBATE WHEN WE NEEDED ONE

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Oct 08, 2018

The Democrats and their feminist allies failed the country in their approach to the Kavanaugh hearing. Instead of finding out whether Kavanaugh believes in the unitary executive theory that the president has powers unaccountable to Congress and the Judiciary and agrees that a Justice Department unde...

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Say It With Me: America’s Government Is Now Completely Illegitimate SAY IT WITH ME: AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT IS NOW COMPLETELY ILLEGITIMATE

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Oct 07, 2018

Near the end of his new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore describes America as an aspirational democracy.  Our founding fathers had some nice ideas, but as Colson Whitehead phrased it in his novel The Underground Railroad, our country in truth was built on a foundation of “stolen...

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Feds seek 4-year-plus sentence for FBI agent in leak case FEDS SEEK 4-YEAR-PLUS SENTENCE FOR FBI AGENT IN LEAK CASE

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Oct 05, 2018

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than four years in prison for a former FBI agent who admitted disclosing classified terrorist-profiling guidelines to the media, but the agent's defense lawyers argue he should get no prison time at all. Ex-agent Terry Albury is set to be senten...

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How to consolidate the 2 US foreign assistance dashboards HOW TO CONSOLIDATE THE 2 US FOREIGN ASSISTANCE DASHBOARDS

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Oct 05, 2018

For the last several years, U.S. foreign assistance data has been published on two official U.S. government websites: ForeignAssistance.gov and Foreign Aid Explorer. To the uninitiated, the two platforms seem to offer essentially the same data what and where the U.S. spends on foreign assistance, wi...

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Former Dem aide makes first court appearance on charges of posting GOP senators FORMER DEM AIDE MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON CHARGES OF POSTING GOP SENATORS' INFO ONLINE

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Oct 04, 2018

A former Democratic aide arrested on charges of allegedly posting GOP senators' private information online made his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon. Jackson Cosko, 27, appeared in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia a day after being arrested for "doxxing" GOP...

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Over 100 Million Immigrants Have Come to America Since the Founding OVER 100 MILLION IMMIGRANTS HAVE COME TO AMERICA SINCE THE FOUNDING

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Oct 04, 2018

America is a nation of immigrants, and throughout its history, it has received nearly 100 million immigrants. I almost wrote that America “welcomed” them, but the fact is that very few of those 100 million were broadly popular with the public when they arrived. They came nonetheless. The...

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Banking on Cooperation: The U.S. Government and the Finance Industry Need to Work Together to Defend the Financial Sector from Cyber Threats BANKING ON COOPERATION: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND THE FINANCE INDUSTRY NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO DEFEND THE FINANCIAL SECTOR FROM CYBER THREATS

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Oct 03, 2018

The private sector which owns and operates the vast majority of U.S. critical infrastructure in cyberspace and the U.S. government are in lockstep that cyber threats to critical infrastructure have national-security consequences. What more, they agree that both must do more to defend critical infras...

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Trump’s USDA vs. Science TRUMP’S USDA VS. SCIENCE

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Oct 03, 2018

The United States has a complicated history when it comes to science. The very birth of the nation is bound up with the European Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment, culminating in the notion that reason should inform the self-government of free peoples. President Jefferson wrote that sci...

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Sinotech: No Sign of a U.S.-China Trade Agreement SINOTECH: NO SIGN OF A U.S.-CHINA TRADE AGREEMENT

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Oct 03, 2018

The trade war continues. The United States and China imposed their latest waves of tariffs on Sept. 24, deepening tensions between the two countries. The U.S. kicked things off with new 10 percent duties against $200 billion in Chinese imports; those will increase to 25 percent on Jan. 1. The United...

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Federal government asks justices to intervene in census dispute FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASKS JUSTICES TO INTERVENE IN CENSUS DISPUTE

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Oct 03, 2018

The federal government went to the Supreme Court today, requesting a halt to the depositions of two senior Trump administration officials Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and John Gore, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in a challenge to Ross’ decision...

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Is China interfering in American politics? IS CHINA INTERFERING IN AMERICAN POLITICS?

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Oct 02, 2018

Speaking before the General Assembly of the United Nations on Sept. 26, President Trump issued an incendiary charge against China. “We have found,” the president declared, “that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election. Against my administration.” ...

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A response to the US House racial diversity report A RESPONSE TO THE US HOUSE RACIAL DIVERSITY REPORT

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Oct 02, 2018

Last month the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released a report detailing the racial diversity among top U.S. House staff. The report showed a lack of diversity in senior positions that, while alarming, is not a shock to many of us who have worked within the halls of Congress. The r...

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Trust in legislative branch highest in nearly a decade TRUST IN LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HIGHEST IN NEARLY A DECADE

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Oct 01, 2018

Americans’ trust in the legislative branch of the federal government has reached its highest point in nine years, with 40 percent of Americans saying they have at least a “fair amount” of trust in lawmakers, according to a poll released Monday. A Gallup poll found that 40 percent o...

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AGREEMENT IN EXTREMIS TO OTTAWA AND WASHINGTON TO REFORM NAFTA AGREEMENT IN EXTREMIS TO OTTAWA AND WASHINGTON TO REFORM NAFTA

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Oct 01, 2018

Canada and the United States announced Sunday evening, half an hour before the expiry of the ultimatum set by Washington, “an agreement-in-principle, together with Mexico” to reform the free trade treaty that binds 500 million North-Americans since 1994. “Canada and the United Stat...

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President Declares National Cybersecurity Awareness Month PRESIDENT DECLARES NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

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Oct 01, 2018

President Trump on Friday declared October 2018 as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month marking the 15th consecutive year of that designation. In a proclamation, the President said, “we acknowledge the danger that cyber threats pose to our economy and public infrastructure, and raise awarene...

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GOP’s two tax-cut wrongs won’t make their policy right GOP’S TWO TAX-CUT WRONGS WON’T MAKE THEIR POLICY RIGHT

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Sep 27, 2018

Two wrongs don’t make a right. Yet President Trump and Republicans in Congress seem to think if they give two huge tax cuts to the rich within nine months threatening vital public services for working families in the process it will somehow add up to good policy. It won’t. Last year, Rep...

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Japan dodges U.S. auto tariffs, for now, as Trump, Abe agree on talks JAPAN DODGES U.S. AUTO TARIFFS, FOR NOW, AS TRUMP, ABE AGREE ON TALKS

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Sep 27, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Wednesday to start trade talks in an arrangement that, for now, protects Japanese automakers from further tariffs, seen as a major threat to the export-dependent economy. The two countries said in a joint statement the talk...

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SEC Tech Chief Heads to Federal Reserve Bank of New York SEC TECH CHIEF HEADS TO FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK

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Sep 26, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief information officer is heading to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to serve as CIO and executive vice president of technology, the agency said. Pamela Dyson has served as the financial regulator’s top information-technology officia...

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A $662 billion challenge: Transforming US grant reporting A $662 BILLION CHALLENGE: TRANSFORMING US GRANT REPORTING

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Sep 26, 2018

In 2017, the federal government awarded $662.7 billion in grants funding to state agencies, local and tribal governments, agencies, non-profits, universities, and other organizations. Roughly translated, this equates to the Gross Domestic Product of Switzerland or more than the GDP of every country ...

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The real 5G “race” is to serve all Americans THE REAL 5G “RACE” IS TO SERVE ALL AMERICANS

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Sep 25, 2018

September 28 will see a White House rally to promote U.S. leadership in the fifth generation (5G) wireless technology. I was part of a similar event at the Clinton White House in 1993 that promoted the importance of making more spectrum available through auctions that were then being considered by C...

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Tackling the Key Challenges of Federal Cybersecurity TACKLING THE KEY CHALLENGES OF FEDERAL CYBERSECURITY

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Sep 25, 2018

In this edition of the security intelligence industry podcast series, Ian Doyle, the business unit executive for cybersecurity strategy and growth initiatives at IBM, joins host Bill Venteicher to break down the challenges policy makers and decision makers are facing in federal cybersecurity. When i...

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President Trump Starts Signing 2019 Spending Bills PRESIDENT TRUMP STARTS SIGNING 2019 SPENDING BILLS

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Sep 25, 2018

On Friday, September 21, 2018, President Trump signed the first of what will be a series of budget bills to fund the U.S. government’s spending in its upcoming 2019 fiscal year, which will begin on October 1, 2018. The first bill funds the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a number of...

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President Trump PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PERSONAL FEELINGS COULD STAND BETWEEN PUERTO RICO AND STATEHOOD

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Sep 25, 2018

As it turns out, the fate of Puerto Rican statehood potentially rests on President Donald Trump's personal feelings. Trump butted heads with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The president lashed out against Cruz after taking her comments abou...

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New Rule to Deny Status to Immigrants Up to 95% Self-Sufficient NEW RULE TO DENY STATUS TO IMMIGRANTS UP TO 95% SELF-SUFFICIENT

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Sep 24, 2018

The Trump administration has finally published its long-awaited proposed regulation that expands a current rule denying applications to immigrants it deems “public charges” that is, people who are likely to rely on the government for their support in the United States. As the Department ...

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Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response ARMED CONFLICT IN SYRIA: OVERVIEW AND U.S. RESPONSE

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Sep 21, 2018

The Syria conflict, now in its eighth year, remains a significant policy challenge for the United States. U.S. policy toward Syria in the past several years has given highest priority to counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL/ISIS), but also has included nonlet...

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Trump Administration Cuts Refugee Admissions Further TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CUTS REFUGEE ADMISSIONS FURTHER

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Sep 20, 2018

The Trump administration has announced that it plans to reduce refugee admissions to the United States next year from 45,000 to 30,000. This would be the lowest ceiling for refugee admissions since 1980. The current fiscal year’s ceiling of 45,000 includes 19,000 from Africa, just over 40 perc...

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Arne Duncan: It ARNE DUNCAN: IT'S NOT IN 'TRUMP'S BEST INTEREST TO HAVE A WELL-EDUCATED CITIZENRY'

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Sep 20, 2018

President Donald Trump and his administration get a political boost when Americans aren't taught to think critically or to have a deep understanding of civics, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told a crowd at the National Press Club here. "We have a president who says 'don...

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President Trump Unveils America’s First Cybersecurity Strategy in 15 Years PRESIDENT TRUMP UNVEILS AMERICA’S FIRST CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY IN 15 YEARS

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Sep 20, 2018

America’s networks are threatened daily by criminals, terrorists, and foreign adversaries. In the face of growing threats, the Federal Government has the responsibility to do its part to ensure America has the best cybersecurity in the world. Failures to prioritize cybersecurity by both govern...

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The President’s Election-Interference Order: A Needed First Step THE PRESIDENT’S ELECTION-INTERFERENCE ORDER: A NEEDED FIRST STEP

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Sep 19, 2018

President Trump issued Executive Order 13848 on Sept. 12 declaring election interference a national emergency. The order also sets up a protocol for applying sanctions to persons who conduct cyber attacks against the electoral system or engage in disinformation. You can find the comprehensive analys...

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Trump Imposes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Goods; China Cannot Respond in Kind Anymore TRUMP IMPOSES TARIFFS ON $200 BILLION OF GOODS; CHINA CANNOT RESPOND IN KIND ANYMORE

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Sep 19, 2018

President Trump announced on Monday that his administration will begin imposing new tariffs against $200 billion in Chinese imports next week. Starting on Sept. 24, the government will subject those imports to 10 percent tariffs; that tariff rate will jump to 25 percent on Jan. 1. Trump also announc...

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Trump is unshackling America TRUMP IS UNSHACKLING AMERICA'S DRONES THANKS TO OBAMA'S WEAKNESS

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Sep 19, 2018

For more than a decade, the worst-kept secret in the world has been the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency owns and operates lethal drones outside of recognized battlefields abroad. Newspapers blare it from their headlines. Legislators discuss it on television. Foreign governments protest it ...

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What’s in the Executive Order on Election Interference? WHAT’S IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON ELECTION INTERFERENCE?

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Sep 19, 2018

On Sept. 12, President Trump signed Executive Order 13848, titled “Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election.” Reporting in early August suggested that such an order was being drafted, though as will be discussed below it appears to have ...

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In Secret Calls, Putin Cultivated Trump’s Anger at the “Deep State” IN SECRET CALLS, PUTIN CULTIVATED TRUMP’S ANGER AT THE “DEEP STATE”

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Sep 19, 2018

Yet more evidence that Vladimir Putin has continued to ply President Trump with opposition to US intelligence and the so-called “deep state” during their conversations since President Trump entered the White House. Not surprising and yet stunning passage in this excerpt from Greg Miller&...

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New York Times Seeks 163 H-1B Workers over Five Years, Also 31 Green Cards NEW YORK TIMES SEEKS 163 H-1B WORKERS OVER FIVE YEARS, ALSO 31 GREEN CARDS

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Sep 18, 2018

When the New York Times writes about the H-1B program for foreign workers, it is often sympathetic to it and is rarely critical. When the same publication needs (rather well-paid) workers, it often uses the H-1B program, seeking 163 such workers in the years 2014-2018. It also filed 31 green card pe...

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When strongmen fight: The US and Turkey need diplomats to resolve their leaders’ dispute WHEN STRONGMEN FIGHT: THE US AND TURKEY NEED DIPLOMATS TO RESOLVE THEIR LEADERS’ DISPUTE

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Sep 18, 2018

Disagreement over a jailed pastor has devolved into a personal fight between two strong men, adding a significant strain to relations between Turkey and the United States. These like-minded leaders should empower their diplomats to find a way forward before they inflict lasting damage on bilateral t...

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Mexico Considers Proposal for Repatriation of Third-Country Nationals MEXICO CONSIDERS PROPOSAL FOR REPATRIATION OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS

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Sep 17, 2018

On Thursday, September 13, the Mexican government addressed headlines regarding a U.S. proposal to allocate resources to Mexico for the repatriation of third-country nationals. Reportedly, the White House sent Congress a notice that it intends to take $20 million in foreign assistance funds and use ...

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Congress Is Poised to Give Trump Administration Powerful New Spying Powers CONGRESS IS POISED TO GIVE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION POWERFUL NEW SPYING POWERS

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Sep 17, 2018

The Trump administration wants more spying power and Congress appears poised to give it to them. Touting national security to justify spying powers that jeopardize our constitutional rights is a strategy that we have seen before. It happened with the Patriot Act after 9/11, and members of Congress a...

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Trump Admin Accelerates Push to Export Fracking to Argentina TRUMP ADMIN ACCELERATES PUSH TO EXPORT FRACKING TO ARGENTINA

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Sep 17, 2018

In June, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry traveled to Bariloche, Argentina, for a G20 Summit where he expressed his desire to help Argentina become more like Texas, his home state. “The technology that has allowed for the shale gas revolution in America, we want to make available to Argenti...

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Senate set to pass sweeping opioid package SENATE SET TO PASS SWEEPING OPIOID PACKAGE

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Sep 10, 2018

The Senate is poised to take up a bipartisan opioid funding package during a short work week in Washington. Both chambers are out of session on Monday and Tuesday. Lawmakers, instead, will return to Washington on Wednesday for the abbreviated week, where the Senate generally leaves on Thursday after...

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Congress should support organic farming to help the farm economy CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT ORGANIC FARMING TO HELP THE FARM ECONOMY

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Sep 07, 2018

We are at a critical moment in the farm bill, as the Senate and Congress are negotiating a final package in a conference. Many farmers and rural communities are struggling in the face of low commodity prices and trade wars. It’s urgently important to remember that organic agriculture is leadin...

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Brazil and US Talk Defense BRAZIL AND US TALK DEFENSE

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Sep 06, 2018

About 100 technical representatives from the Brazilian and U.S. governments and private sectors attended a meeting to discuss long-term priorities between both countries in preparation for the 3rd U.S.-Brazil Defense Industry Dialogue (DID). The June preparatory meeting took place at the Naval War C...

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Huawei Appeals to U.S. Agencies for Market Access HUAWEI APPEALS TO U.S. AGENCIES FOR MARKET ACCESS

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Sep 05, 2018

Chinese telecommunication company Huawei has filed a 39-page comment with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that the U.S. government has unfairly denied Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies equal access to American markets. Huawei submitted the comment for the FTC’s scheduled h...

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Trump administration set to dominate U.S. housing finance TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SET TO DOMINATE U.S. HOUSING FINANCE

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Sep 05, 2018

September 6, 2018, marks the 10-year anniversary of the Federal conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. By the beginning of next year, the Trump administration is likely to become the dominant force overseeing the entire nation’s housing finance infrastructure. And here’s how. For...

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How The US Elevates Corporate Interests Over Global Public Health. And How The World Can Respond HOW THE US ELEVATES CORPORATE INTERESTS OVER GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH. AND HOW THE WORLD CAN RESPOND

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Sep 05, 2018

At the May 2018 World Health Assembly, the United States threatened “punishing” trade sanctions if Ecuador supported a resolution urging women to breastfeed their newborns, according to the New York Times. That threat also likely deterred other lower-income countries from offering the re...

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Why Governments Want You to Pay Less Taxes WHY GOVERNMENTS WANT YOU TO PAY LESS TAXES

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Sep 05, 2018

There is an entirely political discussion around taxes: are they fair or unfair? Are you paying your fair share? During the last election cycle, President Trump received a lot of attention when he said, “I pay no taxes.” But what most people don’t realize is that Trump is only doin...

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USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs USDA LAUNCHES TRADE MITIGATION PROGRAMS

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Sep 04, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), while USDA will...

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Implications of the US-China trade dispute IMPLICATIONS OF THE US-CHINA TRADE DISPUTE

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Sep 04, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has unleashed a wave of tariffs over the past year against many of its largest trading partners including China, Canada, the European Union, and Mexico. India too has been affected, particularly by tariffs on steel and aluminium. The rest of the world now confronts choice...

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Turkey Might Not Like the West, But Needs It TURKEY MIGHT NOT LIKE THE WEST, BUT NEEDS IT

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Sep 04, 2018

When President Trump sanctioned two Turkish ministers an unprecedented measure involving a NATO ally and announced the doubling of trade tariffs early in August, he further aggravated the steadily deteriorating U.S.-Turkish relationship. The moves came after the Turkish government refused to allow P...

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Labor Day: Women are the key to next-generation workforce development LABOR DAY: WOMEN ARE THE KEY TO NEXT-GENERATION WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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Sep 03, 2018

This Labor Day there is much to celebrate: the economy is growing, unemployment is down, and people are reporting high rates of job satisfaction! Furthermore, the data show there are 3.5 million fewer people living in poverty in the United States over the past year. This good news is not simply good...

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Figure of the week: New US investments in Kenya FIGURE OF THE WEEK: NEW US INVESTMENTS IN KENYA

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Sep 01, 2018

This week, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing of two investment deals between the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) the U.S. agency in charge of development finance and two companies in Kenya, amounting to a total of nearly $238 million in financing for Kenya. The fir...

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The sociopolitical evolution of a scientist: incorporating advocacy into my graduate school experience THE SOCIOPOLITICAL EVOLUTION OF A SCIENTIST: INCORPORATING ADVOCACY INTO MY GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

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Aug 31, 2018

During September of 2016, I was excited to begin my bioengineering master’s program in Boston, home to the world’s largest community of biomedical researchers. But on November 8th, the US political landscape abruptly transformed, and suddenly my research studying how cancer spreads throu...

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A A 'SAFE THIRD COUNTRY' AGREEMENT WITH MEXICO WON’T FIX U.S. MIGRATORY CHALLENGES

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Aug 30, 2018

The Trump administration’s efforts to establish a “zero tolerance policy” prosecuting all irregular border-crossers ended in high-profile disarray but the fallout continues. Months after the president signed an executive order halting the family separations that his administration ...

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Trump’s Secret Order on Pulling the Cyber Trigger TRUMP’S SECRET ORDER ON PULLING THE CYBER TRIGGER

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Aug 29, 2018

As Bobby Chesney recently discussed, President Trump on Aug. 15 reportedly substituted a new classified order for a classified Obama-era presidential directive governing the interagency review and decision process for cyber operations. Trump administration officials were quoted describing the new ru...

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Warmer Kenya-US relations good for trade and investment WARMER KENYA-US RELATIONS GOOD FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT

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Aug 29, 2018

The meeting earlier this week between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his United States counterpart Donald Trump should, hopefully, cement strategic interests between the two countries. It signals how much bilateral relations have warmed up since the infamous “choices have consequences” war...

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Why assurances matter in U.S.-Taiwan relations WHY ASSURANCES MATTER IN U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONS

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Aug 29, 2018

In 1982, the Reagan administration made “Six Assurances” to Taiwan’s leaders as it was concluding negotiations with Beijing regarding arms sales to Taiwan. These commitments have become an important part of U.S. declaratory policy towards Taiwan, along with the 1979 Taiwan Relation...

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Unlawful Obamacare Fees to Add to National Debt UNLAWFUL OBAMACARE FEES TO ADD TO NATIONAL DEBT

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Aug 28, 2018

In 2015, the administrators of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ordered a number of states to either pay the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Providers Fee (HIPF) or have their allocation of federal funds to support their Medicaid programs and their Child Health Ins...

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State of U.S. Security: A Conversation with CFR STATE OF U.S. SECURITY: A CONVERSATION WITH CFR'S NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FELLOW

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Aug 28, 2018

The Center for Preventive Action sat down with Michael P. Dempsey, former acting director of national intelligence, to discuss his reflections after being away from Washington, DC, for a year. Michael P. Dempsey is the national intelligence fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellowship sp...

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Russia Wants a Deal with the United States on Cyber Issues. Why Does Washington Keep Saying No? RUSSIA WANTS A DEAL WITH THE UNITED STATES ON CYBER ISSUES. WHY DOES WASHINGTON KEEP SAYING NO?

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Aug 27, 2018

Earlier this month, Russian business daily Kommersant reported that the Kremlin proposed to cooperate with the United States to prevent "cyber attacks on critical infrastructure," and wanted to include language to that effect in a communiqué issued at the end of the Helsinki Summit....

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The Fast-Follower Strategy for Technology in Government THE FAST-FOLLOWER STRATEGY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENT

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Aug 27, 2018

We work with a number of public-sector leaders who want technology innovation to be a cornerstone of their public service and spend much of their tenure sprinting after flashy new tech tools. Some have a clear and genuine goal to improve services or efficiency; others might see tech as a way to moti...

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It’s time for the Senate to act on privacy board nominations IT’S TIME FOR THE SENATE TO ACT ON PRIVACY BOARD NOMINATIONS

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Aug 27, 2018

The White House’s announcement of the intended nominations of Travis LeBlanc and Aditya Bamzai to be members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is a welcome development for this low-profile but increasingly significant board. It paves the way for the board, which has be...

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New York the Least Free State in the U.S. NEW YORK THE LEAST FREE STATE IN THE U.S.

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Aug 23, 2018

Moving to Florida offers more benefits than just the beaches. That's because the Sunshine State is the freest in the nation, according to the fifth edition of the Freedom in the 50 States report, published Tuesday by the Cato Institute. Meanwhile, New York ranks right at the bottom. Florida won ...

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Confirm Kraninger, Rein in Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection CONFIRM KRANINGER, REIN IN BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION

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Aug 23, 2018

Today, the Senate Banking Committee will likely vote to send the nomination of Kathleen Kraninger for director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to the Senate floor. Based on her testimony at her confirmation hearing in July, the Competitive Enterprise Institute supports Kraninger&rsquo...

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Federal Fiscal Year-End Spend-a-Thon About to Begin FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR-END SPEND-A-THON ABOUT TO BEGIN

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Aug 23, 2018

With less than six weeks to go in its 2018 fiscal year, the U.S. government may be poised to go on one of the biggest fiscal year-end spending sprees in its history. The end of the U.S. government’s fiscal year is less than two months away, and as Frank Konkel lays out at Nextgov, that means f...

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Senate Approves Bill Boosting Federal Education Spending SENATE APPROVES BILL BOOSTING FEDERAL EDUCATION SPENDING

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Aug 23, 2018

Legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Education for fiscal 2019 that increases federal spending on schools by a small percentage was approved by the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 85-7. Total education spending would increase by more than $500 million over fiscal 2018 in the bill, up to about ...

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Mattis’s Visit Forges Chilean-U.S. Cybersecurity Agreement MATTIS’S VISIT FORGES CHILEAN-U.S. CYBERSECURITY AGREEMENT

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Aug 22, 2018

As part of his first official tour in South America, U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis visited Chile August 16, 2018, to meet Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Chilean Minister of Defense Alberto Espina. Following a meeting addressing security issues, science and technolog...

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Government should pay for migrant families’ mental health services, lawsuit says GOVERNMENT SHOULD PAY FOR MIGRANT FAMILIES’ MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, LAWSUIT SAYS

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Aug 22, 2018

From her holding cell, the Salvadoran mother could see her daughter across the room, surrounded by other children. The mother and daughter had been separated days earlier at the border, among the hundreds of migrant families caught up in the government’s new “zero tolerance” policy...

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US Dollar slides after Trump criticises Federal Reserve policy US DOLLAR SLIDES AFTER TRUMP CRITICISES FEDERAL RESERVE POLICY

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Aug 21, 2018

Speaking at a Hampton’s fundraiser this weekend, Trump once again reportedly criticised the Fed’s recent monetary policy decisions, saying that he was ‘not thrilled’ with Chair Jerome Powell for raising interest rates in the US. This outburst marks the second occasion that th...

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Trump administration less concerned about conserving oil TRUMP ADMINISTRATION LESS CONCERNED ABOUT CONSERVING OIL

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Aug 20, 2018

Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. The position was outlined in a memo released last month...

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Trump is winning TRUMP IS WINNING

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Aug 17, 2018

Shortly after assuming the awesome powers of the presidency, Donald J. Trump declared war on the American press. With a torrent of insulting tweets, he has accused reporters of being the “enemy of the American people,” using a phrase familiar to 20th-century dictators but unprecedented i...

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Trump’s war on ‘fake news’ could actually make the mainstream media stronger TRUMP’S WAR ON ‘FAKE NEWS’ COULD ACTUALLY MAKE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA STRONGER

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Aug 17, 2018

Nothing immediately changed as a result of the decision by hundreds of newspapers across the country to run simultaneous, but independent, editorials defending freedom of the press and deploring President Trump’s identification of the media as an enemy of the American people. The president cer...

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Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain REFORMS CAN STOP MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM USING THEIR PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PRIVATE GAIN

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Aug 16, 2018

Americans deserve a government and public servants who work through their disagreements to find solutions that are in the public’s best interest. One reason why Washington seems broken is that too often the people we elect have lost their way by focusing on doing the bidding of wealthy special...

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Border Officials Are Still Defending Family Separations BORDER OFFICIALS ARE STILL DEFENDING FAMILY SEPARATIONS

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Aug 16, 2018

Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, recently gave The New York Times an interview. For those expecting some contrition from him for the lasting trauma inflicted by CBP on children taken away from their parents under the Trump administration’s family separation p...

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Free to Choose: US automobile market FREE TO CHOOSE: US AUTOMOBILE MARKET

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Aug 16, 2018

I find myself from time to time reflecting on the words of economist Milton Friedman when I’m going about my work as a member of Congress. The Trump administration’s action to correct the national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards is one of those times. I&rsq...

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Why the White House Can’t Stop Omarosa Manigault-Newman From Talking WHY THE WHITE HOUSE CAN’T STOP OMAROSA MANIGAULT-NEWMAN FROM TALKING

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Aug 14, 2018

The ongoing publicity tour by former senior White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman, once designated as one of the “nastiest TV villains of all time,” is the culmination of the questionable hiring choices made during the early days of the Trump White House. Manigault-Newman has made...

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Great Again: Us Government Collects Record Tax Haul in July GREAT AGAIN: US GOVERNMENT COLLECTS RECORD TAX HAUL IN JULY

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Aug 13, 2018

The United States treasury collected the highest level of personal income tax on record in July 2018, smashing estimates and taking in more than $1.4 trillion just months after President Trump signed the sweeping tax overhaul into law. According to CNS News, the federal government collected its high...

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Looking backwards to address the future at the expense of youth and communities LOOKING BACKWARDS TO ADDRESS THE FUTURE AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITIES

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Aug 13, 2018

On July 3, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded 24 guidance documents, which included seven related to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). These documents provide guidance to the states on key youth justice issues, including how to monitor youth justice facilities ...

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Doe v. Mattis and the Right of Citizens to Return to the United States DOE V. MATTIS AND THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES

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Aug 13, 2018

A joint status report is expected Monday in Doe v. Mattis, in which the United States and the ACLU are locked in legal battle over the fate of an unnamed U.S.-Saudi dual citizen whom the U.S. alleges to be an enemy combatant captured in Syria. The case presents lots of interesting legal issues, many...

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How the Federal Government Came to Control Your Car HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAME TO CONTROL YOUR CAR'S FUEL ECONOMY

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Aug 13, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency in August announced a plan to freeze fuel economy standards and revoke the ability of California to set more stringent rules than the national ones, prompting a legal showdown between the state and the federal government. The proposal, which would keep fuel econom...

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A Federal Perspective on Security Operations Centers as a Service A FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE ON SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTERS AS A SERVICE

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Aug 13, 2018

It’s no secret that, with advancements in security technology and processes, it is critical for federal agencies to examine security operations and improve the way they protect sensitive information. IT modernization continues to remain a priority for the federal government. SOCaaS is one way ...

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Florida Secretary of State questions Bill Nelson FLORIDA SECRETARY OF STATE QUESTIONS BILL NELSON'S CLAIM OF ELECTION HACKING

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Aug 10, 2018

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner wants clarification from the U.S. Senate on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s comments to reporters that Russians have “penetrated” some voter-registration systems. Detzner sent a letter Thursday to Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C...

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The Helsinki Summit and great power competition THE HELSINKI SUMMIT AND GREAT POWER COMPETITION

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Aug 09, 2018

Last December, the Trump administration released its National Security Strategy, identifying Russia and China as America’s geopolitical rivals and top security challenges. In subsequent months, policy debates between the U.S., Russia, and China have taken on deeper significance. It is in this ...

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This is on us, America THIS IS ON US, AMERICA

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Aug 07, 2018

The Bible tells us the story about two women who both claimed to be mothers of a single child, with King Solomon asked to decide custody. In his wisdom, Solomon demands a sword, announcing that out of fairness he will have to slice the baby in two and give each woman half. One woman then begs him to...

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Booz Allen tapped for U.S. Air Force cyber support BOOZ ALLEN TAPPED FOR U.S. AIR FORCE CYBER SUPPORT

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Aug 07, 2018

Information technology consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a $47,4 million contract for operational resilient cyber advancements for U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 6 August. The contract award from U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory enables the ...

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Why the U.S. anti-smoking campaign is a great model for fighting disinformation WHY THE U.S. ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN IS A GREAT MODEL FOR FIGHTING DISINFORMATION

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Aug 07, 2018

Russia plans to disrupt the midterm elections in November. That, at least, was the surprisingly frank conclusion announced by several Trump administration officials in a joint news conference on Thursday. FBI Director Christopher A. Wray described what he called ongoing “information warfare&rd...

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Internet sales tax gives e-commerce companies a stake in local government INTERNET SALES TAX GIVES E-COMMERCE COMPANIES A STAKE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Aug 07, 2018

As our economy becomes increasingly digitized, more transactions are moving online and outside of local tax jurisdictions, costing states billions in lost sales tax revenue. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair has opened the door for states to collect sales tax on onlin...

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Director of Federal Background Investigations Supports Complete Shift to Pentagon DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS SUPPORTS COMPLETE SHIFT TO PENTAGON

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Aug 07, 2018

Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), said today at an event hosted by Nextgov and Equifax that he supports a proposal in the President’s government reform and reorganization plan to move NBIB “in its entirety from the Office of Personnel Manag...

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California’s Prime Healthcare to pay $65 million to settle Medicare fraud lawsuit CALIFORNIA’S PRIME HEALTHCARE TO PAY $65 MILLION TO SETTLE MEDICARE FRAUD LAWSUIT

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Aug 06, 2018

Prime Healthcare Services will pay $65 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit that accused the fast-growing California hospital chain of engineering a wide-ranging Medicare fraud scheme. The settlement, announced Friday by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, requires Dr. Prem Reddy, Prime...

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The state of US immigration policy and how to improve it THE STATE OF US IMMIGRATION POLICY AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT

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Aug 06, 2018

The Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border captured national attention and sparked protests across the country. Combined with the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump’s travel ban, this development has broug...

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Both renters and homeowners could benefit from better housing policy BOTH RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS COULD BENEFIT FROM BETTER HOUSING POLICY

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Aug 06, 2018

American families have been feeling the pinch of rising housing costs for several years. State and federal policymakers have therefore started to propose new interventions to help. Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker both representing states with high housing costs and both presumed Democratic pr...

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How Blockchain is Empowering Cyberpunks and Governments Alike HOW BLOCKCHAIN IS EMPOWERING CYBERPUNKS AND GOVERNMENTS ALIKE

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Aug 03, 2018

It’s perhaps ironic that a technology created to bypass central authority might one day become that central authority’s key engine of innovation. Such is the case with distributed ledger technology, better known as blockchain. Blockchain was introduced to the world as the record-keeping ...

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U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Announces $45 Million in Whistleblower Awards U.S. COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION IN WHISTLEBLOWER AWARDS

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Aug 02, 2018

$45 million. That’s how much the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)’s whistleblower program has given in awards to everyday individuals who came forward with crucial information, helping just this one branch of the U.S. government stop criminals from profiting from their illicit...

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Trump Legal Fund Remains Mum on Donors, Payments TRUMP LEGAL FUND REMAINS MUM ON DONORS, PAYMENTS

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Aug 02, 2018

The legal expense fund set up to help people questioned in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s links to Russia is still refusing to disclose where its money comes from and who it is paying. The Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust LLC missed a second quarterly disclosure deadline in July, fo...

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Group Says Court Ruling Guts Campaign Money Law, Seeks Reversal GROUP SAYS COURT RULING GUTS CAMPAIGN MONEY LAW, SEEKS REVERSAL

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Aug 01, 2018

The full federal appeals court in Washington should overturn a panel decision that “will eviscerate federal campaign finance law if left uncorrected,” the nonprofit watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in a filing with the court. The petition filed Friday wi...

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Senate Clears $717 Billion Defense Bill Now Headed to Trump SENATE CLEARS $717 BILLION DEFENSE BILL NOW HEADED TO TRUMP

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Aug 01, 2018

The Senate voted 87-10 today to clear the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The Navy would be allowed to buy two new aircraft carriers next fiscal year and U.S. troops would receive a pay increase of 2.6 percent under the $717 billion compr...

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Pentagon Moves Forward With Space Force, Though Congress Hasn PENTAGON MOVES FORWARD WITH SPACE FORCE, THOUGH CONGRESS HASN'T APPROVED IT YET

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Jul 31, 2018

Congress has yet to approve President Donald Trump's proposed Space Force, but that hasn't kept the Defense Department from moving forward as far as it can with the idea. In coming months, Defense Department leaders plan to stand up three of the four components of the new Space Force: a new ...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN THREATENS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OVER IMMIGRATION PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN THREATENS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OVER IMMIGRATION

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Jul 30, 2018

Two months before a funding deadline for the U.S. Government, President Donald Trump on Monday signaled that he would favor using the threat of a government shutdown to force action on tougher immigration legislation, arguing once more that the Congress needs to vote on major changes to current U.S....

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Massive Defense, Domestic Spending Deal on Horizon for Senate MASSIVE DEFENSE, DOMESTIC SPENDING DEAL ON HORIZON FOR SENATE

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Jul 30, 2018

Lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan to combine their two largest fiscal 2019 spending bills in a package covering about two-thirds of federal discretionary spending, operating under the assumption that President Donald Trump will support the move. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-...

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Pentagon Signs $885 Million Artificial Intelligence Contract with Booz Allen PENTAGON SIGNS $885 MILLION ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CONTRACT WITH BOOZ ALLEN

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Jul 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense will for the first time be using large-scale artificial intelligence systems that could automate mundane tasks and augment the work of military members as a result of an $885 million five-year contract, said Josh Sullivan, senior vice president at government consulting...

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Dreamer Protections in Homeland Bill Tied to More Wall Money DREAMER PROTECTIONS IN HOMELAND BILL TIED TO MORE WALL MONEY

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Jul 27, 2018

A bipartisan provision to give undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a one-year reprieve was included in a House Homeland Security spending measure that also would fund President Donald Trump’s border barrier in a move that could become Congress’s substitute for a broad...

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Pay for Play on Capitol Hill PAY FOR PLAY ON CAPITOL HILL

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Jul 27, 2018

There’s a strange form of kabuki theater that plays out almost every business day in Washington D.C. Somewhere in the Capitol building, the members of some congressional committee or sub-committee get together before the television cameras to grill some hapless billionaire or bureaucrat about ...

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Senator Bugged by Taxpayer Funding for Edible Insects Research SENATOR BUGGED BY TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR EDIBLE INSECTS RESEARCH

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Jul 26, 2018

A senator is aiming to take crickets off the menu, with an amendment to spending legislation that would block taxpayer funding for researching foods made from insects. “Its just another example of wasted taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told Bloomberg Government Wednesday. Fl...

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The Delusion of a Win-Win Trade War THE DELUSION OF A WIN-WIN TRADE WAR

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Jul 26, 2018

It is no surprise that President Trump’s trade war has many supporters. An understanding of the law of comparative advantage has never been a prominent feature of people’s knowledge in the USA or anywhere else. And special interests have honed their propaganda over centuries of angling f...

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On the record: The U.S. administration’s actions on Russia ON THE RECORD: THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION’S ACTIONS ON RUSSIA

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Jul 26, 2018

On July 24, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified on U.S. policy toward Russia before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He listed the administration’s actions on Russia, which include 213 sanctions against Russian individuals and entities, approval of weapons sales to Ukraine, t...

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Raise Gas Taxes Temporarily for Highway Trust Fund, Shuster Says RAISE GAS TAXES TEMPORARILY FOR HIGHWAY TRUST FUND, SHUSTER SAYS

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Jul 25, 2018

A plan to raise the gas tax before phasing it out with a new revenue source to shore up the Highway Trust Fund is the parting gift that outgoing House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) wants to leave for his fellow Republicans. Shuster released his infrastructure legisl...

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New Commission To Consider Transfer of State Assets to Pension Funds NEW COMMISSION TO CONSIDER TRANSFER OF STATE ASSETS TO PENSION FUNDS

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Jul 24, 2018

Connecticut’s new Pension Sustainability Commission held a press conference today in the Legislative Office Building to announce its mission: to consider transferring state assets to Connecticut's pension funds to help reduce the state's unfunded liabilities. Commission chairman Rep. J...

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The Republican Carbon Tax Bill Would Create Powerful Commission With Access to All Government Data THE REPUBLICAN CARBON TAX BILL WOULD CREATE POWERFUL COMMISSION WITH ACCESS TO ALL GOVERNMENT DATA

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Jul 24, 2018

Buried inside a carbon tax plan unveiled Monday by a Florida Republican is a plan to create a National Climate Commission and give it virtually unlimited access to government data on American businesses. The National Climate Commission would meet once every three years, be staffed with a mix of acad...

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Democrats’ Message on Higher Education: We’re Not the GOP DEMOCRATS’ MESSAGE ON HIGHER EDUCATION: WE’RE NOT THE GOP

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Jul 24, 2018

A higher education bill House Democrats will introduce today will serve as both a blueprint and a campaign trail talking point meant to contrast Democratic lawmakers’ plans for higher education with those of their Republican counterparts. The measure from House Democrats on the Education and t...

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How Government Can Best Address Cyber Risks HOW GOVERNMENT CAN BEST ADDRESS CYBER RISKS

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Jul 24, 2018

Agencies increasingly rely on social media, the Internet of Things, mobile and cloud computing to execute their missions. While those technologies have empowered employees and improved the efficiency and delivery of government services, they also have exposed agencies to greater data security risks....

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An Orlando judge was a signee on FISA surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page AN ORLANDO JUDGE WAS A SIGNEE ON FISA SURVEILLANCE OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER CARTER PAGE

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Jul 23, 2018

Anne Conway, an Orlando-area federal judge, was one of four signatures approving the FBI's request to wiretap Carter Page, a former adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, according to more than 400 pages of documents relating to Page's surveillance. The Trum...

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BGOV’s Federal Civilian Property Dashboard Maps Business Opportunities BGOV’S FEDERAL CIVILIAN PROPERTY DASHBOARD MAPS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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Jul 20, 2018

Details on more than 250,000 civilian agency properties in the government’s inventory, including buildings in need of upgrades, with expiring leases, or declared as surplus and intended for disposal, can be found in Bloomberg Government’s new Federal Civilian Property Dashboard. The dash...

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Trump-Backed Coast Guard Icebreaker Runs Aground in House Bill TRUMP-BACKED COAST GUARD ICEBREAKER RUNS AGROUND IN HOUSE BILL

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Jul 20, 2018

The future of the U.S. Coast Guard’s mission in the Arctic could be in jeopardy, as a draft House spending measure approved today wouldn’t fund a new polar icebreaker that had received backing from President Donald Trump. The Trump administration requested $750 million for a new heavy po...

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Government Reshuffle Plan Still Lacking in Details, Senators Say GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE PLAN STILL LACKING IN DETAILS, SENATORS SAY

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Jul 19, 2018

Senators demanded more details about President Donald Trump’s plan to revamp the federal government as an administration official said the White House was looking into carrying out about a third of the recommendations without congressional approval. “The proposals are at varying degrees ...

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FAA Bill Authors Want Clean Tax Title Without GOP Tax Law Fixes FAA BILL AUTHORS WANT CLEAN TAX TITLE WITHOUT GOP TAX LAW FIXES

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Jul 19, 2018

The Senate aviation bill’s authors want to prevent its tax title long-seen as an opportunity to pass fixes to Republican tax breaks from sinking the bill, they told Bloomberg Government. More than 100 amendments have been proposed for the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S...

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Democrats Prepping Own Higher Education Bill as GOP Stumbles DEMOCRATS PREPPING OWN HIGHER EDUCATION BILL AS GOP STUMBLES

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Jul 19, 2018

A group of House Democrats is gearing up to release a higher education reauthorization bill as the Republicans’ attempt to update the law heads back to the drawing board after failing to win enough support in the GOP conference. Democrats could release their bill, which is still being drawn up...

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Democrats Tops in Cash Among Midterm Election House Challengers DEMOCRATS TOPS IN CASH AMONG MIDTERM ELECTION HOUSE CHALLENGERS

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Jul 18, 2018

Democrats dominate the best-funded House candidates seeking to unseat incumbents in November. All 25 challenges with the most campaign cash-on-hand are Democrats, as are all but three of the 46 with at least $500,000 in their accounts, according to a Bloomberg Government review of reports filed with...

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NY files lawsuit claiming 2017 federal tax law is unconstitutional NY FILES LAWSUIT CLAIMING 2017 FEDERAL TAX LAW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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Jul 17, 2018

New York is joining three other states in a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's signature legislative achievement: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a 2017 law that slashed corporate and income tax rates and significantly altered a provision important to high-tax states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ...

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Why didn’t investors demand higher yields for buying Puerto Rican government bonds? WHY DIDN’T INVESTORS DEMAND HIGHER YIELDS FOR BUYING PUERTO RICAN GOVERNMENT BONDS?

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Jul 16, 2018

For years, Puerto Rico’s economic and fiscal picture was deteriorating. Between 2005 and 2013, real GDP declined by 15 percent, while between 2000 and 2015 Puerto Rico’s government liabilities to GDP grew from 70 percent to 109 percent. Nevertheless, investors continued to purchase milli...

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House Passes Bill Giving White House More Regulatory Oversight HOUSE PASSES BILL GIVING WHITE HOUSE MORE REGULATORY OVERSIGHT

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Jul 16, 2018

A bill that would expand the administration’s oversight authority to rules issued by most independent regulatory agencies won House passage July 13 by a 230-168 vote. The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (H.R. 50), sponsored by House Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Vir...

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Another Brick in the Wall? Army Corps Seeks Border Contractors ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL? ARMY CORPS SEEKS BORDER CONTRACTORS

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Jul 16, 2018

In the latest step in the Trump Administration’s effort to enhance the security along the southwest U.S. border, the Army Corps of Engineers released a Prequalification of Sources announcement on July 12 to develop a list of potential builders for the Department of Homeland Security’s &l...

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Protecting and Promoting Public Health: Advancing the FDA’s Medical Countermeasures Mission PROTECTING AND PROMOTING PUBLIC HEALTH: ADVANCING THE FDA’S MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES MISSION

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Jul 16, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s wide-ranging public health responsibilities include the vital role we play on the frontlines of national security by facilitating the development and availability of safe and effective medical countermeasures. These are the vaccines, diagnostics, and the...

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How closures of local newspapers increase local government borrowing costs HOW CLOSURES OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS INCREASE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BORROWING COSTS

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Jul 16, 2018

Local newspaper closures increase local government borrowing costs, according to a paper to be presented at the 2018 Municipal Finance Conference at Brookings. The paper, “Financing Dies in Darkness? The Impact of Newspaper Closures on Public Finance,” also finds that local newspapers ar...

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‘Careless, Clueless, and Criminal’ Drone Use Worries Lawmakers ‘CARELESS, CLUELESS, AND CRIMINAL’ DRONE USE WORRIES LAWMAKERS

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Jul 13, 2018

Drone industry and federal agency representatives Wednesday unanimously supported the advancement of anti-drone technology, citing hobbyist and criminal device use as a threat to U.S. airspace at a House Transportation subcommittee roundtable. The rapid expansion of the drone market has pushed suppl...

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House Farm Bill SNAP Work Rules Unacceptable, Stabenow Says HOUSE FARM BILL SNAP WORK RULES UNACCEPTABLE, STABENOW SAYS

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Jul 13, 2018

House lawmakers are likely to vote next week to try to hammer out differences with the Senate over the farm bill, but a top Democratic farm senator said the House bill includes food stamp work requirements the Senate won’t accept. Senate Agriculture ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) sai...

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US government reaches an agreement with China’s ZTE Corp to lift ban US GOVERNMENT REACHES AN AGREEMENT WITH CHINA’S ZTE CORP TO LIFT BAN

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Jul 12, 2018

ZTE Corp, one of the leading Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturer from China, was banned from doing business with the companies based in the United States. However, the company was in talks with the U.S. government to lift that ban. The ban was imposed after ZTE Corp. broke an agreement ...

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UMITA is the bipartisan regulatory relief Americans need UMITA IS THE BIPARTISAN REGULATORY RELIEF AMERICANS NEED

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Jul 12, 2018

Each year, Washington imposes thousands of pages of rules and regulations on America’s commerce, our respective states, and local governments. Buried in those pages are costly, unfunded federal mandates that make it harder for businesses to hire and cash-strapped states, counties, and cities t...

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Homeland Security should consider filling vacancies at the top before tackling department reform HOMELAND SECURITY SHOULD CONSIDER FILLING VACANCIES AT THE TOP BEFORE TACKLING DEPARTMENT REFORM

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Jul 12, 2018

Vacancies at the deputy level in the Department of Homeland Security are beginning to pile up. Since the spring, the department has been without a permanent deputy secretary, a critical position in the third-largest Cabinet department in the federal government. And a half-dozen key managers in opera...

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Fed Execs Weigh in on Modernizing CPIC Process FED EXECS WEIGH IN ON MODERNIZING CPIC PROCESS

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Jul 11, 2018

At today’s TBM Council Public Sector Summit, three government leaders stressed the importance of evolving the Federal government’s Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process and the role Technology Business Management (TBM) can play in that evolution. CPIC is a systematic app...

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Official With For-Profit Ties to Oversee Postsecondary Education OFFICIAL WITH FOR-PROFIT TIES TO OVERSEE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

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Jul 11, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has delegated the role of assistant secretary of postsecondary education to Diane Auer Jones, whom Democrats have been wary of because of her ties to for-profit colleges and universities. Jones formerly held the role in the administration of George W. Bush and has rec...

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US approves AIM-120 advanced air-to-air missile sale to UK and Denmark US APPROVES AIM-120 ADVANCED AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE SALE TO UK AND DENMARK

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Jul 10, 2018

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles to the United Kingdom and Denmark. The sales, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 10 July, is valued at USD650 million for the United Kingdom and USD90 mi...

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Oversight is fundamental for a functioning federal government OVERSIGHT IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR A FUNCTIONING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Jul 10, 2018

An essential function of American government is our system of checks and balances. Our Founding Fathers purposely structured it that way to ensure that no one branch would become too powerful. Congressional oversight is one vehicle to fulfill those checks. Through tools such as letters, briefings, h...

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Would a National Apprenticeship Policy Solve the US Labor Crunch? WOULD A NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP POLICY SOLVE THE US LABOR CRUNCH?

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Jul 10, 2018

In Scotland, the central government provides significant support for workforce development through the Skills Development Scotland agency. Among other missions, SDS directs Scotland’s national apprenticeship programs and prioritizes areas of focus. That’s a far cry from the US, where emp...

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The US Ranks Last in Health Care System Performance THE US RANKS LAST IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

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Jul 09, 2018

The link between health and happiness is one of the best-documented in the study of well being. Simply put, one's health overview meaning access to care, affordability, and quality of outcomes has a dramatic effect on one's level of happiness. Specific health problems like heart disease, dia...

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Washington Post Analysis of Immigrant Admissions Under Trump Ignores Half of All Immigrants to Reach Erroneous Conclusions WASHINGTON POST ANALYSIS OF IMMIGRANT ADMISSIONS UNDER TRUMP IGNORES HALF OF ALL IMMIGRANTS TO REACH ERRONEOUS CONCLUSIONS

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Jul 09, 2018

A recent story in the Washington Post concluding that the Trump administration is deliberately suppressing immigration, especially from Muslim-majority countries, is based on a deeply flawed analysis that included statistics for only half of all recent immigrant admissions. As a result, the Post'...

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The British government is in crisis, again. Enter Trump, stage right, again THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS IN CRISIS, AGAIN. ENTER TRUMP, STAGE RIGHT, AGAIN

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Jul 09, 2018

Trump says he likes things ‘nice and complicated’ – well, in that case, he couldn’t be coming to Britain at a better time. Theresa May’s newly hatched soft Brexit plan, announced on Friday, has triggered two major resignations from her cabinet and another political cris...

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Federal Spending Site Still Lacks Data After Revamp, Report Says FEDERAL SPENDING SITE STILL LACKS DATA AFTER REVAMP, REPORT SAYS

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Jul 06, 2018

A recently revamped federal website designed to make contract spending information publicly accessible is plagued with major data gaps, a watchdog group reports. A new version of the Treasury Department-run USAspending.gov, officially launched March 2, was designed to remedy missing or faulty inform...

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Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: June 2018 CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT ON NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS: JUNE 2018

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Jul 06, 2018

A year ago, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of June. It includes perceptions about government institutions and about the two major political parties’ h...

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Can You Tell the Difference Between the Trump and Obama Management Agendas? CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRUMP AND OBAMA MANAGEMENT AGENDAS?

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Jul 06, 2018

Improving government management is one of the few remaining bipartisan endeavors in Washington. Whether a Democrat or a Republican is in the White House, the key tenets of recent management reform efforts tend to be similar, from overhauling the federal civil service to modernizing government’...

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Trump’s Unseen Battle With the US Government TRUMP’S UNSEEN BATTLE WITH THE US GOVERNMENT

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Jul 05, 2018

President Trump is insisting on meeting Vladimir Putin one on one, without any aides present, according to CNN. Trump appears to have a special affinity for private meetings with Putin. When the two met last year in Hamburg, Germany they met first with only Rex Tillerson present on the U.S. side. Tr...

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Celebrate the Advance of Freedom on Independence Day CELEBRATE THE ADVANCE OF FREEDOM ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Jul 05, 2018

This Independence Day liberty-loving Americans had much to be grateful for. In the first half of 2018, champions of freedom have accomplished some of the biggest victories in decades. As freedom advances and tyranny loses ground, the battle for the soul of America seems to be headed back in the righ...

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Nearly 14K immigrants to become citizens on July 4 NEARLY 14K IMMIGRANTS TO BECOME CITIZENS ON JULY 4

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Jul 04, 2018

Nearly 14,000 immigrants will become American citizens in more than two dozen naturalization ceremonies this Fourth of July. The thousands of immigrants, slightly fewer than last year, will take the oath of allegiance in 27 naturalization ceremonies held nationwide on Wednesday, according to ABC New...

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Democrats Object as Transit Grants Get the Gateway Treatment DEMOCRATS OBJECT AS TRANSIT GRANTS GET THE GATEWAY TREATMENT

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Jul 03, 2018

Critical rail and bus rapid transit projects could be collateral damage in the Trump administration’s crusade against the Gateway Project, Democratic appropriators said in response to a letter by the agency overseeing transit grants. The Federal Transit Administration sent a letter late Friday...

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Grassroots Leadership Lessons from the Founders GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE FOUNDERS

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Jul 03, 2018

When contemplating how to improve your advocacy results, it’s always wise to reflect on immutable advocacy truths those principles that, regardless of time and season, do not change. This time of year, it’s wise to remember the paragons of grassroots advocacy, the Founding Fathers, and h...

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Politicians Have Abolished the Abolition of Federal Agencies POLITICIANS HAVE ABOLISHED THE ABOLITION OF FEDERAL AGENCIES

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Jul 03, 2018

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and other prominent Democrats want to abolish the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency commonly known as ICE. Rep. Mark Pocan plans to introduce a bill that would eliminate the agency, which dates to the administration of George W. Bush. Whatever the merits of a...

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For Defense Conference Committee, Less Drama Than Last Year FOR DEFENSE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, LESS DRAMA THAN LAST YEAR

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Jul 02, 2018

Several acquisition issues are in play as Congress prepares to begin work on its defense authorization conference committee, including commercial item simplification, the Pentagon’s delayed cloud computer contract, and contractor security clearances. Yet as they pertain to contracting and proc...

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The NSA and the USA Freedom Act THE NSA AND THE USA FREEDOM ACT

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Jul 02, 2018

The National Security Agency has announced a startling failure in the implementation of the USA Freedom Act of 2015. According to a public statement released by NSA on June 28, the call detail records that NSA has been receiving from telephone companies under the Act are infected with errors, NSA ca...

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A Democratic resistance plan on foreign policy A DEMOCRATIC RESISTANCE PLAN ON FOREIGN POLICY

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Jun 29, 2018

The past weeks in U.S. foreign policy have revealed how utterly ill-equipped this president is at pursuing our interests abroad or protecting the homeland. Consider the recent tumult: earning worldwide condemnation for separating families at the border, pulling the U.S. out of the United Nations Hum...

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Trump tightens the screws on Iran’s oil TRUMP TIGHTENS THE SCREWS ON IRAN’S OIL

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Jun 29, 2018

The Trump administration is pushing its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran into overdrive, with Tuesday’s announcement that the State Department is aiming to cut off all Iranian oil exports by November. As this move underscores, Washington has abandoned the fig leaf of diplom...

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Trump’s Pitch for Increase in Border Funds Hits Wall in Senate TRUMP’S PITCH FOR INCREASE IN BORDER FUNDS HITS WALL IN SENATE

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Jun 29, 2018

President Donald Trump’s request for more border wall funds faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where even key Republican allies doubt they have the money or the support. The Senate Homeland Security spending bill already includes a generous amount, $1.6 billion, Senate Appropriations Chairm...

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How the ballooning federal debt threatens U.S. defense HOW THE BALLOONING FEDERAL DEBT THREATENS U.S. DEFENSE

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Jun 27, 2018

On June 18, the Senate passed its version of 2019 defense authorization bill. Continuing the recent trend of raising defense spending, the bill proposes an $82 billion increase from 2017, resulting in an overall total defense budget of $716 billion. In an unusually bipartisan sign of cooperative gov...

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Government Makeover Fans Look to Obama Era for Strategy GOVERNMENT MAKEOVER FANS LOOK TO OBAMA ERA FOR STRATEGY

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Jun 27, 2018

Republicans who want to expedite execution of President Donald Trump’s plan to merge several federal agencies are getting inspiration from an unlikely source: Senate Democrats under Obama. Senate Republicans are considering legislation that would reinstate the so-called president’s reorg...

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Who Should File as a Foreign Agent Is a Tough One to Figure Out WHO SHOULD FILE AS A FOREIGN AGENT IS A TOUGH ONE TO FIGURE OUT

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Jun 26, 2018

A $39 billion merger needed U.S. government approval, so executives of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom asked for guidance on staying on the right side of American laws requiring agents of foreign government to file disclosure reports. The Justice Department told the Deutsche Telekom officials they ...

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The government won’t release records on housing migrant children so we sued THE GOVERNMENT WON’T RELEASE RECORDS ON HOUSING MIGRANT CHILDREN SO WE SUED

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Jun 26, 2018

Seven months ago, Reveal asked to see the agreements between the federal government and the companies it pays to house immigrant children. It took three months before we got a confirmation that our Freedom of Information Act request had been received, and four months after that, the government still...

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Pa. proposal would boost overtime for half a million workers PA. PROPOSAL WOULD BOOST OVERTIME FOR HALF A MILLION WORKERS

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Jun 26, 2018

The Trump administration hasn’t acted yet on a stalled 2016 federal proposal to update U.S. overtime pay rules for the first time in 14 years. So, Gov. Wolf is pushing a proposal he says could boost overtime pay (or cut hours) for nearly half a million Pennsylvania workers by 2022. The state L...

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Local government and cybersecurity Working with all the stakeholders LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CYBERSECURITY WORKING WITH ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS

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Jun 22, 2018

On the morning of March 22, Atlanta came under attack by cyber criminals who took the city government's data and systems hostage, demanding $51,000 in Bitcoin to decrypt the data. The ransomware attack was successful, and portions of the city’s digital infrastructure were compromised. Just...

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Trump’s Agency Shuffle Plan Faces Uphill Climb on Capitol Hill TRUMP’S AGENCY SHUFFLE PLAN FACES UPHILL CLIMB ON CAPITOL HILL

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Jun 22, 2018

The Trump administration’s plan to merge the departments of Labor and Education drew a cool reception among key lawmakers whose support would be critical to such an ambitious reorganization of the federal government. The proposal, released by the White House Office of Management and Budget tod...

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White House Agency Reorg Plan Touches Cyber, Service, Background Checks WHITE HOUSE AGENCY REORG PLAN TOUCHES CYBER, SERVICE, BACKGROUND CHECKS

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Jun 21, 2018

While the White House’s proposal to reorganize the functions of many Federal agencies made the biggest headlines today with major steps like the proposed merger of the Departments of Education and Labor, the lengthy proposal document released today also touches on a host of other significant i...

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American Airlines tells feds not to use its planes to carry migrant children separated at border AMERICAN AIRLINES TELLS FEDS NOT TO USE ITS PLANES TO CARRY MIGRANT CHILDREN SEPARATED AT BORDER

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Jun 20, 2018

American Airlines asked the federal government Wednesday to “immediately refrain” from using the airline to transport immigrant children who have been separated from their families at the U.S. border. American said it has “no knowledge” whether migrant children separated from...

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The Government Unjustly Separates American Families Too. But Shouldn’t That Make Us More Sympathetic? THE GOVERNMENT UNJUSTLY SEPARATES AMERICAN FAMILIES TOO. BUT SHOULDN’T THAT MAKE US MORE SYMPATHETIC?

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Jun 20, 2018

President Trump announced today that he would sign an executive order ending automatic separation of immigrant families that enter the country illegally, following days of public outrage over the practice. Not everyone is against these separations, however. A recent poll found that 97 percent of Dem...

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Trump Team Mulls Merger of Education, Labor Departments, Multiple Sources Say TRUMP TEAM MULLS MERGER OF EDUCATION, LABOR DEPARTMENTS, MULTIPLE SOURCES SAY

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Jun 20, 2018

The Trump administration is considering a merger of the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Labor, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the proposal. The plan, which would be part of a broader effort to overhaul the federal government, would require congressional approval. ...

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How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World HOW CHINA’S ECONOMIC AGGRESSION THREATENS THE TECHNOLOGIES AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD

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Jun 20, 2018

The People’s Republic of China (China) has experienced rapid economic growth to become the world’s second-largest economy while modernizing its industrial base and moving up the global value chain. However, much of this growth has been achieved in significant part through aggressive acts...

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ZTE Restrictions Stay in U.S. Senate Defense Policy Bill ZTE RESTRICTIONS STAY IN U.S. SENATE DEFENSE POLICY BILL

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Jun 19, 2018

In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate voted 85-10 to pass a defense authorization bill that would restore penalties on Chinese telecommunication giant ZTE Corp. The inclusion of a bipartisan provision to keep restrictions on the Chinese company, which ran afoul of U.S. sanctions and...

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APA Urges Trump to Change Immigration Policy APA URGES TRUMP TO CHANGE IMMIGRATION POLICY

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Jun 18, 2018

The American Psychological Association has written a letter to President Trump, warning of the lasting psychological harm of family separation and asking the administration to reconsider its immigration policy. Decades of research have demonstrated that family separation can lead to anxiety, depress...

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US should have signed the plastics charter US SHOULD HAVE SIGNED THE PLASTICS CHARTER

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Jun 18, 2018

The United States government should have signed the G7's plastics charter. The document, agreed to by leaders of five of the G7 industrial democracies at their annual summit June 9, is a strong statement of their intention for more sustainable use of plastics. Long term, I think not signing it w...

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House GOP caught in immigration limbo HOUSE GOP CAUGHT IN IMMIGRATION LIMBO

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Jun 18, 2018

House Republicans are scrambling to resuscitate their immigration plan after President Trump sparked chaos on Capitol Hill by sending mixed signals about what he supports. The fate of two immigration bills House GOP leadership planned to vote on this week remains unknown following confusion on Capit...

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How Does Arizona Government Address Information Security? HOW DOES ARIZONA GOVERNMENT ADDRESS INFORMATION SECURITY?

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Jun 17, 2018

Arizona, like every other government entity around the world, is facing a steadily growing barrage of online threats. According to the Arizona Department of Administration, cyber attacks against the Grand Canyon (and cactus) state. So what’s being done to improve online defenses in Arizona Gov...

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Recovering From the Trump Foreign Policy RECOVERING FROM THE TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY

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Jun 14, 2018

With Donald Trump as president, analysis and commentary are often chasing headlines. Whether it is his decision to disinvite the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, his declaration that he is the law when it comes to the Mueller investigation or the tirade against Canada, it’s hard to avoi...

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Dollar stronger as investors wait on Fed meeting DOLLAR STRONGER AS INVESTORS WAIT ON FED MEETING

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Jun 13, 2018

Politics and economics combined to send sterling all around the houses yesterday, although GBPEUR and GBPUSD are little changed from where we opened up yesterday. The economics of the labour market was enough to send the pound lower. The juxtaposition of an increase in the employment rate to a recor...

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US foreign aid transparency How to fix dueling dashboards US FOREIGN AID TRANSPARENCY HOW TO FIX DUELING DASHBOARDS

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Jun 13, 2018

The U.S. publishes an enormous amount of data on foreign assistance including detailed information on budgets, spending, and results as well as what could be considered electronic libraries of documents on projects, evaluations, and contracts. Just finding all the information scattered across a mult...

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Singapore Summit The Meeting Is The Message SINGAPORE SUMMIT THE MEETING IS THE MESSAGE

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Jun 12, 2018

Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Unchanged the trajectory of the U.S.-North Korea relationship from confrontation toward cooperation and provided dramatic images of reconciliation with their well-hyped June 12, 2018 summit meeting in Singapore. This meeting has bought time to address North Korea’s...

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Presidential Innovation Fellows now accepting fall 2018 applications PRESIDENTIAL INNOVATION FELLOWS NOW ACCEPTING FALL 2018 APPLICATIONS

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Jun 12, 2018

The federal government needs the technology and leadership skills you’ve developed in the private sector to modernize the way government meets its mission. If you’ve ever been interested in civic technology, now is the time to apply for the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) Fall 2018...

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Education Dept. Issues Remain with Troubled Accreditor ACICS EDUCATION DEPT. ISSUES REMAIN WITH TROUBLED ACCREDITOR ACICS

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Jun 11, 2018

Education Department staff recommended top officials deny federal recognition to a troubled college accrediting agency after they found more than 50 areas where the agency was not in compliance with federal law, according to a draft report. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and School...

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Trump Administration Cyber Reports Offer No New Ideas and Highlight Problems with Its Own Actions TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CYBER REPORTS OFFER NO NEW IDEAS AND HIGHLIGHT PROBLEMS WITH ITS OWN ACTIONS

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Jun 11, 2018

On May 31, the State Department released summaries of reports on deterrence and international engagement in cyberspace. In Executive Order 13800, President Donald J. Trump instructed federal agencies to produce a report on “options for deterring adversaries.” The order also instructed th...

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Former FDIC Chair Says The Fed Should ‘Get Serious’ About Crypto FORMER FDIC CHAIR SAYS THE FED SHOULD ‘GET SERIOUS’ ABOUT CRYPTO

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Jun 11, 2018

The Federal Reserve ought to genuinely think about its own cryptocurrency, the previous leader of the U.S. government’s deposit insurance corporation wrote. In a piece distributed Friday by Yahoo Finance, Sheila Bair, the previous seat of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), st...

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WSJ City Trump to Push Aggressive Trade Agenda at G7, ZTE Nears Life-Saving Deal WSJ CITY TRUMP TO PUSH AGGRESSIVE TRADE AGENDA AT G7, ZTE NEARS LIFE-SAVING DEAL

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Jun 07, 2018

Heading into this weekend’s G7 meeting, Donald Trump has signaled his intention to continue pursuing an aggressive trade agenda even if it comes at the expense of America’s standing in the world. The ‘world trade system is a mess,’ said Lawrence Kudlow, the president’s ...

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House of Lords Trash Government’s 10Mbps UK Broadband USO Again HOUSE OF LORDS TRASH GOVERNMENT’S 10MBPS UK BROADBAND USO AGAIN

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Jun 06, 2018

The House of Lords was yesterday given the opportunity to debate the Government’s new 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation (USO) for fixed line broadband (implemented from 2020). Perhaps unsurprisingly they trashed it, while also calling for a “more ambitious” minimum speed of 30Mbp...

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New Money, Old Secrecy Pentagon Keeps Troop, Budget Data Tight NEW MONEY, OLD SECRECY PENTAGON KEEPS TROOP, BUDGET DATA TIGHT

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Jun 05, 2018

The Pentagon will be the beneficiary of a big cash infusion as lawmakers divvy up the spoils from a spring congressional funding accord. Yet more money hasn’t meant more transparency in how it’ll be spent, and lawmakers overseeing the defense budget have aided some of the secrecy. Critic...

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AWS and SAP partner on highly secure government cloud offering AWS AND SAP PARTNER ON HIGHLY SECURE GOVERNMENT CLOUD OFFERING

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Jun 05, 2018

SAP National Security Services Inc., a subsidiary of enterprise software giant SAP SE that offers services for the U.S. national security and critical infrastructure sectors, is teaming up with Amazon Web Services Inc. on a “highly secure” commercial cloud platform. The partnership fuses...

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Our democracy demands weekend voting OUR DEMOCRACY DEMANDS WEEKEND VOTING

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Jun 05, 2018

This nation was founded upon the principles of free exercise and freedom of political speech. But the health of our democracy is not a constant, and not a given. It depends upon our participation and engagement as individual citizens - our constant pursuit of a more perfect union. And it is only rep...

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Treasury Clampdown Could See Self-Employed Face Higher Taxes TREASURY CLAMPDOWN COULD SEE SELF-EMPLOYED FACE HIGHER TAXES

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Jun 04, 2018

Following plans announced by the government, private sector contractors could face higher tax bills. The Treasury is targeting contractors who use personal service companies to sell their services, enabling the freelancer to avoid paying income tax and NI. The employer also avoids paying NICs. HMRC ...

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Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure STRENGTHENING THE CYBERSECURITY OF FEDERAL NETWORKS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

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Jun 01, 2018

Last month marked the one-year anniversary since President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. In the EO, the President directed departments and agencies to develop multiple reports to further our underst...

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U.S. allies hit back at Trump administration U.S. ALLIES HIT BACK AT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S STEEL, ALUMINUM TARIFFS

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May 31, 2018

Canada and Mexico retaliated against the U.S. government's decision on Thursday to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and the European Union had its own reprisals ready to go, reigniting investor fears of a global trade war. The tariffs, announced by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ros...

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A new government digital services playbook A NEW GOVERNMENT DIGITAL SERVICES PLAYBOOK

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May 31, 2018

In 2014, one of the first arrivals on the scene after the creation of the new U.S. Digital Service was the U.S. Digital Services Playbook, with 13 "plays" to guide government in the successful execution of digital projects. Not coincidentally, 2014 was also the year a new government IT con...

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NYCHA improvements mandated by federal government could cost NYC $1B NYCHA IMPROVEMENTS MANDATED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD COST NYC $1B

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May 31, 2018

New York City will likely have to cough up $1 billion over the next four years to pay for improvements to its public housing stock as part of an agreement with the federal government, Politico New York reported Wednesday. The settlement from federal prosecutors ordering repairs to buildings run by t...

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US govt not to take evidence from ex-British Bankers’ Association employee in LIBOR-rigging case US GOVT NOT TO TAKE EVIDENCE FROM EX-BRITISH BANKERS’ ASSOCIATION EMPLOYEE IN LIBOR-RIGGING CASE

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May 31, 2018

The United States government has once again changed its mind as to whether to interview employees of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) as a part of the criminal case targeting two former Deutsche Bank traders Matthew Connolly and Gavin Campbell Black. Now, however, the government has take...

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Lessons learned from the U.S. experience in Afghanistan LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE U.S. EXPERIENCE IN AFGHANISTAN

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May 30, 2018

The fourth lessons-learned report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (or SIGAR), entitled “Stabilization: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan,” is the culmination of two years of work and examines the U.S. stabilization effort in Afghanistan. It...

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UK Government targets manufacturers with IoT security Code of Practice UK GOVERNMENT TARGETS MANUFACTURERS WITH IOT SECURITY CODE OF PRACTICE

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May 29, 2018

The UK Government has published a draft Code of Practice for the Internet of Things (IoT) which is intended to ensure that IoT devices contain sufficient safeguards to keep people’s data secure. The draft comes in a report entitled Secure by Design which has been produced by the Department for...

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Trump’s executive order on unions will hurt federal employees TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON UNIONS WILL HURT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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May 29, 2018

I was shocked over the weekend to learn about President Donald Trump’s crackdown on federal labor unions because I had just testified at a U.S. House Government Operations Subcommittee hearing on that very subject. During Thursday’s congressional hearing on a federal provision known as u...

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GDPR in the USA: What’s Next? GDPR IN THE USA: WHAT’S NEXT?

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May 27, 2018

GDPR-mania has arrived. With the new European Union (EU) law taking effect on May 25, 2018, the Internet will never be quite the same. Opinions on GDPR are all over the map, and lawsuits have already been filed. Here’s a media roundup on what organizations in the USA and around the world are s...

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Experts IT Modernization Should Improve Citizen Experience EXPERTS IT MODERNIZATION SHOULD IMPROVE CITIZEN EXPERIENCE

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May 25, 2018

IT modernization in the Federal government will require collaboration, effective policies, and a focus on the true end-goal: improving the government experience for citizens, said agency CIOs and industry leaders at a May 23 FedInsider webinar on IT modernization.“I’ve been in government...

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CIO Kent Rethinking Innovation Necessary for U.S. to Remain World Leader CIO KENT RETHINKING INNOVATION NECESSARY FOR U.S. TO REMAIN WORLD LEADER

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May 24, 2018

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said Thursday at IBM’s Think Gov event in Washington that the Federal government must reframe its thinking on emerging technology to remain a world leader in technology innovation. “I wish I could stand here and talk only about innovation an...

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While Agencies Scramble to Spend, SEWP May Help WHILE AGENCIES SCRAMBLE TO SPEND, SEWP MAY HELP

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May 24, 2018

The end-of-year spending spree is set to begin in about a month, as the federal government heads into the last quarter of fiscal 2018. And agencies still have tens of billions of dollars to spend on information technology products and services. As it has in past years, much of that spending will go ...

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US Citizens Warned of Health Risk After Diplomat Suffers Possible Sonic Attack US CITIZENS WARNED OF HEALTH RISK AFTER DIPLOMAT SUFFERS POSSIBLE SONIC ATTACK

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May 24, 2018

The US State Department issued a health alert to its citizens residing in China of a possible "sonic attack" after one of its employees was diagnosed with a brain injury after complaining of strange "sensations of sound and pressure." As seen on its official website, the US Embas...

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We’re Demanding the Government Come Clean on Surveillance of Social Media WE’RE DEMANDING THE GOVERNMENT COME CLEAN ON SURVEILLANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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May 24, 2018

The Trump administration is ramping up surveillance of what people say on social media and it’s doing so largely in secret. Social media surveillance by the government raises serious concerns about free speech, racial and religious profiling, and privacy. The ACLU today filed a Freedom of Info...

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Can Blockchain Restore Americans’ Faith in Government? CAN BLOCKCHAIN RESTORE AMERICANS’ FAITH IN GOVERNMENT?

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May 24, 2018

Americans don’t trust the Federal government. The Pew Research Center found that only 18 percent of Americans say they trust the Feds. It’s small wonder we have a disruptor in chief in the White House. Can technology restore our faith in Uncle Sam? Blockchain, the distributed ledger syst...

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The General Data Protection Regulation sets privacy by default THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION SETS PRIVACY BY DEFAULT

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May 23, 2018

In a few days, the nations of the European Union take the first step to establish a New Digital World Order when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25. For the first time, the government has stepped in on a comprehensive basis to oversee the unregulated collection ...

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GSA Competing $2.5 Billion Payroll Services Contract GSA COMPETING $2.5 BILLION PAYROLL SERVICES CONTRACT

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May 21, 2018

The General Services Administration released a presolicitation on May 17 for a $2.5 billion contract, known as NewPay, that will be used to provide payroll, work schedule, and leave-management shared services for as many as two million federal employees across agencies. NewPay will be a blanket purc...

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Federal Employees Spend Over 3 Million Hours on Union Business FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SPEND OVER 3 MILLION HOURS ON UNION BUSINESS

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May 17, 2018

Federal employee unions enjoy a government subsidy known as “official time” that enables union members to perform union duties while being paid by the taxpayer. During the Obama administration, the costs of the subsidy were rarely reported. At the end of Obama’s presidency, the lat...

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Microsoft, Dell enter into deal with the US Intelligence Community for Microsoft Cloud Services for Government MICROSOFT, DELL ENTER INTO DEAL WITH THE US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FOR MICROSOFT CLOUD SERVICES FOR GOVERNMENT

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May 16, 2018

Microsoft announced Wednesday that the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has extended its digital transformation investment in the company through a transformative agreement worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars over six years. This agreement expands the IC’s use of Microsoft produc...

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Republicans Face Risks With Budget Resolution Before Midterms REPUBLICANS FACE RISKS WITH BUDGET RESOLUTION BEFORE MIDTERMS

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May 11, 2018

Democratic lawmakers, feeling the wind at their backs ahead of the 2018 midterms, have dared Republicans to unveil a fiscal 2019 budget resolution, a document they believe would highlight GOP policies on taxes, health care and retirement security that would provide campaign fodder. House Republicans...

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NIST Looks to Improve Federal Research ROI NIST LOOKS TO IMPROVE FEDERAL RESEARCH ROI

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May 10, 2018

The Federal government invests $150 billion annually in Federal research and development. And the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to make sure the Federal government–and taxpayers–are getting the best return on investment (ROI) possible. To take the temperatur...

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Navy Competing $12.6 Billion in Aircraft Maintenance Contracts NAVY COMPETING $12.6 BILLION IN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS

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May 07, 2018

The U.S. Department of the Navy is moving ahead with plans for a $12.6 billion seven-year aircraft maintenance services and contractor logistics services program that consolidates as many as 15 contracts. Contracted Maintenance, Modification, Aircrew, and Related Services, or CMMARS, will provide th...

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Pentagon Again Extends $20 Billion ITES-2S Contracts PENTAGON AGAIN EXTENDS $20 BILLION ITES-2S CONTRACTS

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May 03, 2018

The U.S. Army will extend the life of its $20 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – 2 Services (ITES-2S) contracts by as much as two years, according to an April statement. It’s the second time the Pentagon has extended ITES-2S. The 10-year contract was initially slated t...

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In final days, Minnesota’s government again shows why it doesn’t work IN FINAL DAYS, MINNESOTA’S GOVERNMENT AGAIN SHOWS WHY IT DOESN’T WORK

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May 03, 2018

We have reached the stage of the Minnesota Legislature’s annual session when it is forced to cram its work into the last few days, creating the illusion that it is working. It’s not. Since Feb. 20, hours of media coverage have been spent on the lawmakers who have, again, wasted the time ...

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Improving upon Trump’s high-risk, low-yield China trade policy IMPROVING UPON TRUMP’S HIGH-RISK, LOW-YIELD CHINA TRADE POLICY

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May 03, 2018

The foundations of the United States-China relationship are as brittle as they have been in decades. A confluence of factors from both sides of the Pacific have pushed the relationship to its present precarious point. China’s mercantilist economic policies bear a significant brunt of the blame...

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Pentagon Seeks Blimps That Can Detect Threats for Saudi Arabia PENTAGON SEEKS BLIMPS THAT CAN DETECT THREATS FOR SAUDI ARABIA

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May 01, 2018

The Pentagon is seeking vendors that can supply Saudi Arabia with moored blimps, fifteen months after the U.S. State Department approved a possible $525 million Foreign Military Sale to the country. The selected contractor will produce, operate, train, sustain, and deliver ten tethered “aerost...

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Trump’s Latest VA Leadership Pick Draws Court Challenge TRUMP’S LATEST VA LEADERSHIP PICK DRAWS COURT CHALLENGE

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May 01, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs leadership could be headed for more turmoil, as acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie’s appointment drew a court challenge. Democracy Forward, in conjunction with VoteVets, filed a lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbi...

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All Eyes on Senate After Resounding House Passage of FAA Bill ALL EYES ON SENATE AFTER RESOUNDING HOUSE PASSAGE OF FAA BILL

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Apr 30, 2018

House passage of Federal Aviation Administration legislation with strong bipartisan support may help press the Senate to move its own measure. The FAA bill (H.R. 4), passed 393 to 13 today, would reauthorize the agency’s drone test ranges, expand its noise mitigation work and bar airlines from...

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US Only Country With Projected Rising Government Debt to GDP Ratio Through 2023 US ONLY COUNTRY WITH PROJECTED RISING GOVERNMENT DEBT TO GDP RATIO THROUGH 2023

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Apr 19, 2018

Where government debt is concerned, advanced economies should be fixing the roof while the sun shines. That’s the central message of a new IMF Fiscal Monitor entitled “Capitalizing on Good Times.” The paper entails projections based on growth forecasts and budget plans of what will...

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School Civil Rights Reviews Decline In Trump Administration SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS REVIEWS DECLINE IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Apr 19, 2018

The Trump administration has decreased the number of reviews into whether schools and colleges are complying with civil rights laws as part of a larger push to boost efficiency at the risk of the less vigorous investigation into larger issues. Only two compliance reviews have been opened by the Educ...

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Eliminating Defense Agencies Could Put $7B in Contracts at Risk ELIMINATING DEFENSE AGENCIES COULD PUT $7B IN CONTRACTS AT RISK

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Apr 18, 2018

About $7 billion worth of contracts to companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. could be on the chopping block under legislation drafted by Rep. Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.“If I am not making somebody nervous, I am not doing anything,” T...

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Blockchain and U.S. state governments: An initial assessment BLOCKCHAIN AND U.S. STATE GOVERNMENTS: AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT

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Apr 17, 2018

The blockchain is no longer just a tool to mine cryptocurrencies or manages databases. Now U.S. state governments have recognized the technology’s potential for the delivery of public services, and are at various stages of implementation. For blockchain to emerge as the technological imperativ...

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FBI Plans Industry Day for $5 billion IT Services Deal FBI PLANS INDUSTRY DAY FOR $5 BILLION IT SERVICES DEAL

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Apr 16, 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is contemplating the creation of a $5 billion, 10-year, “all-encompassing IT services” multiple-award contract, according to April 11 request for information. The contract, known as IT Supplies and Support Services 2, or ITSSS-2, is the focus of this w...

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Why Tax Cuts Aren’t Good News If You Plan to Get a Mortgage WHY TAX CUTS AREN’T GOOD NEWS IF YOU PLAN TO GET A MORTGAGE

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Apr 16, 2018

Tax cuts are great, right? Not necessarily, if you’re planning to get a mortgage in the next few years. Mortgage rates have increased dramatically in 2018, and tax cuts get at least some of the blame for that. Expanding federal budget deficits brought about by the tax cuts could shove mortgage...

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Schumer Wants FAA Bill Delay Until After Elections, Thune Says SCHUMER WANTS FAA BILL DELAY UNTIL AFTER ELECTIONS, THUNE SAYS

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Apr 13, 2018

Federal aviation programs will face yet another extension come September, if Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has his way, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told Bloomberg Government. The FAA reauthorization bills (H.R. 2997, S. 1405) extend aviation programs, include language protecting airli...

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White House Regulation Office Able to Handle Tax Rules Too: Rao WHITE HOUSE REGULATION OFFICE ABLE TO HANDLE TAX RULES TOO: RAO

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Apr 13, 2018

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs can review tax regulations as capable as it reviews the rules of every other executive-branch agency, OIRA Administrator Neomi Rao told Bloomberg Government. “We believe that where we’ve landed is a win for the administration as a whole,&r...

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Pentagon Spending on Tech May Peak at $46.4B in 2019 PENTAGON SPENDING ON TECH MAY PEAK AT $46.4B IN 2019

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Apr 13, 2018

The Department of Defense will avoid aggressive increases in IT spending over the next five years, according to its recently released fiscal 2019 information technology and cyberspace activities budget. That seems contrary to the federal government-wide push to redirect funds to cybersecurity and th...

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Navy’s Budget Challenges Demand Innovative Approach: BGOV Briefing NAVY’S BUDGET CHALLENGES DEMAND INNOVATIVE APPROACH: BGOV BRIEFING

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Apr 11, 2018

The U.S. Navy’s unique mission and its ambitious goals for a 355-ship fleet may not be met unless the service abandons conventional approaches and focuses on emerging technologies, such as unmanned systems, Bloomberg Government analysts said in an April 10 briefing at National Harbor in Maryla...

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Senators Skeptical About Trump Efforts to Cut Funds From Omnibus SENATORS SKEPTICAL ABOUT TRUMP EFFORTS TO CUT FUNDS FROM OMNIBUS

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Apr 11, 2018

Senators are vacillating between reluctance and hostility toward any White House efforts to rescind funds from the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending package that Congress passed last month. Lawmakers said they expect a series of proposed spending cuts from President Donald Trump. Most Republicans said th...

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Ex-Candidates May Face Restrictions on Campaign Cash EX-CANDIDATES MAY FACE RESTRICTIONS ON CAMPAIGN CASH

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Apr 09, 2018

Former Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Aaron Schock learned the hard way that using a campaign war chest as a personal piggy bank is against the law. But what’s a legitimate expense for campaign committees after a politician has retired? The Federal Election Commission is being asked to write new ...

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U.S. Agencies Go Slow on Information Technology Buys U.S. AGENCIES GO SLOW ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BUYS

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Apr 06, 2018

More than halfway through the U.S. government’s fiscal year, federal agencies still have about three-quarters of money budgeted to spend on information technology contracting an estimated $40 billion of approximately $59 billion in fiscal 2018, based on Bloomberg Government’s analysis of...

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Drone Jammer May Evade Procurement Rules in Army Need for Speed DRONE JAMMER MAY EVADE PROCUREMENT RULES IN ARMY NEED FOR SPEED

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Apr 05, 2018

The Pentagon is shifting gears in its strategy to buy a drone-mounted system that can jam enemy radio signals, opting for Other Transaction Authority, which allows for quicker procurement by bypassing many of the rules in Federal Acquisition Regulations. The Army released a Request for Information i...

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Pentagon Eyes `Tiny’ Rockets for Small Reconnaissance Satellites PENTAGON EYES `TINY’ ROCKETS FOR SMALL RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITES

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Apr 04, 2018

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) released a draft request for proposal for the Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket, or RASR, program to boost “tiny” spy satellites into orbit. The NRO, which oversees designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence sat...

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GOVERNMENT WAIVER OF CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS: WHEN AND HOW? GOVERNMENT WAIVER OF CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS: WHEN AND HOW?

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Apr 03, 2018

This blog has discussed situations where the government has waived a delivery schedule in a contract. See “How Many Mistakes Can A Defense Logistics Agency Contracting Officer Make?” (January 2, 2018) and “Was Your Delivery Date Waived? Was Your Default Termination Improper?”...

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US acknowledges potential unauthorized spying devices in DC US ACKNOWLEDGES POTENTIAL UNAUTHORIZED SPYING DEVICES IN DC

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Apr 03, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is acknowledging for the first time that foreign actors or criminals are using eavesdropping devices to track cell phone activity in the Washington D.C., according to a letter obtained by The Hill. DHS in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last Monday said ...

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Senate Prepares to Fill Trump Team’s Management Gaps SENATE PREPARES TO FILL TRUMP TEAM’S MANAGEMENT GAPS

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Apr 03, 2018

This analysis was first available to Bloomberg Government subscribers. A push is underway to fill holes remaining in President Donald Trump’s lineup of deputy department heads the managers who oversee the day-to-day work of the federal government’s 2 million civilian employees. Most depu...

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AI Program ‘Project Maven’ Gets Extra $100 Million in Omnibus AI PROGRAM ‘PROJECT MAVEN’ GETS EXTRA $100 MILLION IN OMNIBUS

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Apr 03, 2018

The Pentagon is doubling down on artificial intelligence. Funding for Project Maven, an Army program that applies AI and machine-learning capabilities to warfighting, surged to $131 million in the fiscal 2018 omnibus that President Donald Trump signed on March 23 from $31 million requested. The Army...

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U.S. Taps Gig Economy to Help Transform Health Care for Veterans U.S. TAPS GIG ECONOMY TO HELP TRANSFORM HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS

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Mar 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is tapping into the so-called “gig economy” and crowdsourcing to transform the way it shares health data with providers and delivers care to millions of veterans. The VA plans to launch a new crowdsourcing platform that would pay hundreds of &ldquo...

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Baseball and Government IT Go Hand in Hand – Let Me Explain BASEBALL AND GOVERNMENT IT GO HAND IN HAND – LET ME EXPLAIN

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Mar 29, 2018

Opening day is here. Like many kids, I was drawn to the game of baseball. However, it was clear early on I wouldn’t find a place on St. Louis Cardinals’ roster (my hometown team). Instead, as the leader of Cisco’s U.S. Public Sector business, I spend a lot of time speaking with gov...

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How to Avoid Common Student Loan Complaints HOW TO AVOID COMMON STUDENT LOAN COMPLAINTS

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Mar 28, 2018

Among its many duties, the government's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aims to help consumers make smart borrowing decisions. The CFPB solicits borrower complaints on federal student loan servicers as part of its work.These companies, such as Navient Solutions or Nelnet Inc., collect payme...

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11 Acronyms Business Owners Need to Know 11 ACRONYMS BUSINESS OWNERS NEED TO KNOW

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Mar 28, 2018

If you don’t know the difference between the EEOC and OSHA, no one can blame you. There are tons of acronyms business owners may come across or need to know in their career. From government agencies to laws to business processes, there are many acronyms you can probably not worry about, but th...

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BGOV Provides Statements of Work for Alliant Recompete Orders BGOV PROVIDES STATEMENTS OF WORK FOR ALLIANT RECOMPETE ORDERS

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Mar 27, 2018

The time to start shaping opportunities for Alliant 2, the $65 billion follow-on to the General Services Administration’s Alliant government-wide acquisition contract, is now. To help your company get ahead, Bloomberg Government is making statements of work for unexpired Alliant task orders av...

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Government watchdog files 30 ethics complaints against Trump administration GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG FILES 30 ETHICS COMPLAINTS AGAINST TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Mar 26, 2018

A liberal government watchdog group has filed 30 ethics complaints with government agencies, including the White House. Public Citizen says in complaints obtained by NBC News that government employees have worked against President Trump's executive order to keep lobbyists out of the government. ...

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3 Questions to Ask Before Government Modernization Projects 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE GOVERNMENT MODERNIZATION PROJECTS

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Mar 26, 2018

NIC Chief Operating Officer Robert Knapp advises on how to focus government modernization projects so they reach the goals of your smart city journey. After making the decision to lead your government down the path to becoming a more digital, citizen-centric government, determining where to begin im...

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UK government raided Cambridge Analytica office UK GOVERNMENT RAIDED CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA OFFICE

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Mar 24, 2018

A United Kingdom regulator has carried out a raid of the office of British data research firm Cambridge Analytica, a firm hired by President Trump's 2016 campaign that is currently caught up in a scandal over alleged misuse of Facebook data. Investigators with the Information Commissioner's ...

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Raytheon Uses AWS Government Cloud to Meet Security Requirements RAYTHEON USES AWS GOVERNMENT CLOUD TO MEET SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

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Mar 23, 2018

Raytheon is using Amazon Web Services‘ government cloud platform to meet the security needs of the former’s national defense customers. AWS said Thursday Raytheon has worked to speed up tests of information technology systems through the AWS GovCloud (US) offering. GovCloud (US) is compl...

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GOP leaders unveil giant federal government spending plan GOP LEADERS UNVEIL GIANT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING PLAN

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Mar 21, 2018

After weeks of negotiations, Congress unveiled a $1.3 trillion funding measure for the federal government on Wednesday night, adding billions in new spending for both the Pentagon and domestic spending programs, along with a pair of bills dealing with school safety and gun violence, but including no...

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Congress to waive three-day rule on omnibus CONGRESS TO WAIVE THREE-DAY RULE ON OMNIBUS

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Mar 21, 2018

A rule requiring that legislation be posted for at least three calendar days before being considered on the House floor won’t apply to the must-pass $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. Republicans are waiving that rule so that the package can be voted on the same day it is released.

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Trump’s infrastructure plan focuses on reforms, not just more spending TRUMP’S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN FOCUSES ON REFORMS, NOT JUST MORE SPENDING

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Mar 21, 2018

Last month, President Trump released details of the White House’s plan to rebuild and revitalize America’s infrastructure network. It outlines a bold vision encompassing everything from traditional transportation infrastructures such as highways, bridges and transit systems, to public wa...

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Poll: Majority believes US tracks citizens POLL: MAJORITY BELIEVES US TRACKS CITIZENS

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Mar 19, 2018

A majority of Americans believe the United States government is spying on them, according to a new survey released Monday. The Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 82 percent of respondents believe the government is watching the actions of American citizens. A majority, 53 percent, says ...

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CACI trumps General Dynamics’ bid to acquire defense IT contractor CSRA CACI TRUMPS GENERAL DYNAMICS’ BID TO ACQUIRE DEFENSE IT CONTRACTOR CSRA

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Mar 18, 2018

Defense contractor CACI International Inc. is trying to scuttle rival firm General Dynamics Corp.’s bid to acquire CSRA Inc. with its own $7.2 billion offer to buy out the company. CACI’s new offer of $44 in cash and stock per share exceeds the $40.75 per share all-cash offer that was ag...

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Q&A: Student Loan Borrowers With Seized Tax Refunds Q&A: STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS WITH SEIZED TAX REFUNDS

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Mar 14, 2018

While many taxpayers have issued refunds this time of year, the Student Loan Ranger receives lots of emails about how tax refunds are seized to pay defaulted student loans. The Treasury Offset Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, allows the government to seize federal payments y...

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Report finds government employees fail at cybersecurity REPORT FINDS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FAIL AT CYBERSECURITY

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Mar 13, 2018

Government employees fail at cybersecurity. That’s the biggest takeaway from a new report published today by Dtex Systems Inc. detailing the current state of cybersecurity with the public governance sector. The report, titled “Uncovering the Gaps: Security Perceptions and Behaviors of To...

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US censored or withheld record number government files US CENSORED OR WITHHELD RECORD NUMBER GOVERNMENT FILES

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Mar 12, 2018

The U.S. government in the past year has censored, withheld or said it was not able to obtain a record number of documents and information sought by journalists more than at any point in the last decade, according to an Associated Press analysis. The AP also reports that over the past decade people ...

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Reading Between the Research Lines: Activities that Influence Congress and Congressional Staff from the 2017 Congressional Communications Report READING BETWEEN THE RESEARCH LINES: ACTIVITIES THAT INFLUENCE CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FROM THE 2017 CONGRESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS REPORT

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Mar 09, 2018

Bloomberg Government regularly publishes insights, opinions and best practices from our community of senior leaders and decision-makers. This column is written by Amy Showalter, a national authority on government relations best practices, grassroots, and PAC influence. As a self-proclaimed “re...

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Federal Agencies Best Silicon Valley on Women Execs FEDERAL AGENCIES BEST SILICON VALLEY ON WOMEN EXECS

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Mar 08, 2018

The U.S. government often gets compared unfavorably to the private sector when it comes to advances in information technology. But when it comes to diversifying its workforce, especially among information technology leadership, federal agencies are dominating Silicon Valley. Agencies have commonly b...

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Empowering Americans to Innovate: Science and Technology Highlights Since Inauguration EMPOWERING AMERICANS TO INNOVATE: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS SINCE INAUGURATION

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Mar 07, 2018

Since President Trump’s inauguration, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has built a robust team of over 50 staff members, including a corps of scientists and engineers, policymakers, and academics to advise the President on science and technology (S&T), support the Preside...

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Five Things We’ve Learned from Surveys of Government Scientists FIVE THINGS WE’VE LEARNED FROM SURVEYS OF GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS

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Mar 06, 2018

This month the Union of Concerned Scientists is surveying government scientists—about 63,000 of them from 16 federal agencies, to be exact. Since these scientists get emails from me requesting their time and perspectives, I want to discuss the value of the scientific integrity surveys we&rsquo...

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How Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs could affect state economies HOW TRUMP’S STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS COULD AFFECT STATE ECONOMIES

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Mar 06, 2018

The Trump administration’s trade policy took another abrupt turn last week with a spontaneous announcement to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. The tariff declarations represent the latest in a line of aggressive trade policy changes, beginning with the removal ...

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Don’t rehabilitate Obama on Russia DON’T REHABILITATE OBAMA ON RUSSIA

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Mar 05, 2018

Last week, President Trump, pushing back against persistent accusations of collusion, ignited yet another controversy on Twitter by claiming he had been “much tougher on Russia” than President Obama. The White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubled down on those comments by...

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Microsoft to launch Azure Stack for government cloud users in mid-2018 MICROSOFT TO LAUNCH AZURE STACK FOR GOVERNMENT CLOUD USERS IN MID-2018

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Mar 05, 2018

Eyeing the lucrative market for government cloud computing contracts, Microsoft Corp. today unveiled custom editions of its Azure Stack infrastructure and Microsoft 365 product suite for U.S. agencies. Azure Stack, which is an on-premises version of its public cloud infrastructure, was announced bac...

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ACT-IAC Forms Working Group to Support Government, Industry Transition to EIS Contract ACT-IAC FORMS WORKING GROUP TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRY TRANSITION TO EIS CONTRACT

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Feb 28, 2018

The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council has formed a working group to help federal agencies and contractors transition to the General Services Administration‘s new governmentwide acquisition vehicle for telecommunications services.

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Report: Federal Policy Could Address Infrastructure Maintenance Backlog REPORT: FEDERAL POLICY COULD ADDRESS INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE BACKLOG

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Feb 27, 2018

Federal policy changes could address infrastructure spending and address maintenance backlogs by 2030, according to the RAND report Not Everything is Broken. Transportation and water infrastructure funding needs a targeted spending plan and policy changes, according to a recent study by the nonprofi...

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How SpaceX embodies the importance of the free market HOW SPACEX EMBODIES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FREE MARKET

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Feb 27, 2018

After the successful launch of Falcon Heavy, SpaceX gained credibility as the owner of the world’s most powerful commercial rocket. Founded with the mission to make space travel more affordable and attainable, Elon Musk and his team are dominating the market. At the heart of Musk’s creat...

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Will US tax agency nominee, Charles Rettig, help rein in offshore holdings? WILL US TAX AGENCY NOMINEE, CHARLES RETTIG, HELP REIN IN OFFSHORE HOLDINGS?

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Feb 27, 2018

On Dec. 12, 2007, billionaire Igor Olenicoff pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return that helped him conceal roughly $200 million in offshore holdings, stashed mainly in the Bahamas, out of U.S. tax collectors’ reach. Caught up in one of the highest-profile tax evasion cases in recent hist...

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The immigration debate: Building a bridge across the deportation-amnesty divide THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE: BUILDING A BRIDGE ACROSS THE DEPORTATION-AMNESTY DIVIDE

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Feb 27, 2018

For many years now, the country has been suffering from an acute case of immigration debate fatigue. At the heart of the debate are the millions of individuals who are in the country unlawfully. Discussions over how to deal with this population are often dominated by arguments that pit “rule o...

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94% of SMEs “hugely concerned” government is ignoring them over Brexit 94% OF SMES “HUGELY CONCERNED” GOVERNMENT IS IGNORING THEM OVER BREXIT

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Feb 26, 2018

Ninety-four percent of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs) believe the government has ignored their concerns over Brexit. According to new research from accountancy firm Moore Stephens, the outcome of Brexit negotiations is the key concern for more than half of owner-managed businesses – m...

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GCHQ looks to foster security innovation through startup accelerators GCHQ LOOKS TO FOSTER SECURITY INNOVATION THROUGH STARTUP ACCELERATORS

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Feb 26, 2018

With the exception of certain bodies such as NASA and DARPA, government organizations aren’t known for fostering innovation. Likewise, government intelligence agencies aren’t known for being particularly open to sharing ideas or expertise. But that is starting to change. The UK’s N...

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GOP senators: GOP SENATORS: 'DREAMERS' DEAL WILL LIKELY END UP IN FUNDING BILL

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Feb 26, 2018

Republican senators are predicting that a fix for a key Obama-era immigration program will end up in next month's government funding bill, as they search for ways to break a months-long stalemate.Several GOP senators said Monday that the mammoth bill, known as an omnibus, would likely be the veh...

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How The US Government Handles Its Massive Stash Of Bitcoins HOW THE US GOVERNMENT HANDLES ITS MASSIVE STASH OF BITCOINS

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Feb 25, 2018

The federal government's relationship with bitcoin has generated numerous headlines over the years, which is surprising, considering that the U.S. government is one of the largest holders of bitcoins. The bitcoins are typically sold off in public auctions conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service, ...

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Intel did not tell US government about Spectre and Meltdown for six months INTEL DID NOT TELL US GOVERNMENT ABOUT SPECTRE AND MELTDOWN FOR SIX MONTHS

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Feb 23, 2018

This was despite the fact that researchers at Google’s Project Zero had told Intel, AMD and ARM about the bugs six months before, during last June. The Google researchers gave Intel, ARM and AMD 90 days to fix the problems before disclosing them a standard procedure. 32 class action law-suits ...

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Security an enabler for government adoption of AWS cloud SECURITY AN ENABLER FOR GOVERNMENT ADOPTION OF AWS CLOUD

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Feb 22, 2018

For years, U.S. government agencies were reluctant to follow the private sector and move information technology operations to the cloud. Concerns about security, legacy data, and the potential for vendor lock-in kept the federal government firmly planted in separate data centers. That picture has ch...

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Conservative riders would unleash more big money in politics CONSERVATIVE RIDERS WOULD UNLEASH MORE BIG MONEY IN POLITICS

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Feb 22, 2018

Now that Congress and the White House have reached a deal on the topline budget numbers, lawmakers are beginning to finalize appropriations bills to fund agencies throughout the government. But before Congress votes on these must-pass funding bills, hundreds of controversial poison pill riders conse...

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The Federal Government THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S FINANCES ARE A TOTAL WRECK: NEW AT REASON

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Feb 22, 2018

The federal government's finances don't look good, and the biggest liabilities don't even appear on the official balance sheet. The federal government's latest financial statements came out last week and they paint a dire picture of our nation's fiscal health. It's not just t...

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FDA announces recall of dietary supplements after opioid declaration FDA ANNOUNCES RECALL OF DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AFTER OPIOID DECLARATION

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Feb 21, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced a recall of dietary supplements that contain kratom, a herb the agency has classified as an opioid. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also urged manufacturers to stop selling products intended for human consumption if they contain kratom. &...

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It’s time to be like Ike:  Forging a state and federal partnership to pave the path to prosperity IT’S TIME TO BE LIKE IKE: FORGING A STATE AND FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP TO PAVE THE PATH TO PROSPERITY

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Feb 21, 2018

Even as a kid growing up in Kansas I was fascinated by politics. Perhaps geography had something to do with that. I grew up one county to the west of where Dwight Eisenhower, years earlier, had also spent his childhood in Kansas. Frequent visits to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum were...

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Poll: Majority disapproves of Trump POLL: MAJORITY DISAPPROVES OF TRUMP'S MILITARY PARADE PLAN

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Feb 20, 2018

A majority of American voters opposes President Trump’s request for a military parade, with many saying it’s not a good use of taxpayer dollars, according to a poll released Tuesday. The Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, which is now...

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Will dysfunction cost the US its 5G edge? WILL DYSFUNCTION COST THE US ITS 5G EDGE?

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Feb 20, 2018

US operators are fond of touting their 5G wins, claiming plenty of firsts both before and after the 3GPP non-standalone New Radio (NR) specifications were released in December 2017. But as the time for deployments approaches, it seems increasingly possible government dysfunction could end up costing...

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Democrats now attack internet rules they once embraced DEMOCRATS NOW ATTACK INTERNET RULES THEY ONCE EMBRACED

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Feb 19, 2018

In the Trump era, it is downright astounding how quickly the Democrats have abandoned any consideration toward having an affirmative policy agenda. The higher calling has instead been to become the party of unthinking resistance, energetically and blindly coalescing against every position of the cur...

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Bill Gates: People like me should have to pay higher taxes BILL GATES: PEOPLE LIKE ME SHOULD HAVE TO PAY HIGHER TAXES

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Feb 18, 2018

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Sunday that wealthy individuals like him should be required by the government to pay "significantly" higher taxes. "I need to pay higher taxes," the billionaire said on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS. "I've paid more taxes, over $10 billio...

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Federal infrastructure plan shines a bright, new light on toll revenue FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN SHINES A BRIGHT, NEW LIGHT ON TOLL REVENUE

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Feb 16, 2018

The release of President Trump’s much-anticipated national infrastructure strategy introduces a powerful new catalyst for state and local governments to deliver the safe, efficient roadways the country needs and deserves. With its emphasis on leveraging a mix of private and public funding sour...

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Montana man who quit state job over ICE subpoenas warns of MONTANA MAN WHO QUIT STATE JOB OVER ICE SUBPOENAS WARNS OF 'CHILLING EFFECT' ON PUBLIC SERVICE

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Feb 16, 2018

A former Montana state government employee who quit his job rather than process subpoenas for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is warning that immigration officials can have “a chilling effect on the good work public servants" do across the nation. Jordan Dyrdahl-Roberts wrote a ...

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Communities can’t afford to wait for the federal government to obtain next gen broadband COMMUNITIES CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OBTAIN NEXT GEN BROADBAND

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Feb 16, 2018

Since our team finished work on the 2010 United States National Broadband Plan, I have met with hundreds of local government officials to discuss their own broadband futures. The conversations usually begin with me asking, “Five years from now, do you think your community will have the bandwid...

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A special interest’s sweet deal A SPECIAL INTEREST’S SWEET DEAL

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Feb 14, 2018

This Valentine’s Day, when you buy your sweetheart that classic box of American chocolates or any other kind of sweet, you will also be paying a hidden tax that’s baked into every food, snack and treat. This tax is courtesy of the U.S. sugar program, and it forces American consumers and ...

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Improving digital services can help restore the public’s trust in government IMPROVING DIGITAL SERVICES CAN HELP RESTORE THE PUBLIC’S TRUST IN GOVERNMENT

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Feb 14, 2018

While Congress has taken some critical steps to improve government IT systems by passing the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act), which makes it easier for agencies to make new investments in technology by establishing a $250 million Technology Modernization Fund, and the Connected Gover...

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Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight Board’s integrity problem PUERTO RICO’S FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT BOARD’S INTEGRITY PROBLEM

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Feb 14, 2018

In the aftermath of the utter devastation that Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico, public servants and elected officials of both parties have worked tirelessly alongside private sector entities to support the recovery. This Herculean task is far from over and an incredible amount of work still r...

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White House 2019 Budget Backs Front-Burner Cyber Efforts, but Cools on Research WHITE HOUSE 2019 BUDGET BACKS FRONT-BURNER CYBER EFFORTS, BUT COOLS ON RESEARCH

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Feb 14, 2018

The Trump Administration’s proposed $4.4 trillion budget for FY2019 would add some money to the cybersecurity pot, supporting ongoing programs and manpower levels, while cutting back on cybersecurity research and redistributing where the research money goes. Administration budget requests are ...

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Revealed: Viet Cong Commandos Sank a Navy Aircraft Carrier REVEALED: VIET CONG COMMANDOS SANK A NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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Feb 13, 2018

Despite patrol boats filled with harbor police, Nao and his companion were able to mount their operation because of careful planning and the corruption of Saigon law enforcement. “For the Card mission, my fellow operative and I pretended to be fishermen,” Nao said on April 22, 2015, inte...

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The Federal Government’s Outsized, but Limited Role in Infrastructure THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S OUTSIZED, BUT LIMITED ROLE IN INFRASTRUCTURE

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Feb 12, 2018

A Nation’s infrastructure is a measure of its greatness. It affects everyone’s quality of life, ability to succeed, and is obviously, a critical component to a functioning economy. That is why President Trump unveiled his infrastructure plan this week, calling on Congress to pass legisla...

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The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act: Simple parity for Indian tribes THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT: SIMPLE PARITY FOR INDIAN TRIBES

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Feb 12, 2018

It should not surprise people to hear that in matters impacting the welfare of tribal governments and Native people, Indian Country takes the long view. From the beginning of the republic, different personalities have inhabited the White House and wide swings in federal Indian policy have been adopt...

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This week: Senate turns toward immigration battle THIS WEEK: SENATE TURNS TOWARD IMMIGRATION BATTLE

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Feb 12, 2018

The much-anticipated Senate floor debate over immigration will commence this week on the heels of Friday's brief government shutdown. Senators are expected to vote Monday at 5:30 p.m. on an initial immigration hurdle agreeing to end debate on taking up a House-passed “shell” bill. Th...

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The latest devious Republican attack on Social Security THE LATEST DEVIOUS REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON SOCIAL SECURITY

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Feb 12, 2018

Ever since Social Security came into existence, Republican politicians and their billionaire donors have attempted to destroy it. As an effective and incredibly popular government program, it is anathema to the GOP's anti-government ideology.

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Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan FLAKE TO TRY TO FORCE VOTE ON DACA STOPGAP PLAN

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Feb 06, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will try to force a vote on a plan to extend protections for a group of young immigrants known as "Dreamers" as soon as next week. Flake's plan would pair a three-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with $7.6 billion in ...

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Federal Government Invests $2.25 Million in Indigenous Tourism FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVESTS $2.25 MILLION IN INDIGENOUS TOURISM

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Jan 30, 2018

BC - Indigenous businesses and communities throughout British Columbia will benefit from a federal government grant of $2.25 million given to the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC). This support will promote and enhance authentic Indigenous tourism experiences for visitors to ...

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Budget 2018: Government must resist hasty policy changes BUDGET 2018: GOVERNMENT MUST RESIST HASTY POLICY CHANGES

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Jan 30, 2018

The Sensex is on a roll. Whether the Budget will see Indian stocks scale new peaks depends on the kind of tax and spending framework GoI will unveil tomorrow. Two big reforms lowering corporate-tax rate to 25% from 30% for bigger companies, and reducing the personal income-tax rate while widening th...

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Regulator, industry spurn idea of U.S. government 5G network to counter China REGULATOR, INDUSTRY SPURN IDEA OF U.S. GOVERNMENT 5G NETWORK TO COUNTER CHINA

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Jan 29, 2018

The top U.S. communications regulator and wireless companies oppose an idea by some in President Donald Trump’s national security team for the government to build a 5G wireless network to counter China spying on phone calls. The Trump administration has taken a harder line with China on polici...

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Renewable Energy to Produce Nearly Third of Electricity Generated in the U.K. RENEWABLE ENERGY TO PRODUCE NEARLY THIRD OF ELECTRICITY GENERATED IN THE U.K.

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Jan 29, 2018

According to new government statistics, electricity generation from renewable energy has increased in past year. The third quarter of 2017 accounted for the share of electricity generated from renewable sources increase by nearly 5% from 2016 reaching 30%. The latest record is “yet another nai...

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New federal tax law is a boon for electric utilities – another reason not to bail out Ohio’s coal and nuclear plants NEW FEDERAL TAX LAW IS A BOON FOR ELECTRIC UTILITIES – ANOTHER REASON NOT TO BAIL OUT OHIO’S COAL AND NUCLEAR PLANTS

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Jan 29, 2018

For the past few years, Ohio’s electric utilities have asked state lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to bail out their old coal and nuclear plants. The storyline is, the power plants are losing money in the competitive wholesale market, so the utilities want customer...

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Ajit Pai, FCC Oppose Federal Involvement in 5G AJIT PAI, FCC OPPOSE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN 5G

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Jan 29, 2018

Speculation regarding the federal government possibly taking over implementation of a national 5G mobile network was met by disapproval from the Federal Communications Commission.The National Security Council entertained a PowerPoint presentation outlining the pros and cons of government/private 5G ...

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Trump Says He TRUMP SAYS HE'LL GET AROUND TO GIVING DACA RECIPIENTS CITIZENSHIP 'AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE'

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Jan 25, 2018

Speaking to reporters early Wednesday evening, President Trump said his administration plans on providing a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients “at some point in the future,” USA Today reports. “We’re going to morph into it. It’s going to happen, at some point in...

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Our government is stalled — it’s time to invest in innovation OUR GOVERNMENT IS STALLED — IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN INNOVATION

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Jan 24, 2018

For decades now, Washington has been either unable or unwilling to address the needs of a changing country and a changing world. With lawmakers all too often frozen by hyperpartisanship, a need to refight old battles and a rigid adherence to ideology, the American people have been left to try to nav...

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