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

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Jan 15, 2019

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

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

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Jan 15, 2019

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

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

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Jan 15, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 14, 2019

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

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

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Jan 13, 2019

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

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

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Jan 13, 2019

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

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

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Jan 11, 2019

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

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

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Jan 11, 2019

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

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

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Jan 10, 2019

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

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

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Jan 10, 2019

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

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

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Jan 10, 2019

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

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

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Jan 10, 2019

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

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

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Jan 10, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 09, 2019

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

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

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Jan 08, 2019

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

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

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Jan 08, 2019

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

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

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Jan 08, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 07, 2019

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

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

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Jan 04, 2019

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

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

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Jan 04, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 03, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 02, 2019

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

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

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Jan 01, 2019

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

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

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Jan 01, 2019

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

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

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Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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Dec 26, 2018

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

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

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Dec 26, 2018

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

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

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Dec 26, 2018

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

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

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Dec 26, 2018

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

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

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Dec 26, 2018

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

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

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Dec 25, 2018

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

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

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Dec 25, 2018

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

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

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Dec 25, 2018

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

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

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Dec 25, 2018

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

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

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Dec 24, 2018

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

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High street failure due to government being “tied up with Brexit” HIGH STREET FAILURE DUE TO GOVERNMENT BEING “TIED UP WITH BREXIT”

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Dec 24, 2018

UK high streets are seeing a significant decrease in footfall because the government is too involved with Brexit to support properties, according to an industry lobby group. British Property Federation boss Melanie Leech told the Press Association that the government was failing to tackle business r...

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

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Dec 24, 2018

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

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China and US Intellectual Property and Technology CHINA AND US INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY

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Dec 24, 2018

At the G20 meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina held from November 30 to December 1, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met to discuss two serious problems that have caused rising tensions between their two countries: China’s role in the US trade deficit and the loss...

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MYSTERY CASE ON GRAND JURY SUBPOENA NOW AT U.S. SUPREME COURT MYSTERY CASE ON GRAND JURY SUBPOENA NOW AT U.S. SUPREME COURT

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Dec 23, 2018

A secret case involving an unknown foreign corporation owned by a foreign government reached the U.S. Supreme Court this weekend, as the mystery company asked the Chief Justice of the United States to block orders by lower courts forcing that company to comply with a secret grand jury subpoena, in a...

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Like Obama, Trump is eroding American credibility LIKE OBAMA, TRUMP IS ERODING AMERICAN CREDIBILITY

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Dec 23, 2018

The US pullout from Syria confirms that civil wars tend to reflect the state of the international system. The Thirty Years War set Catholics against Protestants; monarchs intervened according to their religious allegiance. The Spanish Civil War set Republicans and communists against monarchists and ...

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Sacrificing peace in Northern Ireland is not acceptable price for Brexit SACRIFICING PEACE IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS NOT ACCEPTABLE PRICE FOR BREXIT

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Dec 23, 2018

If anyone needs tidings of comfort and joy this holiday season, it is the long-suffering people of Northern Ireland. The unique challenges posed by the Irish border vexed more than 18 months of Brexit negotiations and could still scupper a deal. As the endgame nears, the peace process is not a price...

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Partial government shutdown to continue past Christmas PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TO CONTINUE PAST CHRISTMAS

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Dec 22, 2018

With little sign of any headway on an agreement to end a funding lapse which has shutdown part of the federal government, the Senate adjourned on Saturday afternoon and set a schedule which doesn’t provide for any votes on a funding deal until next Thursday at the earliest, signaling that the ...

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How politicians tried to sell Brexit to us HOW POLITICIANS TRIED TO SELL BREXIT TO US

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Dec 21, 2018

If we examine the two campaigns in terms of their message strategy, i.e. the way in which they sought to influence swing voters, significant differences become apparent. Remain is widely regarded to have been poorly executed not a difficult accusation to sustain, given that it lost, however, I&rsquo...

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The Trump administration’s Africa strategy: Primacy or partnership? THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S AFRICA STRATEGY: PRIMACY OR PARTNERSHIP?

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Dec 20, 2018

Last week, the Trump administration launched an Africa policy that seeks both primacy and partnership on the continent. The administration’s efforts at the partnership, especially as it relates to promoting U.S. business on the continent, are likely to be far more lasting and consequential. Am...

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Judge: Trump Administration JUDGE: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S STEEL TARIFF RATIONALE 'MAKES ME SCRATCH MY HEAD'

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Dec 20, 2018

Unofficially, President Donal Trump's tariffs are about a lot of things. They're the result of the president's faulty understanding of how trade works, of his desire to be a "Tariff Man," and of the administration's political interests in protecting American steelmakers eve...

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Washington, D.C., to run entirely on renewable energy by 2032 WASHINGTON, D.C., TO RUN ENTIRELY ON RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2032

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Dec 20, 2018

While the United States federal government under the Trump administration continues to cling to coal as a viable energy source, the seat of the federal government has made clear its intentions to move in an entirely different direction. Earlier this week, Washington, D.C.'s city council voted un...

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Senate passes bill to avoid government shutdown, without Trump SENATE PASSES BILL TO AVOID GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, WITHOUT TRUMP'S REQUESTED FUNDING FOR BORDER WALL

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Dec 20, 2018

The Senate last night passed a stopgap measure to keep the government funded and avoid a shutdown. The funding bill does not include President Trump's requested $5 billion for a wall at the nation's southern border. Trump has promised that the wall will be big, and that it will be beautiful....

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State Board votes to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act in Pine Bluff schools STATE BOARD VOTES TO WAIVE THE TEACHER FAIR DISMISSAL ACT IN PINE BLUFF SCHOOLS

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Dec 20, 2018

The State Board of Education, as expected, voted 8-1 to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act for all Pine Bluff School District employees for the 2019/2020 school year. The fair dismissal law provides due process protections to teachers. The Pine Bluff district will be unique among traditional publi...

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U.S. House passes criminal justice bill, on to president U.S. HOUSE PASSES CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL, ON TO PRESIDENT'S DESK

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Dec 20, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives today easily passed the First Step Act, the bipartisan criminal justice reform effort, 358-36. The bill is now on to the president's desk; President Trump supports the measure. Sen. Tom Cotton had fought against the bill in recent weeks with increasingly heated ...

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Governor appoints Justin Tate to Arkansas Public Service Commission GOVERNOR APPOINTS JUSTIN TATE TO ARKANSAS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

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Dec 20, 2018

Governor Hutchinson today announced the appointment of one of his current staffers, Justin Tate of Little Rock, to a six-year term on the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Tate replaces outgoing commissioner Elana Willis, whose term expires on Jan. 14. The commission oversees public utilities in t...

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Trump again threatens government shutdown if he doesn TRUMP AGAIN THREATENS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IF HE DOESN'T GET FUNDING FOR BORDER WALL

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Dec 20, 2018

After earlier indications from the White House that President Trump would sign a stopgap spending measure to keep the government funded through February 8, Trump once again reversed course and told House Republican this afternoon that he would not sign a bill that did not have $5 billion in funding ...

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After state waives due process protections for LR teachers, Poore promises fairness and caution AFTER STATE WAIVES DUE PROCESS PROTECTIONS FOR LR TEACHERS, POORE PROMISES FAIRNESS AND CAUTION

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Dec 20, 2018

As of this evening, employees of the Little Rock School District no longer enjoy statutory due process protections under the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act. The state Board of Education voted 6-3 to waive the state labor law for all LRSD employees on all campuses in the district after hours of public co...

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Florida congressmen take aim at Brightline-Virgin bonds for new Orlando-to-Tampa route FLORIDA CONGRESSMEN TAKE AIM AT BRIGHTLINE-VIRGIN BONDS FOR NEW ORLANDO-TO-TAMPA ROUTE

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Dec 20, 2018

Two Republican congressmen are pointing to a state report on passenger-rail service as they implore the U.S. Department of Transportation to put the brakes on extending a deadline to issue tax-exempt bonds needed to expand the Brightline rail system from South Florida to Orlando.

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DEMOCRATS START TO FLEX NEW POWER ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVERSIGHT DEMOCRATS START TO FLEX NEW POWER ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVERSIGHT

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Dec 19, 2018

Two weeks before Democrats officially take charge of the U.S. House, one key lawmaker sent out over four dozen letters on Wednesday to various branches of the Trump Administration, reiterating demands for documents made during the last two years, and previewing a taste of what will be much more rigo...

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Trump Administration Recommends Slashing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SLASHING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR

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Dec 19, 2018

On Tuesday, the Federal Commission on School Safety issued recommendations that it claims will help makes schools safer following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. But at the center of the report is a proposal that will endanger millions of public school students, especially students of color ...

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How can we take partisanship out of the budget process? The lessons from this independent committee can help HOW CAN WE TAKE PARTISANSHIP OUT OF THE BUDGET PROCESS? THE LESSONS FROM THIS INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE CAN HELP

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Dec 19, 2018

The brinkmanship surrounding threats of a year-end federal government shutdown underscores once again the need for budget process reforms. There is broad agreement that we need a process that leads to budget-making that is timely and predictable and addresses national priorities and dangerous levels...

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Fact-checking the governor’s claims on Medicaid work rule compliance FACT-CHECKING THE GOVERNOR’S CLAIMS ON MEDICAID WORK RULE COMPLIANCE

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Dec 19, 2018

After a state report on Monday showed Arkansas's Medicaid work requirement ended insurance coverage for 4,600 more people at the beginning of December, Governor Hutchinson issued a statement defending the rule. He pushed back against critics who say most beneficiaries have reported no "work...

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Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa SOME THOUGHTS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S STRATEGY FOR AFRICA

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Dec 18, 2018

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China&rsquo...

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Trump administration to repeal Obama-era school discipline rules TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO REPEAL OBAMA-ERA SCHOOL DISCIPLINE RULES

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Dec 18, 2018

The Trump administration is set to abandon the race-based school discipline policies created by President Obama that stressed leniency to minority students who misbehave. Those rules emerged when studies showed that minority students received suspensions and expulsions at a greater rate than white s...

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A New Old Threat Countering the Return of Chinese Industrial Cyber Espionage A NEW OLD THREAT COUNTERING THE RETURN OF CHINESE INDUSTRIAL CYBER ESPIONAGE

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Dec 18, 2018

This article was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on 6 December 2018. China is once again conducting cyber-enabled theft of U.S. intellectual property to advance its technological capabilities. To combat the problem, the United States should build a multinational coalit...

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Cuomo declares NY independent from federal government CUOMO DECLARES NY INDEPENDENT FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Dec 17, 2018

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in a fiery address on Monday, declared New York “independent” from the federal government. Invoking the Revolutionary War,  the third-term Democratic governor said the state must stand up to what he describes as “a federal assault” on the state&rsqu...

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Immigration groups and Republican officials urge justices to deny stay in asylum case IMMIGRATION GROUPS AND REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS URGE JUSTICES TO DENY STAY IN ASYLUM CASE

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Dec 17, 2018

Last week the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to block a ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco in a challenge to a new U.S. policy on asylum, announced last month as thousands of migrants moved from Central America towards the U.S. border. The rule would prohibit immigrants who ent...

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Partial government shutdown could impact holiday plans nationwide PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COULD IMPACT HOLIDAY PLANS NATIONWIDE

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Dec 17, 2018

With President Donald Trump and the Congress seemingly on a collision course this week over funding for the President’s border wall, a partial funding lapse for the federal government could occur on Friday night at midnight, which would lead to a shutdown for certain federal agencies, and coul...

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How Trump’s management of his team hurts his own foreign policy HOW TRUMP’S MANAGEMENT OF HIS TEAM HURTS HIS OWN FOREIGN POLICY

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Dec 13, 2018

Over the weekend, President Trump confirmed that yes; Chief of Staff John Kelly would leave the White House by the end of the year the latest departure in a two-year churn of advisers and cabinet officials. White House turnover and ongoing vacancies are a big problem for the Trump administration. Wh...

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Federal Government Shutdown Theater, 2018 Edition FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THEATER, 2018 EDITION

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Dec 11, 2018

Following the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, politicians in Washington, D.C., returned to Capitol Hill to engage in what has become a different kind of ceremonial performance, one that’s become something of an annual tradition since passage of the 1974 Budget and Impoundment Con...

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Judgment leaves claimants ‘hacked off’ JUDGMENT LEAVES CLAIMANTS ‘HACKED OFF’

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Dec 11, 2018

The decision provides clarification of the ‘legitimate expectation’ ground for Judicial Review and gives a warning to not overlook the fundamental principles of public law.

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TRUMP, PUTIN AND HOSOGI BECOME CANDIDATES FOR “PERSON OF THE YEAR” BY TIME TRUMP, PUTIN AND HOSOGI BECOME CANDIDATES FOR “PERSON OF THE YEAR” BY TIME

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Dec 11, 2018

Among them were the President of the United States Donald Trump, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, spectra color USA Robert Muller and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On 10 December the American magazine Time has published the shortlist for the award “person of the year 2018&...

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Why Leave would win next time round WHY LEAVE WOULD WIN NEXT TIME ROUND

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Dec 11, 2018

Like everyone nowadays, I can predict everything except the future. But if MPs reject the government’s Withdrawal Agreement there is one outcome that many are campaigning for: a second referendum. It is particularly supported by Remains, who see it as the only democratically legitimate way to ...

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Powerful Letter From 44 Former U.S. Senators Issues Dire Warning POWERFUL LETTER FROM 44 FORMER U.S. SENATORS ISSUES DIRE WARNING

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Dec 10, 2018

The Washington Post published an unprecedented and powerful op-ed in the form of a deceptively short letter signed by 44 high-profile former U.S. senators Republicans and Democrats that strongly warns the nation is “entering a dangerous period” bringing with it “serious challenges ...

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Trump, Dems set to meet amid funding fight TRUMP, DEMS SET TO MEET AMID FUNDING FIGHT

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Dec 10, 2018

President Trump is poised to sit down this week with Democratic leadership after Congress punted the partial funding deadline to Dec. 21. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) on Tuesday will head to the White House, where they are expected...

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The Jolt: By coming home, Nick Ayers cuts through a web of loyalties THE JOLT: BY COMING HOME, NICK AYERS CUTS THROUGH A WEB OF LOYALTIES

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Dec 10, 2018

As Donald Trump goes back to the drawing board in his search for a new top aide, Georgia operative Nick Ayers is preparing to head home and launch his next venture. Ayers had been the president’s top choice for chief of staff the New York Times reported a press release announcing his hire was ...

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Ron DeSantis rehires Florida RON DESANTIS REHIRES FLORIDA'S BUDGET CHIEF AND CHIEF INSPECTOR GENERAL

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Dec 10, 2018

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is retaining Gov. Rick Scott’s budget chief and rehiring a chief inspector general who served under both Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist. The transition team for the incoming administration of DeSantis and Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez announced Friday that C...

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How government causes poverty and how government can fix it HOW GOVERNMENT CAUSES POVERTY AND HOW GOVERNMENT CAN FIX IT

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Dec 10, 2018

Why are people poor? Conservatives and liberals offer very different explanations. Conservatives point to a "culture of poverty" and suggest that much deprivation is the result of flawed choices and behavior by the poor themselves. They point to a strong correlation between poverty and a f...

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Eurosceptics threaten to block Government delay to Brexit vote EUROSCEPTICS THREATEN TO BLOCK GOVERNMENT DELAY TO BREXIT VOTE

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Dec 10, 2018

Could we end up with Parliament voting on the Brexit deal tomorrow anyway? Eurosceptic Tory MPs have reacted with fury to the announcement that the government will delay the vote, with a number threatening to vote against the delay. I understand that the European Research Group is currently discussi...

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Brexit and the Irish Backstop: The Fear that Dare Not Speak its Name BREXIT AND THE IRISH BACKSTOP: THE FEAR THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

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Dec 10, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May on December 10 decided not to call a long-expected vote on her plan to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union (EU). The underlying reason is continued controversy over the so-called Irish backstop a fall-back plan that would maintain an open border on th...

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Trump Has Already Abandoned His Half-Hearted Attempt to Cut Military Spending TRUMP HAS ALREADY ABANDONED HIS HALF-HEARTED ATTEMPT TO CUT MILITARY SPENDING

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Dec 10, 2018

Well, you knew that wasn't going to last. Less than a week after calling the Pentagon's $716 billion budget "crazy" and indicating that he wanted to trim it, President Donald Trump is reportedly proposing to push America's military spending to greater heights. After a meeting w...

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When does better policy information change minds? WHEN DOES BETTER POLICY INFORMATION CHANGE MINDS?

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Dec 07, 2018

House Republicans are moving forward with lame-duck legislation that would accelerate depreciation for business property on a Native American reservation, impose an excise tax to create a black lung liability trust fund, and extend the classification of racehorses as three-year property. No wonder s...

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When does better policy information change minds? WHEN DOES BETTER POLICY INFORMATION CHANGE MINDS?

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Dec 07, 2018

The Trump administration has opened a new front in its assault on the ACA marketplace’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions and low incomes. This time the vehicle is the ACA’s Section 1332 innovation waivers, which enable states to propose alternatives to the ACA’s ...

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Huawei Arrest Raises Thorny Questions of Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy HUAWEI ARREST RAISES THORNY QUESTIONS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FOREIGN POLICY

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Dec 07, 2018

On Dec. 5, news broke that Canadian authorities had arrested the chief financial officer of Chinese telecom-equipment company Huawei at the request of the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly seeking extradition of CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter and possible successor of Huawe...

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The Trump Administration Is Wrong About Chinese International Students THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS WRONG ABOUT CHINESE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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Dec 07, 2018

Chinese international students actively contribute to the United States’ economy and society. Yet U.S. President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Chinese international students “spies,” and, in early December, the White House announced that it was considering expanding the vetting pr...

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History Suggests Proving Collusion Between the Trump Campaign and Russia May be Impossible HISTORY SUGGESTS PROVING COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE

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Dec 07, 2018

When the Mueller investigation began in May 2017, many people hoped that it would shed light on what was perhaps the central question regarding Russia’s intervention in the 2016 U.S. election: whether the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Russian government’s interference operati...

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Why the Norway model wouldn’t work for Britain WHY THE NORWAY MODEL WOULDN’T WORK FOR BRITAIN

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Dec 07, 2018

In the corridors of Westminster and the salons of some remains, there is a lot of excited chatter about the “Norway option”. This would involve being a member of the EEA and the single market, but not of the EU. Depending on who is pushing, Norway is presented as either a temporary or pe...

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Exploring the Ecosystem of the U.S.–Mexico Border EXPLORING THE ECOSYSTEM OF THE U.S.–MEXICO BORDER

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Dec 06, 2018

The wetlands are springing back to life in the Colorado River delta located mostly in Mexico just at the border with the United States. The endangered Yuma clapper rail croaks a funny song in the tall reeds that rise up out of the unexpected marshes in the Ciénega de Santa Clara. The snowy eg...

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Corporate Optimism for U.S. Economy Slips to Two-Year Low CORPORATE OPTIMISM FOR U.S. ECONOMY SLIPS TO TWO-YEAR LOW

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Dec 06, 2018

Finance professionals who began the year with high hopes for the U.S. economy are losing their optimism, spurred by worries over trade policies, the government budget deficit and higher interest rates. Fifty-seven percent of finance executives in the fourth quarter had a positive outlook for the eco...

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Lame-Duck Library Advocacy LAME-DUCK LIBRARY ADVOCACY

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Dec 06, 2018

On the evening of December 4, the US Senate passed the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA, S. 3530). American Library Association (ALA) members have sought congressional support for the legislation since it was introduced September 28. Now the bill moves to the House, where it has only one week t...

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Inside the Trump Administration’s Proposed Medicaid Managed Care Rule INSIDE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSED MEDICAID MANAGED CARE RULE

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Dec 05, 2018

On November 14, 2018, the Trump administration published its long-anticipated proposed modifications to Medicaid managed care regulations issued by the Obama Administration in 2016. Comments are due January 14th, 2019. The proposed rules revise, rather than replace, the existing regulatory framework...

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The Brexit endgame: Parliament strikes back THE BREXIT ENDGAME: PARLIAMENT STRIKES BACK

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Dec 05, 2018

On December 4, British Prime Minister Theresa May launched five days of parliamentary debate on Brexit that will culminate in a December 11 vote on the divorce deal she negotiated with the European Union. Her government suffered the worst series of parliamentary defeats on a single day in 40 years, ...

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Trump Push to Steer Immigrants Away From Federal Benefits Worries Schools TRUMP PUSH TO STEER IMMIGRANTS AWAY FROM FEDERAL BENEFITS WORRIES SCHOOLS

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Dec 05, 2018

School district leaders are sounding the alarm that a Trump administration proposal about the impact of immigrants' use of federal benefit programs on their attempts to become permanent residents would place an unfair and significant burden on public education.

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Trump TRUMP'S 'HIRE AMERICAN'

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Dec 05, 2018

The proposed restructure of the infamous H-1B temporary foreign worker visa program that has been used by Silicon Valley to dump U.S. tech workers is another example of President Trump honoring his "Buy American and Hire American" executive order.

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President Trump Is Accelerating the Militarization of the Southwest Border PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ACCELERATING THE MILITARIZATION OF THE SOUTHWEST BORDER

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Dec 05, 2018

For decades, the ACLU has fought back against the militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies and the use of the military in our communities. Nowhere is this militarization more pronounced than on the border between the U.S. and Mexico and President Trump is only making it worse.

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Trump is Spending $210 Million So Troops Can Hang Out With Border Agents Tear-Gassing Children TRUMP IS SPENDING $210 MILLION SO TROOPS CAN HANG OUT WITH BORDER AGENTS TEAR-GASSING CHILDREN

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Dec 04, 2018

The Trump administration’s deployment of military troops against a migrant caravan of unarmed refugees at the U.S./Mexico border was bad enough as a cynical stunt to stoke xenophobia before the midterm elections in November. The situation keeps getting worse. In an astoundingly cruel escalatio...

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A MARINE AMONG NERDS: DONALD TRUMP HAD A BLAST AT G20 A MARINE AMONG NERDS: DONALD TRUMP HAD A BLAST AT G20

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Dec 04, 2018

The President of the United States Donald Trump is a personality is quite eccentric, and sometimes even shocking. A successful businessman, a supporter of loud statements and a ruthless foe to his opponents, Trump is a strong cocktail of conflicting emotions, true grit is a smart businessman, and so...

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How Is Australia Emerging Through the Changing Landscape Of Trade Between The US And China? HOW IS AUSTRALIA EMERGING THROUGH THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF TRADE BETWEEN THE US AND CHINA?

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Dec 04, 2018

Relations between the global superpowers the U.S. and China have deteriorated over trade barriers and South China sea war. This turns out to be dangerous for Australian equation with both its ally economies, considering Aussie’s stand on many occasions, against China’s use of coercion an...

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The migrant caravan and the crisis on the Mexican-American border THE MIGRANT CARAVAN AND THE CRISIS ON THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN BORDER

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Dec 04, 2018

Trump’s opinion became infamous as a result of his fiery speeches and Tweets regarding the impact of mass and uncontrolled immigration. There were three events that created a strong international echo: the migration ban against countries considered dangerous for the security of the United Stat...

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The Government Is Trying to Keep Key NSA Spying Rules Secret THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO KEEP KEY NSA SPYING RULES SECRET

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Dec 03, 2018

A federal appeals court in New York will hear oral argument on Tuesday in our lawsuit fighting for the public’s right to know the legal justifications for government spying. The Freedom of Information Act suit seeks the release of secret memos written by government lawyers that provided the fo...

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TRUMP DECIDED TO BEND UNDER PUTIN, IT BECAME KNOWN ABOUT THE IMPENDING DISGRACE OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT TRUMP DECIDED TO BEND UNDER PUTIN, IT BECAME KNOWN ABOUT THE IMPENDING DISGRACE OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT

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Dec 03, 2018

The President of the United States Donald Trump is sure that sometime in the future to discuss the cessation of the arms race along with the presidents of Russia and China Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. “I am confident that in the future, President XI (Jinping) and I, along with Russian Presid...

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Trump to meet with Schumer, Pelosi amid wall fight TRUMP TO MEET WITH SCHUMER, PELOSI AMID WALL FIGHT

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Dec 01, 2018

President Trump will meet with congressional Democratic leadership next week, days ahead of a deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are expected to meet with Trump at the White House on...

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Remembering Former President, National Constitution Center chair George H.W. Bush REMEMBERING FORMER PRESIDENT, NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER CHAIR GEORGE H.W. BUSH

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Dec 01, 2018

On the news of the passing of George H.W. Bush, Constitution Daily is republishing our annual post about interesting facets of the late President's career. President Bush had an incredible number of experiences before he succeeded Ronald Reagan in the White House in 1989 at the 41st president. A...

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Trump administration defends Arkansas TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DEFENDS ARKANSAS'S MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS

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Dec 01, 2018

On Friday, the Trump administration filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit attempting to stop Arkansas's first-of-its-kind Medicaid work requirement, which so far has ended health insurance for over 12,000 low-income, working-age adults in the state. The nine plaintiffs suing the federal go...

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Can US cities help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? CAN US CITIES HELP THE WORLD ACHIEVE THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS?

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Nov 29, 2018

Despite a crisis of confidence at the national level, a significant majority of Americans still believe in the ability of their local governments to deliver. This is good news because U.S. cities are increasingly responsible for taking on local challenges with global implications, such as pollution,...

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Trump’s Infrastructure Brinkmanship Threatens NY TRUMP’S INFRASTRUCTURE BRINKMANSHIP THREATENS NY

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Nov 29, 2018

Spite is a lot cheaper than $13 billion. That’s the current price tag for the vital Gateway Project, which would replace two aging tunnels under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey that President Trump simply won’t commit to even after a cordial meeting with New York Governo...

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HRC Calls on U.S. Senate to Reject Extremist Judicial Nominee Thomas Farr HRC CALLS ON U.S. SENATE TO REJECT EXTREMIST JUDICIAL NOMINEE THOMAS FARR

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Nov 28, 2018

Today, the Human Rights Campaign called on the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of Thomas Farr, nominated by the Trump-Pence Administration to serve as a federal judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote on a cloture petition to advanc...

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If the GOP wants to win, it needs to champion the middle class IF THE GOP WANTS TO WIN, IT NEEDS TO CHAMPION THE MIDDLE CLASS

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Nov 28, 2018

The midterm elections and the evolution of the Democratic Party into a deeply illiberal collection of the intolerant and deluded ought to scare everybody into the arms of the Republican Party. Look, for instance, at some of the new House committee chairmen. At the Oversight Committee we have Elijah ...

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Democrats And President Trump Can Both Agree On One Thing Right Now DEMOCRATS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP CAN BOTH AGREE ON ONE THING RIGHT NOW

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Nov 28, 2018

Turns out the Democrats are just as upset with General Motors as US President Trump. A day after General Motors announced a massive restructuring plan that will see jobs lost, cars killed, and plants idled, criticisms were coming in fast and furious from all over the government. Ohio Senator, Democr...

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The Jolt: Why Stacey Abrams opposes a North Carolina judicial nominee THE JOLT: WHY STACEY ABRAMS OPPOSES A NORTH CAROLINA JUDICIAL NOMINEE

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Nov 28, 2018

Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams waded into a bubbling Senate confirmation fight over a judicial nominee that critics allege has supported voter suppression tactics. In a joint statement with Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost his gubernatorial bid in Florida, both spoke out again...

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How will the new Congress approach the defense budget? HOW WILL THE NEW CONGRESS APPROACH THE DEFENSE BUDGET?

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Nov 28, 2018

After two years of unified Republican rule, a divided Congress with Democrats in the House of Representatives majority and Republicans in the Senate majority will now be responsible for managing the nation’s pocketbook. Importantly, that includes figuring out how to pay for the United States&r...

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Pence, Kushner huddle with Senate GOP on criminal justice reform PENCE, KUSHNER HUDDLE WITH SENATE GOP ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

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Nov 27, 2018

Vice President Pence and President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner met behind closed doors with Senate Republicans on Tuesday to talk criminal justice reform as the president urges GOP leadership to vote on a bill this year. Senators said Kushner, who has been deeply involved in the...

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Betsy DeVos Says There BETSY DEVOS SAYS THERE'S A HIGHER EDUCATION 'CRISIS,' BUT EXPERTS DISPUTE HER EXPLANATIONS

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Nov 27, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that the country's higher education system is in "crisis" thanks in part to a "government takeover of the student lending system" put in place by the Obama administration. But her contention was quickly fact-checked by a former GOP...

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Trump warns draft Brexit agreement ‘good deal for EU’ TRUMP WARNS DRAFT BREXIT AGREEMENT ‘GOOD DEAL FOR EU’

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Nov 27, 2018

Trump claimed that the current draft agreement was a good deal for the European Union and that it meant that the UK may not be able to trade with the US. Earlier this morning, former defense secretary Michael Fallon also issued words of warning over May’s deal, claiming on BBC radio that the B...

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Pence in Southeast Asia: Ways forward for U.S.-ASEAN cooperation on infrastructure development PENCE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: WAYS FORWARD FOR U.S.-ASEAN COOPERATION ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

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Nov 27, 2018

Vice President Pence’s speeches in Singapore and Papua New Guinea in mid-November not only reaffirmed Washington’s commitment in the Indo-Pacific but also articulated U.S. economic strategy toward the region more generally. He said, among other things, that Washington will seek to reform...

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Schumer blasts Trump judicial pick: Farr SCHUMER BLASTS TRUMP JUDICIAL PICK: FARR'S 'ONE OF THE WORST'

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Nov 26, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted as "one of the worst" a judicial pick expected to get a vote in the Senate as soon as this week. Schumer called Thomas Farr, who President Trump nominated to be a district judge, a "dyed-in-the-wool partisan with [a] particular h...

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Trump Isn TRUMP ISN'T SERIOUS ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET

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Nov 26, 2018

When it comes to reducing the federal deficit, take President Donald Trump neither literally nor seriously. Trump says he's worried about the growing gap between how much the government spends and how much revenue it takes in as well he should be, with the deficit on pace to surpass $1 trillion ...

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Pelosi faces first test for speaker PELOSI FACES FIRST TEST FOR SPEAKER'S GAVEL

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Nov 26, 2018

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing her first hurdle this week in her bid to reclaim the Speaker’s gavel. Lawmakers are returning to Washington after a week-long Thanksgiving recess, with Pelosi and her allies working behind-the-scenes to flip opponents and lock down supp...

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Cuomo to NY House Democrats: Fight for SALT deduction, Gateway Tunnel funding CUOMO TO NY HOUSE DEMOCRATS: FIGHT FOR SALT DEDUCTION, GATEWAY TUNNEL FUNDING

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Nov 26, 2018

As Democrats prepare to take control of the House of Representatives in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes the New York delegation will prioritize two issues important to the state. In a letter to incumbents and four representatives-elect released Monday, Cuomo urged the New York Democratic members to...

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Three things to know ahead of the Trump-Xi Jinping meeting THREE THINGS TO KNOW AHEAD OF THE TRUMP-XI JINPING MEETING

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Nov 26, 2018

Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires this week, and trade will be a key topic on the agenda. In the first episode of the new Brookings podcast on a trade that I host “Dollar and Sense” Eswar Prasad and I discuss ...

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U.S. Department Of Homeland Security After Blockchain Proposals To Improve Government Processes U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AFTER BLOCKCHAIN PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT PROCESSES

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Nov 23, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a solicitation call that seeks proposals from companies that can leverage blockchain technology to improve government processes. In its November 15, 2018, Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) Call, the federal government promises to grant ...

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Trump Approves Use of Force by Troops at the Border TRUMP APPROVES USE OF FORCE BY TROOPS AT THE BORDER

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Nov 23, 2018

In a move no doubt designed to give his hateful, violent followers a warm tingly feeling, Trump has signed an executive order allowing the thousands of troops at the border to use force and assist in law enforcement duties, which seems a clear violation of the Posse Comitatus law. The White House la...

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Welcome to the Saudi Arabia First Campaign WELCOME TO THE SAUDI ARABIA FIRST CAMPAIGN

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Nov 21, 2018

President Donald Trump doesn’t understand his chief responsibility as president. It is not to make deals and create jobs. It is to protect the security and liberty of Americans. By that standard, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not a “truly spectacular ally,” as he claimed. The pres...

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The challenge of opposition leadership in the age of Trump THE CHALLENGE OF OPPOSITION LEADERSHIP IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

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Nov 21, 2018

Those following the leadership battle in the U.S. House of Representatives may want to recall the scenario facing members of Congress in 1986. It’s a familiar story: Almost a quarter of the members of the Democratic caucus are new. A potential challenger to the Democratic Party leader is argui...

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Trump TRUMP'S TRADE WAR BAILOUT PROGRAM IS A PREDICTABLE MESS

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Nov 21, 2018

The Department of Agriculture program that's supposed to be bailing out farmers hurt by President Donald Trump's trade war has sent payments to more than 1,100 people living in America's 50 largest cities, an environmental watchdog group reported this week. That so many government checks...

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President Trump spars with Chief Justice over fairness of judicial rulings PRESIDENT TRUMP SPARS WITH CHIEF JUSTICE OVER FAIRNESS OF JUDICIAL RULINGS

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Nov 21, 2018

In an extraordinary exchange on Wednesday, the Chief Justice of the United States defended the work of federal judges from criticism by the President of the United States, drawing a fiery response as President Donald Trump denounced judges appointed by former President Barack Obama for having a &lsq...

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President Trump Submits Written Answers in Mueller Investigation PRESIDENT TRUMP SUBMITS WRITTEN ANSWERS IN MUELLER INVESTIGATION

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Nov 21, 2018

President Donald Trump submitted answers to written questions posed to him by special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Tuesday. Neither the questions from Mueller nor the answers Trump gave the special counsel, were made public. President Trump's primary attorney in the matter, Rudy Giulia...

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You Need Even Lower the Price of Oil Fell into the Abyss, Trump Happy As a Clam YOU NEED EVEN LOWER THE PRICE OF OIL FELL INTO THE ABYSS, TRUMP HAPPY AS A CLAM

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Nov 21, 2018

“Oil prices are falling. Great! It’s like a big tax cut for America and the world. Enjoy! $ 54 (WTI – ed.) was $ 82. Thank you, Saudi Arabia, but you still below,” wrote Trump. Recall, the Price of oil fell to historic low: what’s going on Tuesday, November 20, the cost...

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Kentucky Medicaid waiver approved by federal government KENTUCKY MEDICAID WAIVER APPROVED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Nov 21, 2018

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Kentucky’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health). The goal of Kentucky HEALTH is to improve the health of its participants, strengthen Medicaid’s lo...

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Judge issues temporary restraining order on Trump asylum policy JUDGE ISSUES TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER ON TRUMP ASYLUM POLICY

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Nov 20, 2018

A federal judge has temporarily halted a Trump administration policy to bar asylum seekers entry into the United States unless they appear at certain physical entry points on the southern border. “The rule barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country outside a port of entry irreconcilab...

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Aligning House and Senate Single-Payer Bills Removing Medicare ALIGNING HOUSE AND SENATE SINGLE-PAYER BILLS REMOVING MEDICARE'S PROFITEERING INCENTIVES IS KEY

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Nov 19, 2018

Single-payer reform is in the news and in the U.S. House and Senate. One hundred twenty-three Congresspeople have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 676, the single-payer legislation in House of Representatives, and 16 Senators have formally endorsed S.1804, the Senate version. While both bills would ...

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Trump Tax Break Aims to Turn Distressed Areas Into ‘Opportunity Zones’ TRUMP TAX BREAK AIMS TO TURN DISTRESSED AREAS INTO ‘OPPORTUNITY ZONES’

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Nov 19, 2018

David Dragoo’s two companies own 164 acres of former farmland along the Uncompahgre River near downtown Montrose, Colorado. He’s planning to redevelop the area by adding a hotel, apartments, space for outdoor recreation businesses and a path along the river. It’s an unusually ambit...

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Should House Democrats ‘lead with investigations’? They have little choice. SHOULD HOUSE DEMOCRATS ‘LEAD WITH INVESTIGATIONS’? THEY HAVE LITTLE CHOICE.

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Nov 19, 2018

House Democrats must start investigations right away and be relentless or they might as well not bother. Democrats already largely know what information they want. House Democrats have sent dozens of letters in the last two years to request information. Democrats on the Oversight Committee, for inst...

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Pam Bondi says reports of meeting with Trump for US Attorney General position are PAM BONDI SAYS REPORTS OF MEETING WITH TRUMP FOR US ATTORNEY GENERAL POSITION ARE 'FAKE NEWS'

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Nov 19, 2018

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi disputed a report Friday she will meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss becoming U.S. attorney general. “The attorney general says that is fake news,” Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray said in an email Friday. The McClatchy news organization r...

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Why the Georgia Cyber Center Is Special WHY THE GEORGIA CYBER CENTER IS SPECIAL

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Nov 18, 2018

As state government technology leaders gathered in San Diego, California, last month for the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Annual Conference, there were many hot issues on the minds of public and private sector executives. From the upcoming elections to federal priorities, to state bud...

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The United States Should Leave Yemen, Not Broker Peace THE UNITED STATES SHOULD LEAVE YEMEN, NOT BROKER PEACE

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Nov 18, 2018

Defense analysts around the world must have done a simultaneous spit-take on October 30 when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis demanded an immediate ceasefire in Yemen and peace talks within thirty days. After more than three and a half years, U.S. support for Saudi A...

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Here HERE'S HOW MITT ROMNEY COULD WIN IN 2020

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Nov 17, 2018

It has been speculated that Mitt Romney’s Utah Senate seat could serve as a prelude to another Presidential run. In the most ambitious version of events, he could even challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries, newly legitimized and augmented by his actions in the Capitol Building. This wou...

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How the U.S. Government Might Have Survived a Nuclear War HOW THE U.S. GOVERNMENT MIGHT HAVE SURVIVED A NUCLEAR WAR

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Nov 17, 2018

With the arrival of the Bomb and its immense destructive power, the efforts to protect elites and commoners alike from swift destruction assumed novel and at times grotesque forms. Civil defense foundered in America upon the sheer scale of the problem getting tens of millions of urbanites out of cit...

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Incoming Florida Senate President says lawmakers will look at ‘modifications’ regarding elections INCOMING FLORIDA SENATE PRESIDENT SAYS LAWMAKERS WILL LOOK AT ‘MODIFICATIONS’ REGARDING ELECTIONS

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Nov 16, 2018

With Florida becoming “the laughing stock of the world,” according to a federal judge tied up in election lawsuits, the new president of the Florida Senate says election reform will be addressed when the Legislature convenes in 2019. “We’ve had too many problems through too m...

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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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To save arms control, House Dems should act like a GOP senator TO SAVE ARMS CONTROL, HOUSE DEMS SHOULD ACT LIKE A GOP SENATOR

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Nov 15, 2018

Donald Trump has stated his intention to ditch the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He and National Security Advisor John Bolton also apparently unhappy with the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty. Withdrawal from New START would leave Russian strategic forces wholly unconstrained a...

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Senators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill SENATORS INTRODUCE TRUMP-BACKED CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL

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Nov 15, 2018

Senators introduced bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation on Thursday, a day after President Trump threw his support behind the issue.  The formal introduction of the bill, which combines a House-passed prison reform bill with changes to sentencing laws, comes as lawmakers are trying 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 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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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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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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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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Spare Us the Nationalist Defense of American Sovereignty SPARE US THE NATIONALIST DEFENSE OF AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY

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Nov 14, 2018

It is past time to challenge conservative nationalists on their fearmongering about alleged threats to American sovereignty. A case in point is Wednesday’s Washington Post column by Marc A. Thiessen (“The French President and the Alt-Right Both Get Nationalism Wrong”). The column i...

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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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Trump TRUMP'S IRAN POLICY CANNOT SUCCEED WITHOUT ALLIES

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Nov 09, 2018

“Then there were none” was Agatha Christie’s most memorable mystery about a house party in which each guest was killed off one by one. Donald Trump’s policy toward Iran has resulted in much the same: a vanishing one by one of the American partners who were previously supporti...

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2018 exit polls show greater white support for Democrats 2018 EXIT POLLS SHOW GREATER WHITE SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRATS

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Nov 08, 2018

Tuesday’s midterm House elections saw Democrats fare much better than they did in the 2016 presidential contest. Two years ago, Hillary Clinton topped Donald Trump by 4.6 percent in the popular vote, while this week, Democratic House candidates received 9 percent more votes than their Republic...

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Trump endorsed 75 candidates in the midterms. How did they fare on Election Day? TRUMP ENDORSED 75 CANDIDATES IN THE MIDTERMS. HOW DID THEY FARE ON ELECTION DAY?

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Nov 07, 2018

All midterm elections become referenda on the sitting president, and this one was no different. The New York Review of Books even cited UCSD election scholar Gary Jacobson’s assertion that “a sitting president has never been as central an issue in a midterm election as Trump is in 2018.&...

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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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Trump urges Republicans to stop ‘wrecking ball’ and back Kemp TRUMP URGES REPUBLICANS TO STOP ‘WRECKING BALL’ AND BACK KEMP

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Nov 04, 2018

Brian Kemp saved his most prominent surrogate for last. President Donald Trump is headlining a get-out-the-vote rally for the Republican gubernatorial nominee at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon. Trump’s trip comes as polls continue to show Kemp neck-and-neck against Dem...

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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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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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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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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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Graham to introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship GRAHAM TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP

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Oct 30, 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said that he will introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship after President Trump suggested he wanted to do so through an executive order.  "Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship. I’ve al...

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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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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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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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Trump opposition stalls advisory committee transparency bill TRUMP OPPOSITION STALLS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TRANSPARENCY BILL

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Oct 26, 2018

A wave of opposition from the Trump administration looks poised to sink the chances of a bill aimed at bringing greater transparency to roughly 1,000 committees that advise the federal government. The legislation aimed at closing perceived loopholes in the 46-year-old Federal Advisory Committee Act ...

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President Trump Isn’t Breaking Immigration Arrest Records PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN’T BREAKING IMMIGRATION ARREST RECORDS

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Oct 25, 2018

President Trump has made no secret about his intentions to deport illegal immigrants. His statements as well as administrative actions to remove certain guidelines that focused enforcement efforts on criminals has understandably caused a lot of concern among illegal immigrants, their American famili...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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