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Seven reasons why the Internal Combustion Engine is a dead man walking SEVEN REASONS WHY THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IS A DEAD MAN WALKING

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Sep 18, 2019

The age of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is over. Electric cars are the future. The transition has just begun, but the move from ICE vehicles to Electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect. What are the factors that lead me to say this with such confidence? However, ...

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Jobs ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF JOBS

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Sep 18, 2019

My role here at SAP is IoT Evangelist. It’s my job to go around and speak about how the Internet of Things is changing the way we live, work, and run our businesses. IoT Evangelist is a job title that didn’t exist 5 or 10 years ago – mainly because the Internet of Things wasn&rsquo...

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House Ag Democrats and GOP Senators Call for CCC Provision HOUSE AG DEMOCRATS AND GOP SENATORS CALL FOR CCC PROVISION

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Sep 17, 2019

On Tuesday, Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven, R-N.D., said at a markup of the fiscal year 2020 Agriculture appropriations bill it is “critical” that the continuing resolution to fund the government to allow the Agriculture Department to continue to issu...

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White House Says President Ready to Sign Trade Deal With Japan WHITE HOUSE SAYS PRESIDENT READY TO SIGN TRADE DEAL WITH JAPAN

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Sep 17, 2019

The White House sent a notice to Congress on Monday stating that President Donald Trump is ready to sign a trade deal with Japan. "I am pleased to report that my administration has reached an initial trade agreement regarding tariff barriers (the "agreement") with Japan and I intend t...

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Trump: U.S. is TRUMP: U.S. IS 'LOCKED AND LOADED' TO RESPOND TO SAUDI OIL ATTACK

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Sep 16, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump says American forces are 'locked and loaded' to respond to the fiery attacks on one of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil fields and the world’s biggest crude oil stabilization facility. "There is reason to believe we know the culprit," Trump tweeted...

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Election 2020: Elizabeth Warren Answers Twelve Foreign Policy Questions ELECTION 2020: ELIZABETH WARREN ANSWERS TWELVE FOREIGN POLICY QUESTIONS

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Sep 16, 2019

Last week’s third round of Democratic presidential debates gave foreign policy some attention. The candidates spent a shade under forty minutes discussing events beyond America’s borders. That is more time than the first two rounds of debate did combined. Even so, the candidates discusse...

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Trump Makes First Statements Regarding GM-UAW Strike TRUMP MAKES FIRST STATEMENTS REGARDING GM-UAW STRIKE

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Sep 16, 2019

President Donald Trump provided his first statements on the United Auto Workers-General Motors strike Monday after workers walked off the job on Midnight Sunday. According to The Detroit Free Press, Trump told media he was “sad,” about the strike and that he hoped it was a “quick o...

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More talks, but no Trump-Congress deal on gun legislation MORE TALKS, BUT NO TRUMP-CONGRESS DEAL ON GUN LEGISLATION

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Sep 15, 2019

With growing pressure from Democrats for action by the Senate on a House-passed bill which requires background checks on private gun sales, President Donald Trump spoke Sunday with Democratic leaders in Congress, as the White House said legislative solutions are still being examined.

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US meddling in Hong Kong could trigger a tragedy US MEDDLING IN HONG KONG COULD TRIGGER A TRAGEDY

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Sep 12, 2019

As Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations intensify, the Chinese government accuses the United States of fomenting the trouble. It is easy to dismiss such accusations as propaganda from a communist regime making excuses for its own blunders. There is considerable truth to that explanation, b...

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US budget deficit for 11 months up $169 billion over 2018 US BUDGET DEFICIT FOR 11 MONTHS UP $169 BILLION OVER 2018

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Sep 12, 2019

The U.S. government’s budget deficit increased by $169 billion to $1.07 trillion in the first 11 months of this budget year as spending grew faster than tax collections. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the deficit with just one month left in the budget year is up 18.8% over the ...

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U.S., China to Resume Trade Talks, but Obstacles Remain U.S., CHINA TO RESUME TRADE TALKS, BUT OBSTACLES REMAIN

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Sep 11, 2019

The announcement last week that the United States and China would resume trade talks in October sent stocks up, but many obstacles remain before a deal is in sight. The two sides announced last week that Vice Premier Liu He, who has been leading the talks on the Chinese side, would travel to the Uni...

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Qualifying for the debate: The lost role of peer review QUALIFYING FOR THE DEBATE: THE LOST ROLE OF PEER REVIEW

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Sep 11, 2019

The two previous Democratic primary debates had so many contenders that they challenged the patience of even the most loyal political junkies. This week’s Democratic debate will feature half as many: only 10, candidates. The DNC’s process for narrowing the field has gotten a lot of criti...

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The Role of Sales in Sales Enablement THE ROLE OF SALES IN SALES ENABLEMENT

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Sep 10, 2019

However, with a regular commute time that consumes a couple of hours each day, I have shifted my focus to podcasts and audiobooks. One of my favorite podcasts is the Inside Sales Enablement series by Scott Santucci and Brian Lambert. In their last episode, they spent time reviewing their thoughts an...

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Implementing Buyer Enablement in Your Sales Enablement Strategy (2019) IMPLEMENTING BUYER ENABLEMENT IN YOUR SALES ENABLEMENT STRATEGY (2019)

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Sep 10, 2019

The majority of the time I only had access to two TV channels, three on a good weather day, and I vividly remember when I first saw a color television. At this time, products and services were limited, and buyer choices were almost non-existent. Fast-forward to 2019. Not only do I have access to hun...

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How Donald Trump Blew Up the Afghan Peace Process HOW DONALD TRUMP BLEW UP THE AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

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Sep 10, 2019

With the suspension of the U.S.-Taliban talks, Mullah Baradar, the Taliban’s lead negotiator in Qatar, may be spending some of his free time reading Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal, trying to make sense of the U.S. president’s bombshell Twitter thread from this weekend. On Satur...

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Biodiesel Producers Plead With Trump to Stand Behind Promises on RFS BIODIESEL PRODUCERS PLEAD WITH TRUMP TO STAND BEHIND PROMISES ON RFS

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Sep 10, 2019

In a plea to President Donald Trump ahead of an expected announced policy change on biofuels, the National Biodiesel Board and 33 of its producer members called on the administration to save the industry from small-refinery exemptions. As of Friday, according to an ethanol industry source, Trump'...

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Considerations for expanding international reference pricing beyond Medicare Part B CONSIDERATIONS FOR EXPANDING INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE PRICING BEYOND MEDICARE PART B

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Sep 09, 2019

Last fall, the Trump administration announced that it was exploring an international reference pricing model for drugs covered under Part B of Medicare (which are generally drugs administered by a physician, such as many chemotherapy drugs). Under this model, the amount Medicare would pay for these ...

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US-China Trade War and the Future of Iran Oil Exports to China US-CHINA TRADE WAR AND THE FUTURE OF IRAN OIL EXPORTS TO CHINA

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Sep 09, 2019

China is self-sufficient in many respects in the old oil industry, but it still needs foreign equipment and imported advanced technologies to extract and explore oil resources. These are China’s weaknesses that need to be addressed. China’s oil industry will not be immune to US-China tra...

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To thwart a possible recession, Trump should work on policies that support workers TO THWART A POSSIBLE RECESSION, TRUMP SHOULD WORK ON POLICIES THAT SUPPORT WORKERS

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Sep 08, 2019

There have been a growing number of reports that another recession is on the horizon, with some economists predicting that it may happen within a year. Last month, in response to the news, President Trump and his economic advisor Larry Kudlow floated and retracted a number of possible solutions, inc...

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NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement NOAA LEADERSHIP TRADES SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY FOR POLITICAL APPEASEMENT

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Sep 07, 2019

The mission of the National Weather Service is to provide “weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.” And its hard-working employees work around the clock in offices around the country to ensu...

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Trump taking money from storm-damaged FL & Puerto Rico military bases to pay for border wall TRUMP TAKING MONEY FROM STORM-DAMAGED FL & PUERTO RICO MILITARY BASES TO PAY FOR BORDER WALL

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Sep 05, 2019

Florida Democrats slammed President Donald Trump’s decision to shift $3.6 billion away from military construction projects to build a portion of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Among the projects losing the funding is $17 million for a “crash and rescue” facility at Tyndall A...

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The American Founders Made Sure the President Could Never Suspend Congress THE AMERICAN FOUNDERS MADE SURE THE PRESIDENT COULD NEVER SUSPEND CONGRESS

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Sep 04, 2019

The British monarch has the right to determine when Parliament is in session – or, more to the point, when it is not. Breaking with longstanding tradition, and possibly with the United Kingdom’s unwritten constitution, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Queen Elizabeth II to suspend,...

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Border wall money diversion will take $77 million from Virginia military projects, Kaine and Warner say BORDER WALL MONEY DIVERSION WILL TAKE $77 MILLION FROM VIRGINIA MILITARY PROJECTS, KAINE AND WARNER SAY

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Sep 04, 2019

The Trump administration’s relentless push to build its wall along the Mexican border will siphon more than $77 million from four military projects in Virginia, Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner said in a statement today. The Democratic senators said they were informed by the Department of Defen...

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5 Reasons Your Company Needs Account-Based Marketing 5 REASONS YOUR COMPANY NEEDS ACCOUNT-BASED MARKETING

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Sep 03, 2019

Every company can benefit from account-based marketing, no matter your size or target market. These are our top 5 reasons why your company would benefit from incorporating ABM tactics into your marketing strategy. If you go to any marketing conference or presentation, chances are you’ll hear a...

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White House Endorses 2.6 Percent Federal Civilian Pay Raise for 2020 WHITE HOUSE ENDORSES 2.6 PERCENT FEDERAL CIVILIAN PAY RAISE FOR 2020

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Sep 02, 2019

The White House proposed a 2.6 percent pay increase for the Federal civilian workforce on August 30, to take effect at the beginning of the 2020 calendar year. President Trump’s endorsement of a 2020 pay increase for the Federal civilian workforce marks a sharp turnaround from the White House&...

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President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO USE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO MAKE THE FCC AND FTC POLICE SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP

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Aug 29, 2019

President Trump has a plan to involve the FTC and FCC in policing censorship by social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter. Earlier in August, CNN’s Brian Fung reported on a summary of a draft executive order from President Trump that was first reported on by Politico. The executive o...

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What Ending the Flores Agreement on Detention of Immigrant Children Really Means WHAT ENDING THE FLORES AGREEMENT ON DETENTION OF IMMIGRANT CHILDREN REALLY MEANS

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Aug 29, 2019

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rule on custody of two groups of noncitizen children, establishing different procedures for the treatment of children accompanied by at least one parent at the border prior to arrest and “unaccompanied alien children” ...

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Your guide for talking about Barack Obama during the 2020 contest YOUR GUIDE FOR TALKING ABOUT BARACK OBAMA DURING THE 2020 CONTEST

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Aug 27, 2019

In the 2020 race for president, we have a former vice president who points to the Barack Obama years as a paradise under assault not just from Donald Trump, but from his Democratic competitors as well. For instance, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker all have trafficked in some form of...

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WaPo Editorial Board Calls Sanders Green New Deal ‘Wrongheaded’ WAPO EDITORIAL BOARD CALLS SANDERS GREEN NEW DEAL ‘WRONGHEADED’

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Aug 27, 2019

For the second time in the last two months The Washington Post Editorial Board panned a plan by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders –this time calling his climate plan aka “Green New Deal” as both “grandiose” and “wrongheaded.” Sanders plan whic...

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Government seeks emergency relief on asylum rule GOVERNMENT SEEKS EMERGENCY RELIEF ON ASYLUM RULE

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Aug 26, 2019

The battle over immigration through the southern border of the United States came to the Supreme Court today. The federal government asked the justices for permission to enforce a new rule that would bar most migrants from seeking asylum in this country if they pass through another country before ar...

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Anatomy of an oversight investigation: White House security clearances ANATOMY OF AN OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION: WHITE HOUSE SECURITY CLEARANCES

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Aug 26, 2019

Since regaining the majority in January, House Democrats have been conducting oversight of the Trump administration on issues ranging from family separation at the border to the rollback of environmental regulations. While the policy areas addressed by these investigations are diverse, House committ...

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Georgia governor on trade war with China: ‘Trust the president’ GEORGIA GOVERNOR ON TRADE WAR WITH CHINA: ‘TRUST THE PRESIDENT’

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Aug 26, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp had just begun a question-and-answer session with eight Asian-American business owners in Gwinnett County when Tim Le, a real estate investor, asked a question on many of their minds: With threats of a trade war looming, how does the U.S. economy keep growing? Le and the other execut...

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Senator Bernie Sanders Releases $16 Trillion Green New Deal Plan SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS RELEASES $16 TRILLION GREEN NEW DEAL PLAN

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Aug 24, 2019

On August 22nd, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a 14,000-word plan to implement the Green New Deal—a detailed blueprint to “avert climate catastrophe and create 20 million new jobs.” Declaring climate change a “global emergency,” “existential threat,” a...

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A disturbance in the Force: President Trump, DOD’s JEDI procurement, and the Old Post Office A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE: PRESIDENT TRUMP, DOD’S JEDI PROCUREMENT, AND THE OLD POST OFFICE

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Aug 23, 2019

President Trump’s animus toward Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos appears to have led the Department of Defense (DoD) to delay its $10 billion cloud computing procurement, in which Mr. Bezos’s Amazon is the front-runner. Before the president upends the competition altogether, he should mo...

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Campaign 2020: Michael Bennet, Democratic Presidential Candidate CAMPAIGN 2020: MICHAEL BENNET, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

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Aug 22, 2019

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American men. One in nine American men will be diagnosed with it during their lifetimes. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is one of them. He learned of his diagnosis this past March. Calling himself “fortunate” because the can...

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Can Trump prevent a US recession in election year? CAN TRUMP PREVENT A US RECESSION IN ELECTION YEAR?

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Aug 22, 2019

Donald Trump is pressuring the Fed to stave off a sharp economic downturn as he seeks reelection in 2020. The feelgood effects of his $1.5 billion program of tax cuts are due to run out soon, so what can he do? US President Donald Trump has spent several days trying to reassure American voters that ...

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Trump TRUMP'S LATEST PLAN TO UNDERMINE SOCIAL SECURITY

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Aug 21, 2019

Donald Trump recently floated cutting the Social Security contribution rate. Voters should not be fooled by this Trojan horse. It looks like a gift to working Americans. In reality, it is part of a longstanding effort to end Social Security. The proposed cut is supposedly about stimulating the econo...

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Huawei is embedded in our infrastructure and the federal government subsidized it HUAWEI IS EMBEDDED IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED IT

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Aug 21, 2019

Recent headlines confirm that the Office of Management and Budget plans to issue an interim rule that would ban U.S. government agencies from doing business with Chinese companies. This issue goes beyond the Trump administration’s continued efforts to redefine America’s economic and trad...

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Creating Content That Improves CX: A Q&A with Lionbridge & Aprimo CREATING CONTENT THAT IMPROVES CX: A Q&A WITH LIONBRIDGE & APRIMO

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Aug 21, 2019

Today’s brands face numerous challenges. They need to create a customized, excellent experience for each and every customer worldwide. To do that, they need to create high-quality, on-target content. They need to create that content quickly, effectively, and for audiences who speak multiple la...

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Going Global 101: How Your Competition Can Be Your Best Resource GOING GLOBAL 101: HOW YOUR COMPETITION CAN BE YOUR BEST RESOURCE

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Aug 20, 2019

Lace-up your sneakers and step up to the starting line: you’re ready to reach countless customers in new markets.  You’ve secured your spot in the Global Marketplace (whether by default or design).  But before you sprint away, take a good look around you. You are not alone in t...

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Proposed Bills Would Help Combat Domestic Terrorism PROPOSED BILLS WOULD HELP COMBAT DOMESTIC TERRORISM

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Aug 20, 2019

Following recent attacks in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio, we have seen a renewed call for domestic terrorism laws to give federal law enforcement the same types of tools that are available to combat violent acts committed by international terrorists. Proposed bills in the U.S...

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Easy Target: How the United States Can Stop Foreign Powers From Attacking Its Elections EASY TARGET: HOW THE UNITED STATES CAN STOP FOREIGN POWERS FROM ATTACKING ITS ELECTIONS

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Aug 20, 2019

State election officials are sounding what is becoming an increasingly dire warning about the integrity of the voting process heading into the 2020 election, pleading for federal funds to help secure next year’s balloting against cyberattacks. At a public forum on Thursday, the top election of...

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Trump’s Trade War Makes Us All Losers TRUMP’S TRADE WAR MAKES US ALL LOSERS

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Aug 19, 2019

President Trump thinks foreign policy works like the New York real estate industry. In The Art of the Deal he recalls how he used to obtain profitable agreements from competitors by intimidating them, raising his bets to the limits of suicide, or beating them out of fatigue. Relations between states...

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Time Is Running out for a Deal with North Korea TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR A DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA

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Aug 19, 2019

Time is running out to achieve a real breakthrough with North Korea. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have attempted multiple times to find a diplomatic solution over Kim’s nuclear arsenal. South Korean leader Moon Jae-in has also reached out to both sides, most recen...

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Trump’s foreign policy crisis arrives TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY CRISIS ARRIVES

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Aug 16, 2019

For two and a half years, the world has wondered how President Donald Trump would cope with a real international crisis. That crisis may have finally arrived in Hong Kong, as Beijing appears poised to execute a massive, violent crackdown against protesters. And how it’s resolved will matter no...

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Hickenlooper, Former Governor & Denver Mayor, Drops Election 2020 Bid HICKENLOOPER, FORMER GOVERNOR & DENVER MAYOR, DROPS ELECTION 2020 BID

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Aug 15, 2019

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may run for the Senate in 2020 against a Republican considered one of the most politically vulnerable incumbents. In a video message , Hickenlooper said he had heard from ...

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U.S. Government Sets New Records for Spending and Revenues U.S. GOVERNMENT SETS NEW RECORDS FOR SPENDING AND REVENUES

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Aug 14, 2019

The U.S. government set new records for spending and tax revenues in July 2019. But because spending has risen so much faster than its tax collections, the latest U.S. Treasury monthly statement also confirms that the government’s budget deficit through the first 10 months of its 2019 fiscal y...

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CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST? CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST?

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Aug 14, 2019

This is the third in a series of articles on creating, maintaining, and optimizing great customer experiences in the context of mounting concerns about privacy and increasingly strict regulations governing data processing. We address topics such as consent strategies, the role of trust, the elements...

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DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER

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Aug 14, 2019

What character appears in the most films and television programs? Dracula? God? Santa Claus?  All of those make the top ten list, but none is the correct answer. Satan (or The Devil) is a character is more than 840 projects – more than any other character. If you limit the list to mortals...

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Trump Launches New Offensive in War for Human Supremacy TRUMP LAUNCHES NEW OFFENSIVE IN WAR FOR HUMAN SUPREMACY

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Aug 13, 2019

One of the many historic successes of Donald Trump's presidency is the impressive degree to which he has advanced the cause of human dominion over the animal kingdom. Since Trump took office, mankind has enjoyed unprecedented species dominance both in the United States and around the world. The ...

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Setting the Stage for U.S. Leadership in 6G SETTING THE STAGE FOR U.S. LEADERSHIP IN 6G

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Aug 13, 2019

Every day there are more headlines about China’s rise in 5G, the next generation of wireless communications technologies, and the economic and national security risks to the United States that go along with these developing technologies. These concerns, particularly the threat of critical infr...

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Government influence on your truck fleet GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE ON YOUR TRUCK FLEET

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Aug 12, 2019

In February, the DRIVE-Safe Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The bill would direct the secretary of transportation to issue regulations to permit an 18-21-year-old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, du...

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McConnell warns China against MCCONNELL WARNS CHINA AGAINST 'ANY VIOLENT CRACKDOWN' IN HONG KONG

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Aug 12, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning the Chinese government after authorities in Hong Kong reportedly fired tear gas at protesters inside a subway station and charged demonstrators Sunday. “The people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as B...

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Democrats think Rep. John Katko will retire, despite 2020 re-election plans DEMOCRATS THINK REP. JOHN KATKO WILL RETIRE, DESPITE 2020 RE-ELECTION PLANS

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Aug 12, 2019

Perhaps it's wishful thinking, or perhaps it's based on the inside-the-Beltway rumor mill. But Democrats continue to believe U.S. Rep. John Katko is a prime candidate for retirement before the 2020 election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats' political ...

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Second Democratic Debate Continues to Emphasize the Importance of Our Courts SECOND DEMOCRATIC DEBATE CONTINUES TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR COURTS

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Aug 09, 2019

Throughout both nights of the second round of Democratic primary debates on July 30 and 31, every candidate admonished the Trump administration for wreaking havoc on our democracy and pressed for measures that protected the interest of all of us over those of the wealthy and powerful. Whether the is...

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Trump TRUMP'S MEDDLING, INTIMIDATION PLAYED A DECISIVE ROLE IN FED'S INTEREST RATE DECISION

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Aug 08, 2019

While the Federal Reserve’s July 31 decision to lower interest rates 0.25 percent likely made nary a ripple in your day, the move represents perhaps the most reckless political interference in the Fed’s 106-year history. The decision is no ripple, but an earthquake that has dire conseque...

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US Business Investment: Rising Market Power Mutes Tax Cut Impact US BUSINESS INVESTMENT: RISING MARKET POWER MUTES TAX CUT IMPACT

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Aug 08, 2019

US business investment has been on the rise. Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017, US businesses have bought more machinery, developed software, and created new intellectual property. Some believe that the key to this growth in business investment has been the Act’...

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Campaign 2020: Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic Presidential Candidate CAMPAIGN 2020: KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

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Aug 07, 2019

It has been a while since Americans have elected successive presidents from the same state. Not since November 2, 1880 in fact.* That’s when Republican James A. Garfield of Ohio won the right to succeed fellow Republican and Ohioan Rutherford B. Hayes. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hopes to break...

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Republicans should get behind the 28th Amendment REPUBLICANS SHOULD GET BEHIND THE 28TH AMENDMENT

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Aug 07, 2019

Last week the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), with 46 co-sponsors, including seven presidential candidates. In January, the same bill—to impose reasonable limits on campaign money while protecting free speech rights—was spo...

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Will Trump Create a New Great Depression? WILL TRUMP CREATE A NEW GREAT DEPRESSION?

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Aug 06, 2019

It’s an old axiom that it is easier to start wars than to end them. President Donald Trump now finds himself in this very predicament. His vow to raise tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods in September has further heightened hostilities with Beijing. China is retaliating by a...

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Will Trump’s trade war with China ever end? WILL TRUMP’S TRADE WAR WITH CHINA EVER END?

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Aug 06, 2019

United States President Donald Trump recently escalated his trade war with China, threatening to impose a 10 per cent tariff on the remaining $300 billion of untaxed Chinese imports. If the new tariff goes into effect in September as promised, virtually all Chinese exports to the US would be subject...

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Florida politicians weigh in on U.S. economic embargo against the Venezuelan government FLORIDA POLITICIANS WEIGH IN ON U.S. ECONOMIC EMBARGO AGAINST THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT

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Aug 06, 2019

Some of Florida’s Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress are applauding new U.S. economic sanctions against the government of Venezuela, geared towards remove President Nicolas Maduro. The embattled president remains in power despite the intense opposition from the United States and m...

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Transparency and Scientific Rigor Improve at Regulatory Agencies Under Trump TRANSPARENCY AND SCIENTIFIC RIGOR IMPROVE AT REGULATORY AGENCIES UNDER TRUMP

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Aug 05, 2019

President Trump vowed to increase transparency concerning how federal agencies operate and impose rules. Regulations should be based on the best-available scientific and economic analyses of any problem being addressed and the likely outcomes of rules proposed to solve it. And good government requir...

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Government Scientists Are Censoring Themselves GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS ARE CENSORING THEMSELVES

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Aug 05, 2019

The Trump administration hadn't even moved into the White House, but already there was an immense fear building in the minds of government employees after the results of the election were in. "Why did you put a big blue Post-It note over your computer's camera?" I remember asking o...

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Will Trump work with Congress to fix NAFTA or will he break his promises to working people? WILL TRUMP WORK WITH CONGRESS TO FIX NAFTA OR WILL HE BREAK HIS PROMISES TO WORKING PEOPLE?

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Aug 05, 2019

Writing from the swing state of Michigan, in the wake of the latest Democratic primary debates, it appears that, despite a quarter century of experience since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed, many candidates and members of the press do not understand why NAFTA harmed so ma...

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Rod Rosenstein weighs in on Trump-Cummings Baltimore exchange, sort of ROD ROSENSTEIN WEIGHS IN ON TRUMP-CUMMINGS BALTIMORE EXCHANGE, SORT OF

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Aug 04, 2019

Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy U.S. attorney general and longtime chief federal prosecutor in Baltimore, is reacting to the high-profile, caustic comments by President Donald Trump about that city’s crime problems. In response to a query from POLITICO, Rosenstein did not comment directly on...

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Broken Baltimore: Taxpayers Pay $2 Billion To Fund 30,000 Public Employees, Says Audit BROKEN BALTIMORE: TAXPAYERS PAY $2 BILLION TO FUND 30,000 PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, SAYS AUDIT

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Aug 04, 2019

Taxpayers have paid nearly $2 billion in federal aid to fund 30,000 public employees in Baltimore at local and federal levels, an audit shows. Baltimore reportedly has 13,522 employees with a combined payroll that exceeds $821 million annually. The mayor’s office paid $7 million in 2018 for th...

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$32 Million: That $32 MILLION: THAT'S HOW MUCH THE MUELLER PROBE COST

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Aug 04, 2019

The special counsel’s investigation cost nearly $32 million in total, according to Justice Department accounting records released Friday. That figure includes the special counsel’s office’s direct expenses, as well as what the Justice Department spent to support the investigation, ...

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Trump Plan For Pharmaceutical Importation A Small Step In The Right Direction TRUMP PLAN FOR PHARMACEUTICAL IMPORTATION A SMALL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

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Aug 01, 2019

On July 31 Secretary of Health and Humans Services Alex Azar announced a proposal that would allow US pharmacies, distributors, and states to import drugs from Canada that are sold there by US drug makers at prices well below the prices for which they are sold in the U.S. US pharmaceutical companies...

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DeSantis distances himself from Trump plan for FL immigration facility but praises partnership with Trump on prescription drug plan DESANTIS DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM TRUMP PLAN FOR FL IMMIGRATION FACILITY BUT PRAISES PARTNERSHIP WITH TRUMP ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN

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Aug 01, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis seemed pleased this week to take credit for a Trump administration initiative to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. He washed his hands, however, of a Trump plan to house migrant children in Central Florida. “The shelters are basically regulated by the federal gov...

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Trump Orders Navy to Rescind Awards for Prosecutors who Lost Eddie Gallagher Case TRUMP ORDERS NAVY TO RESCIND AWARDS FOR PROSECUTORS WHO LOST EDDIE GALLAGHER CASE

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Aug 01, 2019

President Donald Trump is ordering the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations to rescind awards given to prosecutors who were "ridiculously" awarded Navy Achievement Medals after losing the case against former SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, he said in a tweet on Wednesday. "...

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What Boris Johnson means for US-UK relations WHAT BORIS JOHNSON MEANS FOR US-UK RELATIONS

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Jul 31, 2019

Given enduring ties between the United States and the United Kingdom, there has always been a fascination with the personal bonds between those stewarding the “special relationship.” The most memorable pairings have been leaders who were like-minded or committed to a shared cause. Frankl...

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Trade Talks Resume in Shanghai TRADE TALKS RESUME IN SHANGHAI

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Jul 31, 2019

Face-to-face trade negotiations resumed this week between representatives of the United States and China for the first time since President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to restart talks in June. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven ...

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Federal government says Virginia is overcalculating too many SNAP payments FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS VIRGINIA IS OVERCALCULATING TOO MANY SNAP PAYMENTS

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Jul 31, 2019

Virginia got a slap on the wrist this week and may be subject to financial penalties after the federal government found that the state had one of the highest rates of error in the nation in calculating its food-assistance payments. According to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agricul...

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ACLU Accuses Trump Administration Of Continuing Family Separations At Border ACLU ACCUSES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OF CONTINUING FAMILY SEPARATIONS AT BORDER

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Jul 30, 2019

In a court filing on Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union accused the Trump administration of separating nearly 1,000 migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border after a court order to end the practice. “The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge today to block the Trump ad...

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The Potential Trouble with Nominating a DNI from Trump’s Central Casting THE POTENTIAL TROUBLE WITH NOMINATING A DNI FROM TRUMP’S CENTRAL CASTING

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Jul 30, 2019

The nomination-by-tweet of Republican Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to replace outgoing DNI Dan Coats has drawn rapid and harsh condemnation from many political observers and even former intelligence officers for his apparent partisanship and lack ...

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Rivera Defends Support of Trump: ‘He’s Doing the Best for the United States’ RIVERA DEFENDS SUPPORT OF TRUMP: ‘HE’S DOING THE BEST FOR THE UNITED STATES’

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Jul 30, 2019

Mariano Rivera, the Hall of Fame New York Yankees reliever, is not backing off his support for President Donald Trump after an editorial in the Daily Beast accused him of having “served at the pleasure of a racist president.” “He was a friend of mine before he became president,&rdq...

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The Reason Why Trump Picked John Ratcliff for Director of National Intelligence THE REASON WHY TRUMP PICKED JOHN RATCLIFF FOR DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

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Jul 29, 2019

Hours before President Donald Trump tapped him Sunday as director of national intelligence, Rep. John Ratcliffe urged investigations into potential wrongdoing during the Obama administration, including potentially illegal leaks to the media. “What I do know as a former federal prosecutor is it...

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Question for President Trump: Can the U.S. Economy Still Grow at 3%? QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP: CAN THE U.S. ECONOMY STILL GROW AT 3%?

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Jul 29, 2019

Given Wall Street whispers of a very European 1-handle for second-quarter GDP growth, the Trump White House might well have been pleased with the (preliminary) 2.1% number. Although the economy slowed from Q1’s 3.1% pace, it was “a better-than-anticipated outcome,” according to JPM...

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Impeachment Proceedings and the Congressional Oath IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL OATH

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Jul 29, 2019

Democrats had harsh words for the president during Robert Mueller’s appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. “Any other person who acted in this way would have been charged with crimes,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, “and in this na...

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Julian Castro Is ‘Hypercritical’ Of Trump Immigration Policies He Once Praised Under Obama JULIAN CASTRO IS ‘HYPERCRITICAL’ OF TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICIES HE ONCE PRAISED UNDER OBAMA

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Jul 28, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, a fervent opponent of the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, was called out for his past praise of former President Barack Obama’s immigration enforcement policies. “I want to ask you about immigration which you have made a p...

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Diplomatic Drawdown: Why America Has an Ineffective Department of State DIPLOMATIC DRAWDOWN: WHY AMERICA HAS AN INEFFECTIVE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Jul 28, 2019

Earlier this year the Trump administration, while stoking an atmosphere of crisis with Iran, withdrew “nonemergency” personnel from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. It is unclear what specific development, if any, triggered this move. Insofar as the administration was c...

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Love Medicare for All? AOC and Bernie Don LOVE MEDICARE FOR ALL? AOC AND BERNIE DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THIS.

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Jul 28, 2019

Rising support for socialism in the United States comes at a time when politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., promise a great many “free” services, to be provided or guaranteed by the government. Supporters often point to nations with large social programs, such as Canada, the Unit...

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The US-China Trade War: Next Week’s Shanghai Meeting Is A Tiny Glimmer Of Hope THE US-CHINA TRADE WAR: NEXT WEEK’S SHANGHAI MEETING IS A TINY GLIMMER OF HOPE

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Jul 25, 2019

Since the beginning of US-China trade negotiations, this blog has been relentlessly negative about relations between the two countries, which we usually describe as being in a “straight line decline.” In our October 2018 piece, China, the United States and the New Normal, we started call...

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The past and future of America’s political community THE PAST AND FUTURE OF AMERICA’S POLITICAL COMMUNITY

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Jul 25, 2019

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston looks at how the United States has considered and debated political representation since the Founding - a debate that remains very active today. No idea is more central to the entire history of America’s constitutional government than the belief th...

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Challenging EPA CHALLENGING EPA'S NEW FOIA RULE, SUIT SEEKS TO STOP TRUMP'S 'SHAMEFUL ATTEMPT TO KEEP AMERICANS IN THE DARK'

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Jul 24, 2019

A new lawsuit seeks to kill a recent Trump administration rule that critics say deals a blow to transparency by giving the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to shoot down public information requests. The new rule put in place without public input was published on the Federal Register J...

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US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it US ATTORNEY GENERAL DEMANDS ENCRYPTION BACKDOORS AT ALL COSTS AND FOR YOU TO JUST ACCEPT IT

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Jul 24, 2019

President Trump Attorney General, William Barr, has demanded the tech industry create encryption backdoors because he views encryption as a security risk. Barr made his illogical thoughts on encryption known to the world while speaking at an event at Fordham University earlier this morning. He decri...

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10 presidential hopefuls stress civil rights bona fides at NAACP forum 10 PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS STRESS CIVIL RIGHTS BONA FIDES AT NAACP FORUM

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Jul 24, 2019

Ten candidates in the crowded 2020 presidential field made their case as civil rights champions Wednesday, on the closing day of the national NAACP convention in Detroit. Each candidate, including nine of the 20-plus contending for the Democratic nomination and one Republican, former Massachusetts G...

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For Trump, Racism is an Election Strategy. For the Republican Right, it’s a Path to Power. FOR TRUMP, RACISM IS AN ELECTION STRATEGY. FOR THE REPUBLICAN RIGHT, IT’S A PATH TO POWER.

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Jul 23, 2019

Most Republican leaders sat in shameful silence after President Trump told four women of color in the House of Representatives — three of them born in the U.S — to “go back” to the “crime infested” countries they came from. When called on his racist rhetoric, Trum...

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These 7 Democrats Floated Fake Russiagate Stories. Now They Get To Quiz Mueller THESE 7 DEMOCRATS FLOATED FAKE RUSSIAGATE STORIES. NOW THEY GET TO QUIZ MUELLER

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Jul 23, 2019

When Robert Mueller appears Wednesday before two congressional committees, he will face questions from at least seven Democratic lawmakers who have floated false claims about various aspects of the Russia probe, all without issuing retractions once the stories were debunked. Democratic members of th...

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Rand Paul Would Undermine Trump’s Iran Policy RAND PAUL WOULD UNDERMINE TRUMP’S IRAN POLICY

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Jul 23, 2019

The Trump administration's strategy toward Iran is to exert maximum pressure on the regime to force it to renegotiate the flawed nuclear deal and, hopefully, to reach a broader agreement that curtails Iran's nonnuclear belligerence, both within its borders and across the Middle East. And if ...

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Congress nears a summer break with a lot left undone CONGRESS NEARS A SUMMER BREAK WITH A LOT LEFT UNDONE

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Jul 22, 2019

As lawmakers in the House get ready to leave town at the end of this week for a six week summer break, there are all sorts of unfinished legislative issues bubbling around on Capitol Hill, but most of them seem unlikely to get any kind of final resolution before lawmakers go home for an extended rec...

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2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates (And Trump) Keep Ignoring This 1 Issue 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES (AND TRUMP) KEEP IGNORING THIS 1 ISSUE

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Jul 22, 2019

The rapidly expanding national debt has seemingly been a virtual non issue so far in the 2020 presidential campaign. None of the 20 Democratic candidates taking part in the debates later in July touch the national debt issue on their campaign websites, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of their ...

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Mike Pompeo MIKE POMPEO'S HUMAN RIGHTS PROBLEM

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Jul 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been justly criticized for his creation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, with the mission of redefining human rights. The move appears designed to base the redefinition on religious doctrine that Pompeo infuses into his conduct of official business. The relig...

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Voice Of America Says Editor Deleted Anti-Trump Facebook Posts VOICE OF AMERICA SAYS EDITOR DELETED ANTI-TRUMP FACEBOOK POSTS

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Jul 22, 2019

Voice of America, a government run news outlet, told the Daily Caller News Foundation the editor who had a Facebook page filled with anti Trump posts deleted them, but it is unclear if he was punished. Doug Bernard Johnson, VOA Press Freedom editor, had a Facebook page that contained anti Trump post...

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A trio of Georgia polls point to 2020 challenges for Dems A TRIO OF GEORGIA POLLS POINT TO 2020 CHALLENGES FOR DEMS

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Jul 22, 2019

Three separate polls released over the last week hint at the challenges ahead for Democrats aiming to flip Georgia in next year’s presidential contest for the first time in more than a quarter-century. The first, conducted by Morning Consult, showed both Gov. Brian Kemp and Sen. David Perdue &...

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Managing and Mitigating Foreign Election Interference MANAGING AND MITIGATING FOREIGN ELECTION INTERFERENCE

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Jul 21, 2019

President Donald Trump has repeatedly shown that he does not take the issue of Russian interference in elections seriously, most recently at the G20 summit in Japan when he issued a wink wink warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin when pressed on the issue by reporters. This is no laughing matt...

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Trump TRUMP'S TARRIFS ARE HURTING THE ECONOMY. HERE'S HOW TO GET RID OF THEM FOR GOOD.

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Jul 21, 2019

What if the president could define what constitutes a national security threat and enact policy concurrent with that determination? And what if, because of that, he were allowed to levy indirect taxes on the America people from his seat in the Oval Office? By way of the Cold War-era Section 232 of t...

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The U.S. Government Has Found a Devious Way to Hire More Bureaucrats THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS FOUND A DEVIOUS WAY TO HIRE MORE BUREAUCRATS

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Jul 20, 2019

These salaries are underwritten by the $235 billion the federal government lays out to nonprofits each year. To constrain the growth of central government, conservatives have fought to keep down the number of federal bureaucrats. This strategy has failed. Since the 1960s, the number of federal emplo...

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HOUSE VOTES TWO TRUMP CABINET OFFICIALS IN CONTEMPT OVER CENSUS HOUSE VOTES TWO TRUMP CABINET OFFICIALS IN CONTEMPT OVER CENSUS

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Jul 18, 2019

Accusing the Trump Administration of intentionally withholding documents and information about the failed effort by President Donald Trump to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the House on Wednesday voted along party lines to find the Attorney General and Secretary of Commerce in Contem...

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Trump Administration Plans To Freeze Fuel Economy Targets Delayed TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO FREEZE FUEL ECONOMY TARGETS DELAYED

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Jul 18, 2019

Last August, the Trump administration said it was preparing to overturn Obama administration era regulations for emissions and fuel economy, but now, it appears the effort has stalled somewhat. According to a report from The Detroit News on Tuesday, the new regulations will not be released until aft...

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Why national preemption has become a technology policy flash point WHY NATIONAL PREEMPTION HAS BECOME A TECHNOLOGY POLICY FLASH POINT

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Jul 18, 2019

Given our current political divisions, it is not surprising to see federalism debates in the middle of many arguments over technology policy. Advocates are arguing over who should set the rules of the road concerning municipal broadband, privacy, cell tower siting, and drone regulation, among other ...

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U.S. Elections Are Still Vulnerable to Foreign Hacking U.S. ELECTIONS ARE STILL VULNERABLE TO FOREIGN HACKING

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Jul 18, 2019

Election officials warn that the time is running out for Congress to bolster security before the 2020 race. The warnings follow a recent statement from a senior U.S. intelligence official confirming that Russia, China, and Iran are attempting to manipulate public opinion ahead of the 2020 elections....

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Sinotech: U.S. and Chinese Negotiations Make First Direct Contact Since G-20 SINOTECH: U.S. AND CHINESE NEGOTIATIONS MAKE FIRST DIRECT CONTACT SINCE G-20

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Jul 18, 2019

On July 9, U.S. and Chinese negotiators held a phone call in the first instance of direct bilateral contact since President Trump announced the resumption of trade negotiations at the G-20 summit in Osaka. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin represented ...

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The perils of Donald Trump loving Israel just a little too much THE PERILS OF DONALD TRUMP LOVING ISRAEL JUST A LITTLE TOO MUCH

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Jul 17, 2019

It would have been remarkable in any administration: a Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism with appearances by some of the president’s top guns, including the secretary of the Treasury, the secretary of Education and the FBI director. And all hosted by and presided over by the attorney general. ...

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Senate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime SENATE PASSES BILL MAKING HACKING VOTING SYSTEMS A FEDERAL CRIME

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Jul 17, 2019

The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday night that would make it a federal crime to hack into any voting systems used in a federal election. The bill, known as the Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act, passed the chamber on Wednesday night by unanimous consent, which requires the sign of...

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Pennsylvania mayor refuses to raise LGBT pride flag over city hall, calls it PENNSYLVANIA MAYOR REFUSES TO RAISE LGBT PRIDE FLAG OVER CITY HALL, CALLS IT 'POLITICAL' SYMBOL

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Jul 17, 2019

A mayor in Pennsylvania has blocked the local city council from raising the LGBT pride flag at city hall, calling it a "political" symbol. Reading, Pa., Mayor Wally Scott (D) on Monday prohibited city employees from raising the rainbow flag as part of a pride celebration shortly before it ...

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Trump Administration Dramatically Reduces Penalties for Auto Inefficiency TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DRAMATICALLY REDUCES PENALTIES FOR AUTO INEFFICIENCY

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Jul 16, 2019

In a Friday news dump last week, the Trump administration announced that they will be finalizing a reduction in fines for missing fuel economy targets. Not only is the administration working to roll back the strong standards set in place by the previous administration currently driving efficiency im...

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Agriculture Department AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT'S RELOCATION OF ERS AND NIFA: A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM

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Jul 16, 2019

Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the relocation of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) federal agencies from Washington, DC to the recently chosen Kansas City, Mo. Moving ERS and NIFA is a hasty ...

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Soros sleaze infests US government media agency with Obama holdouts still refusing to go SOROS SLEAZE INFESTS US GOVERNMENT MEDIA AGENCY WITH OBAMA HOLDOUTS STILL REFUSING TO GO

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Jul 16, 2019

The U.S. Agency for Global Media, which is the parent company of government broadcasting outfits such as TV Marti, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Voice of America, continues to be scandal-plagued, the latest incident of which was the pleading guilty in court of its "chief strategy off...

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Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Barrett Votes to Deport 30-Year Resident With No Chance to Prove Equal Protection Claim CONFIRMED JUDGES, CONFIRMED FEARS: TRUMP CIRCUIT JUDGE BARRETT VOTES TO DEPORT 30-YEAR RESIDENT WITH NO CHANCE TO PROVE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAIM

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Jul 16, 2019

Trump 7th Circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett cast the deciding vote in a 2-1 June opinion and order in Ramos v. Barr that authorized immediate deportation of an immigrant who has legally resided in the U.S. for 30 years without any chance to demonstrate that his removal would violate the Constitution&r...

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How Bernie Sanders Would Destroy the Supreme Court: ‘Rotating’ Justices HOW BERNIE SANDERS WOULD DESTROY THE SUPREME COURT: ‘ROTATING’ JUSTICES

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Jul 15, 2019

Efforts to turn judges from impartial umpires into political operatives confirm the axiom that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. The Declaration of Independence lists actions by King George III that justified separating from Great Britain. The king, for example, had made Ju...

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Trumpery, Codswallop, and this Administration’s Real Environmental Record TRUMPERY, CODSWALLOP, AND THIS ADMINISTRATION’S REAL ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD

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Jul 15, 2019

Earlier this month President Trump, surrounded by multiple Cabinet members, presented his administration is environmental accomplishments in a speech to the nation. As noted by many fact checkers, the president and his Cabinet made statements that were a series of half truths, cherry picked data, an...

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Drilling Down on the Attempted Takedown of the Government’s Advisory Committees DRILLING DOWN ON THE ATTEMPTED TAKEDOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ADVISORY COMMITTEES

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Jul 15, 2019

The House Science committee will be holding a hearing tomorrow to talk about the status of the government is advisory committees, which is extremely timely considering the Trump administration is attempting to get rid of them altogether. The Government Accountability Office has issued a brand new re...

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SailPoint Levels-Up their ABM Strategy with Intent Data SAILPOINT LEVELS-UP THEIR ABM STRATEGY WITH INTENT DATA

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Jul 15, 2019

The buyer’s journey has changed in a way which leaves many sales and marketing teams struggling to find insight from within what we call the Dark Funnel. However, many technology companies are starting to build solutions to address the radical new way customers engage and buy today by collecti...

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Duo Security Sets BDRs up for Success with 6sense DUO SECURITY SETS BDRS UP FOR SUCCESS WITH 6SENSE

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Jul 15, 2019

The role of a Business Development Rep can be a daunting one. Knowing where to prioritize when you have over 1,000 accounts and knowing what content to reach out to them and engage them with can be an impossible task. But if you have the right intent data that can show you where the account is in th...

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

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Jul 14, 2019

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

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

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Jul 12, 2019

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

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

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Jul 12, 2019

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

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

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Jul 11, 2019

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

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Trump’s Tax Returns TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS

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Jul 11, 2019

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

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

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Jul 11, 2019

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

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

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Jul 10, 2019

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

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

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Jul 10, 2019

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

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

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Jul 10, 2019

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

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

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Jul 10, 2019

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

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

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Jul 09, 2019

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

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

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Jul 09, 2019

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

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

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Jul 09, 2019

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

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

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Jul 09, 2019

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

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

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Jul 09, 2019

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

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

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Jul 08, 2019

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

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

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Jul 08, 2019

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

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

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Jul 08, 2019

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

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

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Jul 08, 2019

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

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Why Sales Leaders Need to Digitally Transform Their Teams WHY SALES LEADERS NEED TO DIGITALLY TRANSFORM THEIR TEAMS

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Jul 08, 2019

Three key trends are driving the need for sales leaders to digitally transform their organizations. First, b-to-b buyers are conducting more of their purchase journey in the digital arena and demanding the same kind of frictionless and seamless customer experience they enjoy as consumers. Second, th...

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

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Jul 08, 2019

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

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

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Jul 08, 2019

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

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

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Jul 07, 2019

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

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

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Jul 07, 2019

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

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

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Jul 04, 2019

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

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

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Jul 03, 2019

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

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

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Jul 03, 2019

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

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

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Jul 03, 2019

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

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

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Jul 03, 2019

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

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

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Jul 02, 2019

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

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

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Jul 01, 2019

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

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

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Jul 01, 2019

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

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

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Jul 01, 2019

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

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

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Jun 30, 2019

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

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

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Jun 30, 2019

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

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

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Jun 28, 2019

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

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

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Jun 27, 2019

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

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

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Jun 27, 2019

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

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

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Jun 27, 2019

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

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

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Jun 26, 2019

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

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

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Jun 26, 2019

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

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

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Jun 25, 2019

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

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

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Jun 25, 2019

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

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

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Jun 24, 2019

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

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

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Jun 24, 2019

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

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

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Jun 24, 2019

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

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

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Jun 24, 2019

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

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

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Jun 24, 2019

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

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

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Jun 23, 2019

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

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

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Jun 23, 2019

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

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

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Jun 20, 2019

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

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

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Jun 20, 2019

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

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

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Jun 19, 2019

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

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

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Jun 19, 2019

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

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

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Jun 18, 2019

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

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

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Jun 18, 2019

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

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

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Jun 17, 2019

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

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

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Jun 17, 2019

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

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

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Jun 17, 2019

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

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

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Jun 16, 2019

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

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

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Jun 15, 2019

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

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

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Jun 14, 2019

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

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

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Jun 13, 2019

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

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

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Jun 13, 2019

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

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

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Jun 12, 2019

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

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

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Jun 12, 2019

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

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

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Jun 12, 2019

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

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

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Jun 12, 2019

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

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

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Jun 12, 2019

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

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Your interoperable democracy YOUR INTEROPERABLE DEMOCRACY

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Jun 12, 2019

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

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

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Jun 11, 2019

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

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

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Jun 11, 2019

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

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

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Jun 10, 2019

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

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

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Jun 10, 2019

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

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

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Jun 10, 2019

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

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

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Jun 10, 2019

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

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

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Jun 10, 2019

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

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Trump TRUMP'S RISKY TRADE GAME

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Jun 09, 2019

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

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

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Jun 09, 2019

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

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

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Jun 07, 2019

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

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

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Jun 07, 2019

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

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

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Jun 07, 2019

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

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

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Jun 06, 2019

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

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

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Jun 06, 2019

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

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

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Jun 05, 2019

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

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

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Jun 05, 2019

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

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

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Jun 03, 2019

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

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

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Jun 03, 2019

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

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

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Jun 03, 2019

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

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

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May 31, 2019

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

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

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May 30, 2019

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

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

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May 29, 2019

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

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

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May 29, 2019

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

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

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May 28, 2019

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

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

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May 28, 2019

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

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

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May 28, 2019

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

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

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May 27, 2019

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

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

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May 23, 2019

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

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

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May 22, 2019

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

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

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May 22, 2019

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

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

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May 21, 2019

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

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

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May 20, 2019

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

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

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May 20, 2019

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

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

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May 17, 2019

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

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

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May 16, 2019

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

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

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May 15, 2019

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

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Trump TRUMP'S HIRED HANDS WANT A WAR IN IRAN

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May 14, 2019

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

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Is British politics broken? IS BRITISH POLITICS BROKEN?

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May 14, 2019

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

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

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May 14, 2019

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

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

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May 13, 2019

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

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

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May 13, 2019

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

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

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May 10, 2019

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

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

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May 09, 2019

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

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

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May 08, 2019

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

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

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May 07, 2019

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

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

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May 05, 2019

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

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

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May 03, 2019

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

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Trump TRUMP'S DEMOLITION OF ARMS CONTROL

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May 01, 2019

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

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

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Apr 30, 2019

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

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

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Apr 29, 2019

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

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

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Apr 29, 2019

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

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

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Apr 29, 2019

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

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

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Apr 26, 2019

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

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

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Apr 26, 2019

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

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

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Apr 25, 2019

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

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

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Apr 25, 2019

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

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

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Apr 25, 2019

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

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

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Apr 24, 2019

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

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

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Apr 24, 2019

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

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

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Apr 24, 2019

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

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

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Apr 24, 2019

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

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

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Apr 24, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 23, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 22, 2019

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

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

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Apr 21, 2019

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

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

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Apr 19, 2019

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

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

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Apr 19, 2019

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

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

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Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 17, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 16, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 15, 2019

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

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

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Apr 14, 2019

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

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

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Apr 14, 2019

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

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

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Apr 12, 2019

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

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

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Apr 11, 2019

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

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

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Apr 11, 2019

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

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

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Apr 11, 2019

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

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

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Apr 11, 2019

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

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

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Apr 11, 2019

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

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

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Apr 11, 2019

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

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A Little Knowledge on Brexit A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE ON BREXIT

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Apr 11, 2019

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

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

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Apr 10, 2019

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

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

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Apr 10, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 09, 2019

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

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

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Apr 08, 2019

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

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

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Apr 08, 2019

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

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

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Apr 08, 2019

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

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

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Apr 08, 2019

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

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

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Apr 08, 2019

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

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

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Apr 08, 2019

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

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

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Apr 07, 2019

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

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

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Apr 05, 2019

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

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

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Apr 05, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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Tackling Corruption in Government TACKLING CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 03, 2019

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

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

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Apr 03, 2019

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

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

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Apr 03, 2019

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

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

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Apr 03, 2019

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

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

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Apr 02, 2019

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

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

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Apr 02, 2019

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

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

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Apr 02, 2019

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

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

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Apr 02, 2019

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

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

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Apr 02, 2019

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

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

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Apr 02, 2019

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

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

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Apr 02, 2019

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

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

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Apr 01, 2019

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

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Brexit solution desperately needed BREXIT SOLUTION DESPERATELY NEEDED

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Apr 01, 2019

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

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

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Apr 01, 2019

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

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

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Apr 01, 2019

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

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No-deal risk remains NO-DEAL RISK REMAINS

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Apr 01, 2019

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

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

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Apr 01, 2019

Sports fans have long been familiar with their favorite stadiums being sponsored by companies.