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

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Apr 25, 2019

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

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

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Apr 25, 2019

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

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

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Apr 10, 2019

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

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

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Apr 10, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 04, 2019

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

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

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Apr 01, 2019

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

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North Macedonia Negates NATO Skeptics NORTH MACEDONIA NEGATES NATO SKEPTICS

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Mar 29, 2019

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

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

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Mar 29, 2019

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

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

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Mar 29, 2019

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

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

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Mar 29, 2019

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

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

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Mar 29, 2019

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

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

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Mar 29, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 28, 2019

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

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

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Mar 27, 2019

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

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

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Mar 27, 2019

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

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

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Mar 26, 2019

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

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THE WEAKNESS OF DEMOCRACY THE WEAKNESS OF DEMOCRACY

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Mar 26, 2019

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

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

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Mar 26, 2019

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

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

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Mar 26, 2019

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

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

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Mar 26, 2019

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

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

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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Enough of our budget farce ENOUGH OF OUR BUDGET FARCE

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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

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Mar 24, 2019

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

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

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Mar 24, 2019

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

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A Grand Compromise on Immigration A GRAND COMPROMISE ON IMMIGRATION

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Mar 24, 2019

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

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The Lebanonization of America THE LEBANONIZATION OF AMERICA

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Mar 24, 2019

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

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

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Mar 24, 2019

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

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

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Mar 24, 2019

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

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

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Mar 24, 2019

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

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

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Mar 22, 2019

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

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

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Mar 22, 2019

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

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

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Mar 22, 2019

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

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

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Mar 21, 2019

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

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

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Mar 21, 2019

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

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

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Mar 21, 2019

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

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

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Mar 21, 2019

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

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

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Mar 21, 2019

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

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

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Mar 20, 2019

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

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

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Mar 20, 2019

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

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

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Mar 20, 2019

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

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

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Mar 20, 2019

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

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

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Mar 20, 2019

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

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

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Mar 20, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 19, 2019

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

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

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Mar 18, 2019

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

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

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Mar 18, 2019

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

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

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Mar 18, 2019

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

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

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Mar 18, 2019

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

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

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Mar 18, 2019

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

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

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Mar 18, 2019

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

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

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Mar 17, 2019

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

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

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Mar 17, 2019

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

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

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Mar 15, 2019

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

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

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Mar 15, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 14, 2019

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

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

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Mar 13, 2019

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

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

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Mar 13, 2019

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

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

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Mar 13, 2019

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

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

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Mar 13, 2019

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

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

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Mar 13, 2019

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

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

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Mar 13, 2019

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

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

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Mar 13, 2019

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

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The presidential veto power explained THE PRESIDENTIAL VETO POWER EXPLAINED

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 12, 2019

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

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

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Mar 11, 2019

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

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

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Mar 10, 2019

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

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

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Mar 10, 2019

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

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

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Mar 08, 2019

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

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

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Mar 08, 2019

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

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

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Mar 08, 2019

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

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

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Mar 08, 2019

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

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

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Mar 08, 2019

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

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

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Mar 08, 2019

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

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

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Mar 08, 2019

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

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

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Mar 07, 2019

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

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

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Mar 07, 2019

Everything you need to know about the British Labour Party is contained in the fact that Luciana Berger is no longer a member and Alex Scott-Samuel is.