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The House passes a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill with just over a day to go before the government would shut down. The Senate could vote on the bill with a least a few hours' cushion before the midnight Friday shutdown deadline. The proposal would significantly boost spending on the military ...
As a free floater, he has become a key to the government's suddenly improved prospects of passing its tax cuts for big companies, which would take their tax rate from 30% to 25% by 2026-27. Settling into his new surrounds, Storer had the adrenaline hit of being targeted by government, opposition ...

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has today announced that the government is getting a 'new crypto assets task force' designed to make it easier for fintech companies to follow complex regulations. The Chancellor delivered a speech at the government's second annual ...
The British government has announced a plan to establish a cryptocurrency 'task force' that will include Her Majesty's Treasury, The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority. As a part of the UK government's broader Fintech Sector Strategy, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond ...
Daniel Petrocelli, the lead attorney for AT&T and Time Warner, spent much of his allotted 45-minute argument tearing into the government's estimates of economic harm. "They cannot meet their heavy burden of proof," he said. AT&T, even when adding Time Warner, is not just competing with its peers in ...
Carrying their light arms, hundreds of defeated rebels began evacuating with their families Thursday from a devastated town in eastern Ghouta, an effective surrender under a deal with the government after a long siege and bombing campaign of the enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. The departure ... capital
Long lines formed Thursday morning for opening statements in the government's lawsuit over AT&T's planned purchase of Time Warner, which observers are watching as potentially the most consequential antitrust case in years. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes and ...
During the administration of President Barack Obama, attorneys general from Republican states developed a powerful tool: They teamed up dozens of times to sue the federal government to block environmental initiatives. Now, Democrats are using the same playbook to fight the Trump administration. GOP
Though the Canadian leader is more than halfway through a week-long trip, he has yet to meet with a single senior member of the Indian government, sparking widespread speculation he has been "snubbed" by New Delhi. Trudeau landed in India along with his wife and three children on Saturday, ... GOP
Somalia's busiest and largest open-air market in Mogadishu has been closed for the past two days. Business owners in Bakara market are protesting over a five percent tax imposed by the government, in an effort to pay back some of its international debt. Al Jazeera's Mohamad El Bardicy reports. GOP
Anyone who has stapled a pile of receipts to a paper expense report to be reimbursed at work knows the process is unnecessary and laborious. It's also one that becomes more cumbersome as the size of the organization grows. Most large companies have internal tools that alleviate some of the burden of ... GOP
He said the responsibility lies with state and federal governments "to protect the population [and] to provide for the general welfare" of the people. "They need to step up to that," Simon said. "And the retailers can support them. But retailers simply dropping gun sales at this point today ... it won't solve the ... GOP
The nation state has survived wars, plagues, and upheaval, but it won't survive digital nomads, not if people like Karoli Hindriks have something to say about it. Hindriks is the founder of Jobbatical, a platform that allows digital nomads to find work in other countries and helps with the logistics of getting there ... GOP
However, both bills — which seek to add transparency and curb favoritism among universities and local governments when selecting a contractor — have drawn opposition from some state labor groups, including Master Builders of Iowa. “Some people are upset, but that is what it is. We believe this is the ... GOP
In January, Treasury raised the amount of debt it sells to help fund the US government for the first time since 2009. This was done in anticipation of the expected blowout in the deficit, as spending increases faster than revenue. And it was justified in the early hours of last Friday, when the Senate approved a two-year budget ... GOP

Thirteen months ago, I wrote how 2017 got off to a woeful start for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal-National Coalition government. Back then, a ministerial travel expenses scandal forced Australia's health minister to stand down. It rocked the government, and set the tone for a largely forgettable ... GOP
Russia initially started a social media campaign to disrupt “the lawful governmental functions of the United States” by sowing discord in 2014. But by 2016 it had focused on supporting Donald Trump — as well as Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic Party nomination in that election. GOP
Since our team finished work on the 2010 United States National Broadband Plan, I have met with hundreds of local government officials to discuss their own broadband futures. The conversations usually begin with me asking, “Five years from now, do you think your community will have the bandwidth it ... GOP
Social impact bonds are not bonds in the traditional sense, like, say, bonds of government debt traded on an exchange. They are really pay-for-performance (or pay-for-success) contracts. Normally they are led by governments that see an opportunity to raise fresh capital and cut costs by working with ... GOP
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Friday adjourned the South Sudan peace talks for three weeks. An IGAD envoy did not say why, but opposition parties questioned the government delegation's commitment to finding solutions. Opposition parties, civil society activists and ... GOP
There's a long way to go before the U.S. government starts regulating bitcoin, Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and White House ... National Security Agency, Joyce works to coordinate policy strategy on cybersecurity between the government, private sector, non-governmental organizations and ... GOP
Providing food in a box to needy Americans is nothing new for the federal government. It already supplies packages containing more than 211 million pounds of canned meats and fruits, juices, pasta, cereal and other nonperishable items to nearly 630,000 low-income senior citizens a year. Congress ... GOP
Looking for End-to-End Integration, Granicus Acquires Government Website Builder Vision Internet ... The company already offered federal, state and local governments the ability to send messages to constituents through multiple channels, to livestream meetings and manage agendas, to manage ... GOP
Critics have raised legal and practical objections that regulations to ensure government access would pose unacceptable risks to privacy and civil ... and the range of options available to governments, ranging from doing nothing to imposing specific technological tools for guaranteeing government access. GOP
After months of ongoing protests, people in Togo and the international community have set their hopes on the upcoming talks between President Faure Gnassingbe's government and opposition parties. "The hope of everyone involved is that the dialogue will have the parties resolve the ongoing crisis," ... GOP
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has blasted the government's response to mass shootings in the wake of the massacre that unfolded at a Florida school on Wednesday. Before the Warriors played the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday, Kerr told reporters "nothing has been ... GOP
Even if Mr Wickremesinghe's conservative United National Party (UNP) gets jilted by its junior partner, the centrist Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)—which happens once to have been Mr Rajapaksa's own party—it could probably hang on as a minority government, reliant on smaller parties that loathe the ... GOP
Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, himself a former Georgia State trooper, would develop a department in the Governor's Office — the Governor's Office of Public Safety Support — and would provide access for all first responders at all levels of government, peer support teams and to post critical incident seminars. GOP
GRANITE, Utah — On a recent winter afternoon, the scene inside Dobrila Hasic-Botic's preschool classroom in Granite, Utah, seemed typical of a high-quality pre-K. A 4-year-old in a poufy pink skirt recited the first letter of her name. A boy in jeans and a golf shirt drew shapes on a small whiteboard in his ... GOP
Analysts are concerned that increasing spending, which the new government aims to do by 48 billion euro could be detrimental in the eventuality of economic shocks. Commerzbank said last week in a note that the vast additional expenditure "would imply budget deficits if the economy and interest rates ... GOP
The Senate's second ranking Democrat said Sunday President Donald Trump's suggestion to change Senate rules to reopen the government “would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised.” The president tweeted Sunday morning that if the “stalemate” that closed the government continues, ... GOP
One reason people are selling out of bitcoin is because governments are moving against cryptocurrencies. The promise of bitcoin is that it's anonymous and secure and the government can't touch it. That promise is unfulfilled. Governments are not going to stand idly by while people replace or abandon fiat currency. GOP
BONN, Germany — In the latest episode of Germany's agonizing political uncertainty, Chancellor Angela Merkel inched a step closer to forming a new government on Sunday after a party congress of the Social Democrats voted in favor of entering formal coalition talks with her conservative camp. GOP
"We're going to demand they reopen the government," Pence told American servicemen at a US airbase here on the Syrian border. "In fact, we're not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers, and your families the benefits and wages ... GOP
Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET. As the federal government's partial shutdown enters its second day, there are few discernible signs that lawmakers are on track to speedily resolve their standoff. Instead, the two sides have spent the weekend digging in and getting their message out, and President Trump opened ... GOP
The Statue of Liberty is not accepting huddled masses at this time, but the beleaguered U.S. Post Office is still processing packages and delivering mail after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill, sending the federal government into shutdown mode on Saturday. After the federal spending authority ... GOP
Burundi's government recently proposed constitutional changes that would, among other things, allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in office beyond 2020. Civil society groups say the government is arresting opponents of those changes in advance of an upcoming referendum. Officially, Burundi's ... GOP
Kremlin economic aide Andrei Belousov has said that the Russian government is considering a possible boost in social spending, as President Vladimir Putin steps up his campaign for the March presidential election. Belousov said on January 16 that expenditures on health, education, and infrastructure ... GOP
On Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Rock Island Arsenal Public Works will conduct an inspection on the Government Bridge. The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic during this time. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian traffic. Signs and barricades will be placed during the closure. For additional ... GOP
Some Democrats insist that any bill to fund the government must also protect the 800,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers. But 10 Democratic senators are up for re-election this fall in states with little sympathy for undocumented immigrants. Republicans face their own uncertainties: “To believe that ... GOP
South Korea's decision to tighten its control over cryptocurrency trading has triggered a public uproar in the bitcoin-obsessed country. A petition demanding the government to stop regulating cryptocurrencies garnered more than 200,000 signatures by Tuesday (Jan. 16) after being filed to South Korea's ... GOP
Tunisians overthrew a dictator in 2011, an event that began the Arab Spring. Steve Inskeep talks to Tunisia's Ambassador to the U.S. Faycal Gouia about what's driving the demonstrations. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. Get The Stories That Grabbed Us This Week. Delivered to your inbox, these are ... GOP
There are many benefits to paid family leave: Parents get to bond with a new baby, and leave is associated with higher rates of breastfeeding, childhood vaccinations, and well-baby care. Paid leave is also good for mom and dad, who are more likely to stay attached to the labor force, and less likely to report ... GOP
The UK government's proposal to publish a chemicals strategy, while it continues its process of leaving the EU is "helpful", says Chemical Industries Association head Steve Elliott. The promise was included in the 25-year environment plan, published last week by the environment ministry (Defra). GOP
Rappler has also grown to become one of the most critical voices of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's government. Elected into office in June 2016, Duterte's policies have included a controversial war on drugs that has led to the deaths of over 12,000 Filipinos to date. He is known overseas for calling ... GOP
Over the past three years, the Minnesota state government has significantly increased its contract spending with minority-owned businesses and hired more vendors from underserved communities. The amount of money the government spent on contracts with African-American-owned businesses climbed ... GOP
Although U.S. troops ultimately ended the offensive successfully, and the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong suffered brutal loses, these bloody weeks triggered a series of events that continue to undermine Americans' confidence in their government. The Tet offensive came after several months of the ... GOP
He has been described by officials of President Nicolas Maduro's government as a deserter, but others opposed to the government see him as a symbol of anti-government resistance and refer to him as “Rambo.” During Perez's hijacking of a helicopter in June, he displayed a banner with the letters “350 ... GOP


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