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Source: Common Domain

Former Federal Prosecutors Take Complaints About Trump to the Campaign Trail

14-Feb-2018

Mr. Hunter is now one of five former federal prosecutors who are running for House seats as Democrats this year, compared with zero in 2016.

Similar complaints from former federal prosecutors have spilled into Democratic primaries usually dominated by concerns like health-care and immigration. At a packed forum Saturday for Democrats vying to unseat Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s 10th district, seven candidates introduced themselves.

Source: Washington Post

Trump slump Remington files for bankruptcy amid declining gun sales.

14-Feb-2018

It’s against that backdrop that the legendary gun manufacturer Remington on Monday said it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

While gun sales have fallen precipitously on the whole since Trump was elected, they appear to have ticked up among select groups of people. Many gun store owners and gun clubs say they’ve seen a recent surge in black and LGBT clients who fear racial and gender-based violence could swell during Trump’s presidency, as The Washington Post and NBC News have reported.

Source: Fox News

Ohio high school rallies around prayer after outside group tries to ban it at events

14-Feb-2018

Members of an Ohio community are fighting back after a Wisconsin-based anti-religion group tried to pressure a high school to ban its long-held tradition of praying before sporting events.

Upon receiving FFRF’s Jan. 18 cease-and-desist letter, the school district halted the custom of having a local pastor give a nondenominational prayer before sporting events. "We're pleased the public school district took quick action to halt the practice of inflicting coercive Christian prayers before what is essentially a captive audience," FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor said.

Source: DW

Turkish warships block drilling rig near Cyprus

14-Feb-2018

Turkish warships continued to block a drilling rig from reaching an area in southeastern Cyprus where it planned to drill for natural gas.

Turkey came under criticism on Monday after its warships continued to block a drilling rig from reaching a location off the coast of Cyprus where Italian energy company Eni is scheduled to drill for gas. Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides spoke to the state broadcaster RIK and said that the rig remains anchored about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the drilling target off the southeastern coast.

Source: The Guradian

Marina Abramovi?: 'I am not interested in small questions'

14-Feb-2018

Marina Abramovi? is on a Skype call from Madrid, showing off her custom-made red sweater, which says “Love conquers all.” “I’ve been wearing it all the time,” she says in her husky, Serbian accent.

Not to just love the work but to love yourself, and the moment you’re in love – the world is such a great place.”

Source: Global News

6 tips for moms returning to the workforce after maternity leave

14-Feb-2018

Maternity leave can go by in a flash and for anyone returning to work, it often feels like relearning your routine all over again.

Canada ranks No. 34 in survey of 37 countries for parenting — here’s how to do better. In most provinces and territories, employment insurance (EI) maternity leave is available for all biological mothers (including surrogate mothers) for a maximum of 15 weeks of benefits.

Source: Common Domain

Trump Administration Plans to Undo Methane-Emission Rule

14-Feb-2018

The Trump administration’s proposal would virtually eliminate the rule, replacing it with requirements similar to those in force before the Obama administration’s guidelines were issued just days after Donald Trump won the 2016 election.

The Trump administration said Monday that it is proposing to roll back an Obama-era climate regulation aimed at cutting emissions of methane from drilling operations on federal lands.

Source: Common Domain

Trump Pick for Indian Health Services Cites Business Savvy, but Financial History Show Struggles

14-Feb-2018

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the troubled Indian Health Service left his latest employer in a state of financial disarray, filed for personal bankruptcy and had liens imposed on one of his own businesses for failing to pay federal taxes, according to public documents and interviews.

A review of Mr. Weaver’s business and financial history by The Wall Street Journal shows he has sometimes struggled in those areas.

Source: Common Domain

California Employers in a Bind Over Immigration Enforcement

14-Feb-2018

The law requires California employers to ask immigration agents for warrants or subpoenas before allowing them access to private areas of the workplace or confidential employee records.

LOS ANGELES—After reports recently rippled across California’s agricultural heartland that immigration agents might audit farms, Bryan Little of the California Farm Bureau Federation sent an email alert to thousands of farmers warning them not to run afoul of a new state law governing their interactions with federal immigration officials.

Source: Common Domain

Two Baltimore Detectives Convicted of Racketeering, Robbery

14-Feb-2018

Two Baltimore police detectives were convicted of racketeering and robbery Monday in a trial that is part of a continuing federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city’s beleaguered police force.

They were convicted of racketeering and robbery under the Hobbs Act, which prohibits interference with interstate commerce, but were cleared of possessing a firearm in pursuance of a violent crime.

Source: DW

Maldives political crisis: 'worst in its modern history'

14-Feb-2018

In a DW interview, Jameel Ahmed, the former vice president of the Maldives, said the country needs international support to resolve a political crisis coming after President Yameen jailed judges and suspended rights.

DW: How do you view the current political crisis in the Maldives, particularly President Abdulla Yameen's decision declare a state of emergency and defy the Supreme Court's ruling to reinstate opposition MPs and release political prisoners?

Source: DW

Donald Trump's plan to privatize space station 'unrealistic' - ESA chief

14-Feb-2018

US President Donald Trump's administration wants private businesses to run the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025, but that's "unrealistic" according to the head of the European Space Agency (ESA). "The total operation of the space station is simply too expensive," said Jan Wörner.

Among the concerns amongst space experts about Trump's proposal are the legal liabilities an orbiting, inhabited space station could run into.

Source: Common Domain

Trump’s Budget Proposal Projects Big Jump in Deficits

14-Feb-2018

President Donald Trump released Monday a $4.4 trillion budget proposal that would boost spending for the military and border security, cut many domestic programs and projects deficits through the next decade.

Appeared in the February 13, 2018, print edition as 'President Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget.'. Forecast shortfall next year is double the level White House estimated a year ago, amid efforts to cut taxes, boost military spending

Source: Common Domain

‘Risks of a recession’ are rising, says Ray Dalio

14-Feb-2018

Ray Dalio did exactly that, saying anyone hiding out in cash would “feel pretty stupid”— and so now he’s sounding more bearish as he provides our call of the day. “The risks of a recession in the next 18-24 months are rising,” writes the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates in a LinkedIn post.

The odds are growing for a recession because we are in the part of the economic cycle where it’s difficult for central banks to get monetary policy right, and this time around their balancing act will be especially tricky, he says.

Source: Common Domain

Self-Driving Car Safety Legislation Stalls in the Senate

14-Feb-2018

Legislation to remove regulatory obstacles to the development of self-driving vehicles is running into problems in the Senate, dimming prospects for the quick passage that many had expected.

At least three senators, all Democrats—Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Dianne Feinstein of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts—have placed holds on the Senate legislation, citing safety and other concerns.


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