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Senate panel releases text of bill to reopen government, includes wall money

Today 18:11 GMT

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday unveiled legislation that would provide $5.7 billion for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and fully fund the federal government through Sept. 30.

The 1,301-page bill is the latest bid for a breakthrough that would end the partial government shutdown that has dragged on for about a month. However, it is doubtful the legislation will reach the usual 60-vote threshold needed for bills to advance in the Senate.

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Source: Global News

46% of Canadians $200 or less away from not being able to pay their bills

Today 17:16 GMT

READ MORE: Over half of Canadians are $200 or less away from not being able to pay bills. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

A new poll says the number of Canadians who are $200 or less away from financial insolvency at month-end has jumped to 46 per cent, up from 40 per cent in the previous quarter, as interest rates rise.

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Source: The Guradian

World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Today 03:19 GMT

The growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population.

Oxfam said governments needed to do more to fund high-quality, universal public services through tackling tax dodging and ensuring fairer taxation, including on corporations and the richest individuals’ wealth, which it said were often undertaxed.

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Source: Common Domain

Fliers Find an Old Friend on More Planes: Empty Seats

Today 04:14 GMT

A 737-800 laid out to carry 166 passengers would have 27 empty seats on average last year, while the smaller 737-200 commonly used in 1978 was barely half full, with 45 vacant spots for travelers to spread out.

Lori Bassani, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said she has noticed more empty seats on recent flights. The bigger planes mean more revenue for airlines, even if not every seat is filled, said Mike Boyd, president of aviation consulting firm Boyd Group International Inc.. Crowded flights and the race they trigger to snag overhead-bin space and avoid middle seats—where even some airline CEOs fear to tread—are among the most common passenger complaints, according to consumer surveys.

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Source: The Guradian

Pent up for years, Democrats finally in control of Albany pass a burst of bills

Today 09:54 GMT

In just the first few days of this year’s legislative session – after Democrats in November won control of the state senate - lawmakers have passed a major overhaul of the state’s voting laws, and new protections for gay and transgender New Yorkers.

The early burst of activity is a shift from past years, when progressive advocates were accustomed to making their way to Albany as the legislative session neared its end, staging protests, waiting out late nights of legislative wrangling, and returning mostly empty handed.

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Source: ABC News

Billionaire fortunes grew 12 percent in 2018 as world's poorest got 11 percent poorer

Today 08:03 GMT

As the world's 3.8 billion poorest people lost about 11 percent of their wealth, according to a report by Oxfam launched to coincide with this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis a decade ago, according to the report, with a millionaire becoming a billionaire roughly every other day. "The last ten years clearly shows that we have learned nothing," Paul O'Brien, Oxfam America's vice president for policy and campaigns, said in a Jan. 20 statement.


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