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Collusion is not a crime by itself. Here are the charges Mueller could be exploring.

“While their charges do not directly relate to their roles on the Trump campaign, legal analysts said the case could offer a preview of how Mueller plans to proceed” reports washingtonpost.com. If Mueller can find evidence that members of Trump’s team conspired in Russia’s hacking effort — by directing it or aiding in another way — they might face criminal charges, legal analysts said. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Frosh is looking for victims of drug price gouging to share their stories

“If you have been the victim of price gouging for generic drugs, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) wants to hear from you” reports washingtonpost.com. Frosh is holding back-to-back news conferences to get the word out about the new fight against price gouging.Frosh is joining with Maryland Healthcare for All, a health-care advocacy group, to identify possible victims of price gouging, a move made possible by a new state law allowing the attorney general to sue drug companies that dramatically increase the price of off-patent or generic drugs. Source: washingtonpost.com…

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Republicans to propose keeping top tax rate for very wealthy, working to win over moderates

“But the tax plan is expected to expand the child tax credit, something Ivanka Trump has said will help working families” reports washingtonpost.com. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R — Calif.) said Tuesday that Brady’s tax plan would lower the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, as demanded by Trump.Overall, House Republicans say their plan will reduce federal tax revenue by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.House and Senate GOP tax writers are also expected to have a much different approach to the taxation of profits overseas.Keeping the…

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Montgomery to inventory cemeteries, help shield them from development

“The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to inventory and protect old cemeteries that could be affected by new development” reports washingtonpost.com. Coleman-Adebayo also said it was her understanding that legislation would impact neither the Westbard redevelopment project nor the majority of projects in Montgomery, many of which have already gone through the subdivision process.It also amends county law to require applicants who want to subdivide a property to research the boundaries of burial sites on their land and, in most cases, protect them from development. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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New law targets managers who retaliate against federal whistleblowers

“Stories from federal employees bold enough to expose wrongdoing in government agencies are strikingly similar” reports washingtonpost.com. Devine called it “a paradigm shift that may prevent far more retaliation than whistleblowers can stop through lawsuits.For a White House and Congress that often seem intent on undermining federal employee rights and benefits, last week’s enactment of the Dr.Nonetheless, the law is potentially a watershed in Uncle Sam’s approach to whistleblowers. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Tokyo Trading Session Heads Up Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tokyo opening news digest Arnold Van Den Berg Buys Prem Watsa’s Fairfax India, 3 Other Stocks In 3rd Quarter Austin-based Century Management value investors release portfolio   Do Tech’s Upside Surprises Spell Trouble? I’m scared by the Street’s earnings, lowballs embracing technology’s biggest hitters. There should be dozens of red faces among analysts covering the top 10 market capitalizations in the S&P 500 Index, specifically, Internet operators and Amazon.   USD/JPY: A Sustainable Break Above 114 Key? Where To Target? – NAB NAB FX Strategy Research discusses USD/JPY outlook, arguing…

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Citigroup expects $150 million gain on sale of Hilton cards to American Express

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc said on Tuesday it expects to record a $150 million pretax gain on the sale to American Express Co of a $1.2 billion credit card portfolio from its co-brand deal with Hilton hotels” reports businessinsider.com. Citigroup said the sale is expected to close in the first quarter and that the gain “approximates one year of revenues from the portfolio.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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One of Trump’s first major solutions to the opioid crisis could actually make the problem worse

“The White House Opioid Commission will recommend on Wednesday that drug courts be established in every federal judicial district in an effort to combat the opioid crisis, according to a draft report obtained by STAT News” writes Michelle Mark for businessinsider.com. The push towards drug courts, Deutsch said, is part of a larger movement toward tailored, evidence-based criminal justice programs that serve different populations and needs. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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This app adds sparkles to your Instagram videos — and celebrities are going crazy for it

“The app is called kirakira+, and it’s at the top of the App Store’s top paid apps chart right now” writes Avery Hartmans for businessinsider.com. Often reserved for videos of sequined dresses, glitter eye-shadow, or bedazzled high heels, the effect isn’t an Instagram filter, it isn’t reserved for Instagram stories, and it’s not a feature of any photo editing apps I’m familiar with.I was left to wonder: what was this magical app, and how could I get it?.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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