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Gaucho collapses into administration, closing Cau restaurants and axing 540 staff

“Gaucho Group will make 540 staff redundant at its UK Cau restaurants after collapsing into administration” writes Julia Bradshaw for telegraph.co.uk. All of the Gaucho sites will continue to trade as usual while administrators attempt to find a buyer for the business.Administrators at Deloitte have decided to close all of the UK Cau sites, which are loss-making, and instead “focus on maximising the value achievable in the Gaucho business, which is profitable and underpinned by a strong brand”, they said. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Why you should care that the Trump administration deleted online information about sex discrimination

“As the Sunlight Foundation reported Thursday, the Trump administration has removed critical language about sex discrimination from the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) Office for Civil Rights website” writes Rebecca Ruiz for mashable.com. The administration also removed mentions and descriptions of “sex stereotyping,” which is discrimination based on expectations of how someone should behave according to their sex or gender.The deleted language included information about sex discrimination on the basis of gender identity and pregnancy termination, guidance that helped insurance companies code treating transgender patients for claims, and…

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From cribs to courts: Trump administration summons immigrant infants to court

“The Justice Department data show that a total of 1,500 “unaccompanied” children, from newborns to age 3, have been called in to immigration court since Oct. 1, 2015″ writes Shefali Luthra for businessinsider.com. “An immigration judge has no discretion,” Benson said.But some of the infants were deemed “unaccompanied” only after law enforcement separated them from their parents during the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Kudlow says economic growth could top 4% for ‘a quarter or two,’ more tax cuts could be coming

“As part of the administration’s plan to grow the economy, Kudlow said there would be additional rounds of tax cuts ahead” writes Jeff Cox for cnbc.com. The administration has used a mix of tax cuts, spending increases and regulatory rollbacks in an effort to goose the economy out of what Kudlow characterized as a “growth recession” after the financial crisis.Asked whether the administration is considering more tax legislation following the cuts passed late last year, Kudlow said there could be a “2.0 and 3.0 and a 4.0.”. Larry Kudlow, President…

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Judge rules for Trump administration in suit over family-planning program shift

“Planned Parenthood health centers serve more than 40 percent of patients receiving care subsidized by Title X. HHS could not be reached for comment” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Monday against birth control organizations that sought to block the Trump administration from shifting a federal family-planning grant program toward prioritizing groups that are faith-based and counsel abstinence. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Democrats ask Trump to backpedal decision on Obamacare risk adjustment program

“The Trump administration should reverse its decision to stop an Obamacare program that collects and pays out billions of dollars to health insurance companies, a group of Democrats said Monday” writes Ap Photo Carolyn for washingtonexaminer.com. The Trump administration announced July 7 that it was putting them on hold.Without the funds, certain health insurers that have healthier customers will have higher profits, while those with sicker customers are expected to amass losses.Democrats asked Azar and Verma to explain their decision behind suspending the payments, saying that it appeared to be…

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Judge halts deportation of families reunified by Trump administration

“A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration” writes Associated Press In for theguardian.com. He was responding to an administration plan to reunite more than 2,500 children aged five and older by 26 July.The Trump administration has said it completed reunifying all eligible children under five and is reunifying families with older children on a rolling basis.The administration plan uses “truncated” procedures to verify parentage and perform background checks, excluding DNA testing and other steps taken to reunify children…

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Oil falls 3%, below $69, as Treasury says importers may get leeway to buy Iranian crude

“U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices fell $2.70, or 3.8 percent, to $68.31 by 11:01 a.m” writes Tom Dichristopher for cnbc.com. Brent crude oil was down $2.75 per barrel, or 3.7 percent, to $72.61, having also posted two straight weeks of losses.The Trump administration now appears to be moving towards the approach followed by President Barack Obama.Oil prices extended early losses on Monday, with U.S. crude dropping below $69 a barrel, after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said some crude importers may receive waivers to continue buying supplies from Iran,…

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A key House Republican is planning legislation imposing new sanctions on major Chinese banks and other entities that help North Korea circumvent international sanctions.

“Congressional Republicans last year provided the administration with a list of Chinese banks implicated in money-laundering on behalf of North Korea” reports washingtonexaminer.com. For one thing, he hopes that sanctions saber-rattling will empower the Trump administration, as Congress plays a “bad cop” role.A key House Republican is planning legislation imposing new sanctions on major Chinese banks and other entities that help North Korea circumvent international sanctions. “How do you hold Russia and China accountable?” Rep.The Trump administration has vowed not to make such errors. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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