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Trump wants 15,000 more agents to patrol the US border, but immigration authorities say there’s one big problem

“Border patrol agencies have reported difficulties implementing President Donald Trump’s plan to beef up security with thousands of additional agents along the US-Mexico border” writes Brennan Weiss for businessinsider.com. “The question will be do we need more agents or do we need money for technology and infrastructure.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Senators look to boost gun background check reporting in wake of Texas church shooting

“The legislation does not increase or alter background check requirements” writes Susan Ferrechio for washingtonexaminer.com. Instead, it provides incentives and penalties aimed at ensuring federal and state agencies comply with current laws requiring them to report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).If it passes, the legislation would be the first bill in many years to address the control of gun purchases.The legislation would require the public reporting of federal agencies and states that don’t send relevant records to the background check system, and it…

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GOP, Democratic senators back bill to bolster FBI gun checks

“The bill would penalize federal agencies that fail to properly report required records and rewards states that comply by providing them with federal grant preferences” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The bill would penalize agencies that fail to forward required information by prohibiting political appointees from receiving any bonus pay.The legislation also seeks to improve accountability by publicly reporting which agencies and states fail to provide the required records.The Army has also said it failed to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history in a “significant amount” of cases. Source:…

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Trump backs US spy agencies after raising doubts over Russian election meddling

“The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “As to whether I believe it, I’m with our agencies,” Trump said.Trump commented on the Russia election issue for the second straight day Sunday shortly before he arrived in the Philippines, the final stop on a five-country trip to Asia.”As currently led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.”. “I believe that he feels that he and Russia…

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Equifax apologizes again, lays out costs going forward

“What makes the data breach so dangerous is the information that Equifax holds” reports thebusinessjournal.com. The Atlanta company reported a 27 percent slump in third-quarter profit, largely due to a hack that exposed the personal information of 145 million Americans.Various other investigations now surround the data breach and the company.published on November 10, 2017 – 12:10 PM Written by Associated Press (AP) — A day after posting sizeable profit declines due to a massive data breach, Equifax said it expects to incur related costs of between $60 million to $75…

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Citi Links Government Agencies To WEX Fleet Cards

“Already WEX has provided more than 300,000 fleet cards to six federal agencies, the company said” reports pymnts.com. The firm also has contracts with state-level government agencies to provide fleet cards.Through an agreement with Citibank, corporate payments company WEX is now able to link government agencies to its fleet card solutions, according to an announcement made Tuesday (Nov. 7). The firms noted that GSA SmartPay 3 could see $700 billion in transactions made by about 560 organizations and agencies in the federal government. “We are pleased to continue our partnership…

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Senators launch bipartisan push to enforce existing background checks law

“Let’s fix the background check system so that, as Republicans tell us over and over and over again, at least we can enforce existing law,” Sen” writes Karoun Demirjian for sun-sentinel.com. The background check system “failed us terribly here,” Cornyn said, adding that current reporting practice of agencies “is unacceptable and it must change.”. Democrats have long argued for expanded background checks, but sidelined those demands Tuesday in an effort to focus on improving compliance with current laws. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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As Harvey Weinstein scandal spreads, talent agencies and guilds face tough questions

“Several actresses have publicly called out the talent agencies for a lack of support” writes David Ng for latimes.com. But traditionally, it has been up to individual agencies to formulate their own policies regarding sexual harassment, said Karen Stuart, head of the Assn. of Talent Agencies, a trade group.William Morris Endeavor began reviewing its sexual harassment policies after the harassment scandals at Fox News last year, according to one person close to the agency. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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