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Kushner earns praise for support of criminal justice reform

“For Kushner, the criminal justice issue has long been deeply personal” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Revamping criminal justice, they say, was a unique and rare area of consensus. “The fact of the matter is that many of the policies of the Trump administration are squarely at odds with ACLU principles.But in White House conference rooms and lobbying trips to Capitol Hill, Kushner worked with advocates, legislators and others on both sides of the aisle to try to craft a deal to make the nation’s criminal justice system fairer.The…

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Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat

“The president would consider other options and the administration was looking at ways to find the funding elsewhere, Sanders said” reports thebusinessjournal.com. They had proposed keeping funding at current levels of $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall.The White House showed its willingness to budge as it became apparent the president does not have support in Congress for funding the wall at the $5 billion level he wants.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident there would not be a government shutdown…

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White House suggests it will back down on $5 billion border wall demand

“The White House suggested Tuesday that President Donald Trump could back down from his demand for $5 billion to fund his proposed border wall in a year-end spending bill” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. She added that the Trump administration could support $1.6 billion in border security funding proposed by Senate Democrats, as long as it can “couple that with other funding resources” to get to $5 billion.Trump’s push for the money has threatened a partial government shutdown when funding for seven agencies lapses after midnight Friday. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Serena and Venus Williams’s father left severely disabled by series of strokes as he fights ex-wife for house

“Mr Williams claims his former wife transferred the deed for one of his homes in Palm Beach, Florida, to herself without his permission and then took out a $152,000 mortgage from an associate, David Simon, using Mr Williams’ forged signature” writes Harriet Alexander for telegraph.co.uk. Richard Williams, 76, has accused his ex wife Lakeisha, 38, of taking advantage of his diminished capacities to transfer  the home they shared to her name, and claims she forged his signature on the mortgage documents. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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White House cites ‘options’ for funding U.S. border wall

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday it has found a way to build President Donald Trump’s promised border wall without new funding from Congress, stepping away from the president’s threat to shut down the U.S. government over border security disputes” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Sanders indicated the White House was backing down from Trump’s threat to shut down the federal government if Congress refused to provide money for his wall. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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MORE: So What Happens Now? Jeremy Corbyn’s No Confidence Motion In Theresa May Explained

“However, parliamentary officials said it would be up to the government to determine whether a confidence motion in the PM of this type is covered by this convention” writes Deputy Political Editor for huffingtonpost.com. This comes despite 117 Tory MPs voting to oust her in the party’s own confidence vote last week.It is a motion of no confidence in the prime minister rather than her administration as a whole.The latest hurdle she must overcome comes from the opposition benches, after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence…

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Senate to vote on Trump-backed federal pot legalization, but passage unlikely

“Tom McClintock, R-Calif., to protect state recreational marijuana markets from federal agents and prosecutors” reports washingtonexaminer.com. National polls generally show more than 60 percent support for recreational marijuana, but reform through legislation, rather than ballot initiative, is slow.In a 2015 House vote, lawmakers voted 222-206 to reject an amendment from Rep.Chambers of Congress rarely vote on recreational marijuana.The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on an amendment that would federally legalize marijuana by allowing states to regulate their own medical and recreational pot markets. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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UK economy set for slowest growth since 2009 as Brexit nears – BCC

“British economic growth this year and in 2019 looks set to be the weakest since the country’s last recession, due to a freeze in business investment and weak consumer demand ahead of Brexit, the British Chambers of Commerce forecast on Tuesday” writes Hannah Mckay for cnbc.com. The number of houses being sold was likely to fall around 5 percent next year, RICS added.The BCC said sterling’s weakness against the dollar and the euro was likely to continue to drive inflation, eating into consumers’ disposable income, while business investment was due…

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Cabinet Meets To Discuss No-Deal Brexit

“But Labour said it was clearly a confidence motion and should be allocated time for debate by the government” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. But the government would also have to allow Commons time for the confidence vote to take place this week and a No10 source challenged Labour to strengthen its attack.The smaller opposition parties have tabled an amendment to Corbyn’s no-confidence vote in May that they say would beef it up into a full confidence vote in the government. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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Standoff Over Border Wall Puts Congress in a Budget “Pickle”

“Neither he nor his aides would specify whether border security investments must include wall funds” writes Min Read for reuters.com. During the White House meeting, Pelosi and Schumer proposed two ideas for keeping the government fully funded, which included money for border security but not for a wall.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Congress, embroiled in a feud over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, have five days to reach a deal before a partial government shutdown could leave about a quarter of the federal workforce without paychecks. Source: reuters.com Share…

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