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British government steps up ‘no-deal’ Brexit preparations

“We’re going to be discussing ‘no deal’ planning today,” International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told reporters” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “It’s absolutely right that we step up ‘no deal’ planning now.LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers will on Tuesday step up preparations for a “no deal” Brexit, an outcome made more likely by a deadlock in parliament over the British leader’s divorce deal with the European Union.”I’m not going to try and pretend otherwise that we’re not stepping up our preparations for no-deal … Source:…

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U.S. border agents will not speak to lawmakers about girl’s death

“The DHS said visiting lawmakers would be able to speak with the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Border Patrol leaders” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Agents involved in the incident will participate in the DHS inspector general’s investigation of Caal’s death, DHS said.(Reuters) – U.S. Border Patrol agents who detained a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who later died in federal custody will not speak with U.S. lawmakers investigating her death, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday, citing their union membership. Source: 95kqds.com Share…

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Theresa May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

“May’s authority also has been shaken after a no-confidence vote from her own party on Wednesday that saw more than a third of Conservative lawmakers vote against her” writes Danica Kirka for sun-sentinel.com. May told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday that they would resume debate on the deal when Parliament comes back after its Christmas break the week of Jan. 7, with the vote held the following week.The British government and the EU sealed a divorce deal last month, but May postponed a parliamentary vote intended to…

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A big group of congressmen wants labor board to scrap Obama-era ‘joint employer’ rule

“Joint employer refers to when one company is so closely involved with another business that it can be held responsible for any workplace violations there” reports washingtonexaminer.com. A bipartisan group of 83 House lawmakers this week urged the National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency, to roll back an Obama-era rule called ‘joint employer’ that vastly expanded legal liability for business, especially those that franchise. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Congressional resistance to Trump’s trade deal is bipartisan, but also fractured

“Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have criticized the USMCA deal from the left, while lawmakers on the right, such as Sens” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “This bill has good features to it, but it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t have enforcement,” she said.But if they don’t like the deal as it stands, that doesn’t mean they agree on what it should be changed to, said another Senate staffer. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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With threats from China, America’s allies are more important than ever

“The importance of those alliances, not ill-defined talk of China as a menace, should be the priority for lawmakers from the FBI report” reports washingtonexaminer.com. But if lawmakers are serious about countering these threats and preventing a new Cold War, then rather than taking its inevitability for granted, they must look to our allies to reinforce the economic and political world order that, for the most part, enables stable development. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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House lawmakers wrestled Thursday over the importance of fetal tissue in research on devastating illnesses, with Republicans calling to end government funding for such research and Democrats arguing to spare it.

“Witnesses at the Oversight Committee hearing sparred with lawmakers and each other about whether fetal tissue was necessary or replaceable in medical research” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The NIH has instructed its own scientists to pause research using fetal tissue, and announced that it will spend around $20 million awarding grants to organizations that seek effective alternatives to fetal tissue.”There is no scientific necessity for the continued taxpayer funding of fresh fetal tissue, organs, and body parts from induced abortion,” Prentice said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Congress finally supports hemp, but it should never have been illegal in the first place

“Since then, hemp has remained illegal and has not been widely cultivated” writes Bruce Schreiner Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. But when the wartime market dried up, so did support for hemp, which was again regulated like marijuana.Hemp lacks the psychoactive properties of its better-known cousin marijuana. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Defying Trump, US Senate advances measure to end support for Saudis in Yemen

“Eleven of Trump’s fellow Republicans joined Democrats to provide the 60 votes needed to advance the war powers resolution in the Republican-led chamber” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. In a rare break with President Donald Trump, the Senate voted on Wednesday to move ahead with a resolution to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in the war in Yemen and lawmakers vowed to push for sanctions against the kingdom in the new year. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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No more taxpayer dollars for sexual harassment settlements? New measure would make lawmakers foot the bill

“While the law currently requires taxpayer dollars to fund settlements, a bipartisan agreement has been reached in the House and the Senate over a measure aimed at curbing sexual misconduct that would hold the lawmakers liable for harassment and retaliation settlements” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The House passed the legislation earlier this year, and the Senate is poised the pass the compromise measure during this Congress.The legislation is then expected to be sent back to the House as an independent measure. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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