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Political divisions escalate between red states, blue cities…

“State lawmakers this year overrode moves by the cities to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana” writes unknown author for usatoday.com. And in Florida, legislators passed a measure that stopped local governments from regulating ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.In the 1990s, the National Rifle Association pushed lawmakers to use preemption laws to undo local gun regulations.In the 1980s, the tobacco industry began pressuring lawmakers throughout the country to override efforts by local governments that had enacted local smoking bans. Source: usatoday.com Share This:

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Australian deputy prime minister’s future in doubt after he finds out he may have New Zealand citizenship 

“Before the careers of five came under a cloud since July, only two elected lawmakers were caught” writes Jacob Rees-mogg for telegraph.co.uk. Australia’s deputy prime minister on Monday became the latest lawmaker to reveal he might have breached a constitutional prohibition on dual citizens becoming lawmakers, after he was advised by the New Zealand government that he might be a kiwi. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Iran lawmakers raise missile spending, chant ‘death to America’ in response to sanctions

“That sparked new outrage in Iran, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accusing Trump of trying to “kill” the nuclear deal” writes Nasser Karimi for sun-sentinel.com. The lawmakers’ vote comes amid growing anger in Iran over U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to renegotiate the nuclear deal struck with world powers in 2015.In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention from the 247 legislators on hand, Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA reported. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Australian Senators Call On the Reserve Bank to Back Bitcoin

“Senators in Australia are putting their political differences aside and are banding together to urge the Reserve Bank to back bitcoin as an official currency” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. In April, it was reported that the Reserve Bank was studying the blockchain for the financial system.With the digital currency gaining prominence in value and increased adoption it has suddenly become a contender in the financial sector.So much so, that Australia’s lawmakers want the central bank to create its own digital currency and blockchain to use on the market.As part…

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Chairman ‘certain’ there won’t be a sales tax holiday

“Retailers this month filed potential 2018 ballot questions with the goal of both reducing the sales tax and making the sales tax holiday weekend permanent” writes State House New for thebostonchannel.com. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg had strongly indicated the sales tax holiday was not on their agenda after Gov.Charlie Baker tried to revive the issue last week by filing his own sales tax holiday legislation.Chris Dempsey, director of Transportation for Massachusetts, debated the sales tax holiday on Greater Boston Monday with Jon Hurst, president of…

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Sessions’ job safe, White House officials say, as lawmakers look to shield Mueller – McMaster ousts another NSC aide – Trump aide Stephen Miller slams CNN star Acosta on immigration

“In addition, only the attorney general or the most senior Justice Department official in charge of the matter could fire the special counsel” reports foxnews.com. New White House chief of staff John Kelly recently called Attorney General Jeff Sessions to assure him his job was safe, Fox News has learned from a senior White House official and another source within the Trump administration.Meanwhile, two members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee are readying legislation intended to help special counsel Robert Mueller – who is leading the Russia collusion probe –…

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Obamacare repeal failure was a setback for abortion opponents, but they see momentum on their side

“Conservative state lawmakers have passed a rash of restrictive laws in battlegrounds such as Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Texas” writes Contact Reporter for latimes.com. All the versions up for a vote would have cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year, a long-sought goal. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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