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UK aid package to drought-hit Kenya to end in 2024

“British funding of a 10-year-old aid package to drought-hit communities in Kenya is to end in 2024 as part of a new economic partnership with the country, the international development secretary has told the Guardian” writes Karen Mcveigh for theguardian.com. The UK is the fifth largest exporter of goods to Kenya and trade between the two counties is worth more than £1bn a year.She also announced a scaling up of support to trade across east Africa, providing £211m to TradeMark East Africa, an aid programme helping remove trade barriers created…

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Senate Finance Committee advances Alex Azar’s nomination to head HHS

“Senate Finance Committee evaluates AlexAzar to be the next HHS secretary Pharm, under attack for drug prices, started an industry war” reports washingtonpost.com. The Senate Finance Committee approved Alex Azar as the next health and human services secretary on Wednesday, voting 15-12 to send his nomination to the Senate floor.He told a different Senate committee in late November that he no longer owned Lilly stock.If approved by the full Senate, Azar, a former executive for the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company, would succeed President Trump’s first HHS secretary, Tom Price.His other…

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FERC commissioners vow fuel-neutral decisions after rejecting Rick Perry’s coal lifeline

“In a highly anticipated decision, FERC last week voted unanimously to reject a proposal from Perry to provide special payments to struggling coal and nuclear plants” writes Josh Siegel for washingtonexaminer.com. Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday vowed to uphold their mission of making fuel-neutral decisions as independent arbiters in a hyper-politicized energy environment, after being pressured by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize coal and nuclear plants. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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The BBC should not pay star presenters more than the Prime Minister, Culture Secretary says

“He questioned why BBC presenters enjoy such high levels of pay while members of the armed forces who put their “life on the line” are subjected to public sector pay restraint” writes Deputy Political Editor for telegraph.co.uk. Matt Hancock said that the corporation should take the same approach as other public sector bodies and pay presenters no more than £150,000 unless there are “exceptional” circumstances. In the public sector the Treasury has to authorise all salaries that are higher than the Prime Minister’s, but the corporation is independent of the… Source:…

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Tenants will be able to take legal action against landlords whose properties are ‘unfit for human habitation’

“Tenants will be able to take legal action against landlords whose properties are “unfit for human habitation”, under a move revealed by the Housing Secretary today” writes Edward Malnick for telegraph.co.uk. Where landlords fail to meet their obligations, tenants will be able to take legal action for breach of contract, the Ministry of Housing said. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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White House touts op-ed by Labor nominee dropout Andy Puzder

“Alexander Acosta was subsequently confirmed as labor secretary” writes Sean Higgins for washingtonexaminer.com. In the op-ed, published in the Wall Street Journal, Puzder credits the Trump administration’s “regulatory rollback” with “driving an economic surge few anticipated.”. The White House on Monday touted an op-ed written by Andy Puzder, President Trump’s first pick to be secretary of labor who withdrew from consideration after he lost support of Senate Republicans following a report of domestic abuse. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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NowThis and Obama Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz go all ‘fake news’ on the Iran deal

“Watching NowThis, however, viewers would believe the Iran deal resolved the ballistic threat once and for all” writes Tom Rogan for washingtonexaminer.com. The implication is clear: the Iran deal restricted Iranian missile research and development.Moniz’s video offered three especially fake claims about the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.At the 34 second mark, as Moniz claims that the nuclear agreement forced Iran to “roll back” its nuclear program, NowThis decides to show various Iranian missiles. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Hunt keeps Heath Secretary with added social care brief

“The Government has spoken repeatedly of its wish to integrate health and social care, but the programme has only begun on a small scale, in some areas” writes Rob Merrick for independent.co.uk. Mr Hunt had been tipped for a sideways move to a different department, perhaps business, after becoming hugely unpopular with many patients and health staff. There was speculation that he refused a move to business, where Greg Clark remains as the Secretary of State. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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UK said to be seriously preparing for a Brexit ‘no deal’

“Reports early Monday from The Telegraph newspaper said that U.K. leader Theresa May will appoint a “cabinet minister for no deal Brexit” this week” writes Chris Ratcliffe for cnbc.com. Such a minister would work alongside Brexit Secretary David Davis and deliver constant updates on preparations for the eventuality of a no trade deal scenario.”No deal is not the government’s objective, but it is the fall-back position in the event of an unsatisfactory deal.This is seen an attempt by the prime minister to demonstrate to the EU that the country is…

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DHS election security unit currently not planning to review voter fraud

“The Homeland Security Department’s election security unit currently has no plans to review voter fraud” writes Ariella Phillips for washingtonexaminer.com. Trump established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity after claiming “millions” of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election, though experts say there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud presented. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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