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House Speaker Pelosi holds talks in Jordan with King Abdullah

“Pelosi said in a statement the visit was at “a critical time for the security and stability of the region” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The U.S. delegation included the heads of key House committees including Foreign Affairs committee chairman Eliot Engel, Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson, Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff and Representative Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee. Source: 95kqds.com

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DeFazio threatens to subpoena GSA for Trump Hotel documents

“Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House committee that oversees federal buildings, threatened today to subpoena the General Services Administration if the agency does not hand over documents related to the Trump Hotel by next week” reports politico.com. DeFazio’s committee, the House Transportation Committee, has been investigating the federal government’s lease of the Old Post Office Building for the Trump International Hotel. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction, say the agency has failed to provide certain financial documents and made false claims of attorney client and deliberative…

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Nancy Pelosi should yank Adam Schiff from impeachment investigation

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should transfer the ongoing impeachment investigation from the House Intelligence Committee” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Precedent from earlier impeachments suggests that either the Judiciary Committee or a special “select” committee should run point.Even if Judiciary or a select committee isn’t assigned the lead role, the Intelligence Committee should not be.The reason the Intelligence Committee originally had a role was because the first whistleblower came from the intelligence community and filed his complaint with the inspector general for intelligence. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

“He cruised to big victories in the overwhelmingly Democratic district, which had given Maryland its first black congressman in 1970 when Parren Mitchell was elected” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, died early Thursday of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said.Cummings’ committee, authorized to investigate virtually any part of the federal government, is one of three conducting the House impeachment probe of Trump. Source: seattletimes.com

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PM Bainimarama won’t face assault charges over carpark tussle with MP

“In September, a report to the parliamentary privileges committee recommended Tikoduadua apologise to Bainimarama for what it described as a personal attack on the prime minister” writes Kate Lyons for theguardian.com. Bainimarama told the Guardian in the weeks following the incident that Tikoduadua had insulted Bainimarama’s family during a parliamentary debate.Tikoduadua later tweeted: “If I am to choose between my seat and my dignity, I’d rather lose my seat.” The parliamentary privileges committee cleared Bainimarama of physical assault, but recommended he apologise to Tikoduadua for verbally assaulting him, which he…

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Exclusive: WeWork owner creates committee to decide on financing lifeline – sources

“SoftBank has proposed up to a $5 billion investment in WeWork two of the sources said” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The office-space sharing company is establishing the committee in an effort to ring-fence its financing deliberations from SoftBank’s influence, the sources said.The committee will only have two members – both We Company board directors with the task of representing the interests of all investors in the company, the sources said. Source: 95kqds.com

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House investigators say they have begun receiving data from big tech firms

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said late on Tuesday that they had begun receiving data from Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Amazon and Apple as part of their probe into the companies’ potential breaches of antitrust law” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “We have received initial submissions from Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook as part of our investigation.”We look forward to their continued compliance with the committee’s investigation,” they said in the statement.”We will hold additional hearings, discussions and roundtables as our investigation continues,”…

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Johnson could be summoned by London assembly over businesswoman

“Separately, the current London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has launched an independent review of how Arcuri was given sponsorship and access to trade trips” writes John Crace for theguardian.com. The assembly’s oversight committee gave Johnson 14 days to explain how grants and privileged access to trade trips were awarded to Jennifer Arcuri during his time as mayor. Source: theguardian.com

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Bank of England to spell out fate of open-ended funds in December

“LONDON (Reuters) – How investors can pull cash from open-ended funds will be updated in December, following the high-profile suspension of money manager Neil Woodford’s equity fund, the Bank of England said” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The BoE and the Financial Conduct Authority are looking at the illiquidity mismatch in open-ended funds that contain hard-to-trade assets and offer daily withdrawals.Open-ended funds like Woodford are regulated under European Union rules. But the new FCA rules did not cover funds like Woodford’s and did not tackle fund structure, leaving that…

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