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‘Medicare for All’ would require obesity laws

“But it’s really just public health and economics” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Proponents of “Medicare for All” often point towards European nations with universal healthcare systems to prove that single-payer could work here.It seems impossible for any real iteration of “Medicare for All” to succeed without massive amounts of regulation on lifestyle and health choices, or even effective obesity taxes.If the public owns the risk pool of “Medicare for All,” then voters will surely demand to mitigate risk as much as possible. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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NYC hedge-fund managers and Silicon Valley CEOs are flocking to Miami as ‘tax refugees,’ and it’s sparking record, ultra-luxury real-estate sales in the area

“Getty Images “Since the tax reform passed last January 2018, you’ve seen the top of the market speed up in terms of closed sales,” Puig told Business Insider” writes Katie Warren for businessinsider.com. The demographic that Puig jokingly refers to as “tax refugees” is spending big money in Miami. Source: businessinsider.com

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Michigan’s right-to-work law has proven the naysayers wrong

“Every single concern expressed about right-to-work laws when they were passed has turned out to be false in real life” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Democratic gains in a number of states have union officials salivating over the prospect of repealing state right-to-work laws.It’s because right-to-work laws reduce the power of union officials, who typically support Democrats financially and at the polls. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Environmental lawyers are preparing to sue the Trump administration once he issues his emergency order to expand a wall along the country’s southern border.

“Environmental lawyers are preparing to sue the Trump administration once he issues his emergency order to expand a wall along the country’s southern border” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Dillen argues Trump’s use of his emergency powers to further fund the construction of a border wall would violate the Constitution. She argued that Congress has the authority to set spending priorities, but Trump continues to operate as if “checks and balances and the will of the people do not matter.“ Environmental groups were the first to sue Trump over his proposed border wall…

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SEC’s “Crypto Mom” Speaks: Lack of Laws May Have Benefited Industry

“Peirce even went so far as to suggest that in some respects, the industry may already be facing over-regulation” writes Rachel Mcintosh for financemagnates.com. However, if you comply with the spirit of the law, but not the letter of the law, you just get a letter telling you to fix it in most cases.”. Many companies around the world have called for their governments to create more regulations, thus creating a sort of “path to legitimization” as cryptocurrency itself makes the transition from “magic internet money” to a legitimate transactional…

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US to waive environmental reviews for San Diego border wall

“The waivers avoid time-consuming reviews and lawsuits challenging violation of environmental laws” reports thebusinessjournal.com. The Department of Homeland Security said it would issue the sixth waiver of Donald Trump’s presidency under a 2005 law that empowers the secretary to waive reviews required under environmental laws if the border barrier is deemed to be in national security interests.Those laws include the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act and Endangered Species Act. Source: thebusinessjournal.com

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Smart Contracts Are No Problem for the World’s Legal Systems, so Long as They Behave Like Legal Contracts

“Nonetheless, Meyer and Eckert state that even if they aren’t legal contracts as such, “smart contracts are not in a legal vacuum.”” writes Simon Chandler for cointelegraph.com. “Therefore, the decisive question is whether a smart contract can be a contract in a legal sense or not.”. That said, other legal experts suggest that the decentralized nature of blockchains and smart contracts could make determining a specific jurisdiction for such contracts very difficult. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Amazon recommends 6 guidelines for facial recognition legislation

“Amazon is supporting a national facial recognition law, though some local jurisdictions are eager to take the matter into their own hands” writes Monica Nickelsburg for geekwire.com. Amazon is taking an active role advising lawmakers on legislation that would govern facial recognition technology, like the Seattle tech company’s own Rekognition software.They are: Why it matters: Amazon is playing defense as civil rights activists and lawmakers sound the alarm over facial recognition technology.Amazon’s wishlist: Punke outlined six recommendations for policymakers writing facial recognition laws. Source: geekwire.com

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GBP News 

Delaying the Brexit deadline could leave the UK with the upper hand

“Typically at the EU, the Commission would propose and enforce the laws for members states and the Parliament would approve or reject those laws” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. His point being that upcoming elections at the EU in May would deliver a more fragmented Parliament with more diverse voices to its policy making. Source: cnbc.com

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Cory Booker kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign by calling for legal marijuana

“Cory Booker kicked off his 2020 campaign on Friday, and he called for the legalization of marijuana in his first radio interview after announcing his candidacy” writes John Haltiwanger for businessinsider.com. Read more: Meet the 2020 presidential contenders who are poised to start campaigning right away in 2019 At present, recreational marijuana is now legal in 10 states, and medical marijuana is legal in 33.A strong majority of Americans (62%) also favor legalizing marijuana, according to an October 2018 survey from Pew Research Center, so this is an easy issue…

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