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‘Borders mean something’: Eric Holder tells Democrats to propose ‘realistic’ immigration policies

“Holder concluded by saying he hoped the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates would be “realistic” in their proposed policies” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Several progressive Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates have condemned the Obama administration recently for deporting scores of illegal immigrants.Former Attorney General Eric Holder expressed concern over recent criticisms many Democrats have made of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies and warned 2020 candidates about embracing calls to decriminalize border crossings.”You served as vice president in an administration that deported 3 million people, the most ever in U.S. history,” Ramos…

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Google won’t restrict employee speech over workplace issues

“Last month, Google updated its policies to limit worker discussions of politics and other topics unrelated to work” writes Richard Nieva for cnet.com. “As a part of that notice, we will also remind employees of the changes we made to our workplace policies back in 2016 and 2017 that clarified those policies do not prevent employees from discussing workplace issues.”. One compliant to the NLRB was filed by Kevin Cernekee, a former employee who said he was fired from Google for his conservative viewpoints. Source: cnet.com

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A complaint alleged it unfairly fired a conservative employee

“Google will affirm that employees can discuss workplace issues, following a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)” writes Adi Robertson for theverge.com. According to The Wall Street Journal, which reported the news today, the agreement covers complaints about Google reacting unfavorably to “workplace dissent.” Google won’t need to admit wrongdoing, but it will need to inform employees of their speech rights. Source: theverge.com

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Turkey’s central bank cuts key rate by 3.25 percentage points

“Turkey’s central bank dramatically cut interest rates by 3.25 percentage points, cutting its key rate to 16.5% from 19.75%” writes European Markets Editor for marketwatch.com. “Recently, advanced economy central banks have started to adopt more expansionary policies as global economic activity weakened and downside risks to inflation heightened.While these developments support the demand for emerging market assets and the risk appetite, rising protectionism and uncertainty regarding global economic policies are closely monitored in terms of their impact on both capital flows and international trade,” the central bank said. Source: marketwatch.com

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China says pork supply will be enough for upcoming holidays

“BEIJING (Reuters) – China, the world’s top pork consumer, will secure sufficient supplies of the meat for upcoming holidays, including the Lunar New Year in late January, said an official on Wednesday, as concerns grow over a looming shortage and soaring prices” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. China’s pig herd has shrunk by a third following a severe outbreak of deadly African swine fever, and pork prices have surged since June on tightening supplies. Source: 95kqds.com

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An attorney representing 14 women called the company’s updated policies a “cheap public relations stunt.”

“Lyft will also add an option to call 911 or the company directly from the app during a ride and will require all Lyft drivers to complete additional safety training beginning in the fall” writes unknown author for huffpost.com. Lyft has updated its safety policies as it faces a lawsuit filed by 14 women who say the company failed to protect them from being sexually assaulted by their drivers while using the ride-sharing app. He accused the company of concealing the true numbers of reports from the public.The women called…

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Argentina’s Fernandez, front-runner for president, walks tightrope between markets and votes

“BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s presidential front-runner Alberto Fernandez is on a tightrope between the interventionist policies of his better-known running mate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and the stumbling free-market reforms of incumbent Mauricio Macri” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Argentina’s peso was flat on Tuesday at about 56 per U.S. dollar as investors looked for clues about Fernandez’s policies as the Oct. 27 presidential election approaches.Fernandez may be expected to give clearer debt policy statements after the election. Source: 95kqds.com

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Trump’s policies have fueled a 10-fold increase in trade uncertainty over the past year, IMF says

“Globally, the trade policy uncertainty index is rising sharply, having been stable at low levels for about 20 years.”” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. President Donald Trump’s policies have fueled a record increase in trade uncertainty over the past year, according to an International Monetary Fund report out Monday.High levels of trade uncertainty have also been recorded among other US trading partners, the report said, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, and large European economies.After two decades of stability, the IMF’s trade policy uncertainty index jumped 10-fold from previous highs over…

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Bill de Blasio wants to fight automation with a ‘robot tax,’ but he should look at the minimum wage instead

“De Blasio has been a major advocate of a $15 minimum wage, which has been associated with increasing automation” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Many of the largest minimum wage or near-minimum wage professions (such as the food service industry and grocery cashiers) are among the easiest to replace with automation.But if he’s really concerned about the trend, one thing he should take a look at is his support for a $15 minimum wage.In many cases, the trend would be happening regardless of minimum wage policies.A 2017/2018 paper by economists Grace Lordan and…

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Ken Cuccinelli challenges Maryland official to debate over ‘sanctuary’ policy

“ICE has said the policy puts potential criminals back into the community, while local officials have touted the idea as a way to protect those in the country without legal documents” reports washingtonexaminer.com. A senior Trump administration official has challenged a Maryland politician to a debate on “sanctuary” policies following several recent incidents in which illegal immigrants were arrested on sexual assault charges and released instead of being turned over to federal authorities. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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