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Chico proposes more generous parental leave policy for city workers

“As the city faces a $1 billion spike in pension payments, and twice that much to replace lead service lines that carry water from the street to individual homes, Chico wants the City Council to extend parental leave offered to all city employees” writes Fran Spielman for suntimes.com. His press release notes that New York City offers its employees six paid weeks for maternity, paternity and adoption.Emanuel’s current policy is: six weeks of paid leave for women giving birth by cesarean; four weeks for natural birth mothers and two weeks…

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The Democrat who lost to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joining a major lobbying firm

“Crowley is joining Squire Patton Boggs, a global law and lobbying firm that represents a massive number of corporations and organizations” writes Joe Perticone for businessinsider.com. John Breaux and Trent Lott, who also work for SPB’s public policy practice.They are a blockbuster addition to our global, bipartisan public policy practice.”.  Source: businessinsider.com

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After US midterms, Twitter extending same political ad protections to Europe

“In an effort to protect the US midterm elections from foreign interference, Twitter introduced tools designed to provide transparency into political ads on the platform” writes Apple Watch Series for 9to5mac.com. To qualify for the policy, candidates, organisations, and individuals seeking to advertise political campaigning content must now undergo a thorough certification process.In addition to increased transparency around political ads, we’ve also formed a high-level internal elections group to lead our electoral integrity work in the region from now until polling day. Source: 9to5mac.com

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Twitter launches political ad tracking tools in Europe ahead of key EU polls

“Twitter said its political campaigning ads policy, introduced during the U.S. midterm elections, will also be launched in India and Australia, both of which are also heading to the polls” writes Chris Ratcliffe for cnbc.com. “Our political campaigning ads policy is being expanded to cover #EUElections2019, providing the general public with an additional layer of insight into who is running a political campaign ad on Twitter,” the company said in a blog post.Twitter on Tuesday rolled out tools in Europe which will make it easier for voters to identify political…

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Policy Daily Review February 18, 2019

Policy Daily Review for February 18, 2019 Two words in Facebook’s latest regulatory filing shows how worried the company is about what it’s doing to people For the first time ever, Facebook has acknowledged that concerns about users well-being could hurt its business.   Trump signs spending bill, averting partial government shutdown President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill for government agencies that will avert a partial shutdown just after midnight. The bill also   European bank stocks rally as ECB considers restarting stimulus mechanism Correction: Due to…

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Crypto News 

Indonesia: New Legislation Recognizes Crypto as Trading Commodity

“Indonesia has introduced new legislation that recognizes Bitcoin (BTC) as a trading commodity, Asia-oriented news outlet KrASIA reported on Feb. 15” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. Today, Bappebti reportedly approved regulation No. 5/2019 that recognizes Bitcoin and other digital currencies as a trading commodity.Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency, also known as Bappebti, initially signed a decree to make cryptocurrency a commodity future legally tradable on stock exchanges last June.The new policy reportedly outlines a set of requirements in regard to any cryptocurrency circulating in Indonesia. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Economics After Neoliberalism: Market fetishism is a perversion of economics

“The share of academic publications that use data and carry out empirical analysis has increased substantially in all sub-fields within economics and currently exceeds 60 percent in labor economics, development economics, international economics, public finance, and macroeconomics (Angrist et al., 2017)” reports bostonreview.net. Other labor market institutions are needed to take advantage of free lunches created by monopsony and other labor market failures in the segment of the labor market where most workers find themselves.In short, neoliberalism appears to be just another name for economics.Neoliberalism—or market fundamentalism, market fetishism, etc.—is…

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Policy Daily Review February 15, 2019

Policy Daily Review for February 15, 2019 EUR/GBP: Downside capped as UK government losing motion, hard Brexit still on the cards EUR/GBP was better bid after the pound dropped around 1.5c vs the buck yesterday, for no apparent reason as the dollar marched on within its uptrend,   UK: Lawmakers reject government motion seeking to reaffirm support for PM May British lawmakers have rejected PM May’s main Brexit motion that seeks to reaffirm support for May’s plan to seek changes to her Brexit deal, 303 vs 2   UK PM…

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