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‘Yes’ on borders, ‘yes’ on walls where appropriate, ‘no’ on emergency powers

“Presidents have for decades stretched the definition of “emergency,” and it would undermine the constitutional order to aggressively stretch emergency powers” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Using emergency powers because Congress won’t act in the way Trump demands would make Trump a one-man legislator.But we reiterate our earlier warning that Trump would be exceeding his proper authority if he tried to use emergency powers to fund wall-building that Congress didn’t fund. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Tory chairman criticises election watchdog’s plan to expand powers

“The Conservative chairman has criticised plans by the elections watchdog to acquire powers to prosecute parties and campaigners, citing concerns about the regulator’s “impartiality”” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. Speaking after The Telegraph revealed the regulator’s plans to hand itself powers currently exercised by the police and Crown Prosecution Service, Mr Lewis warned against the regulator becoming “an even bigger quango”. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Tinder growth powers Match earnings beat, shares soar

“Match said it also expects first-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of $150 million to $155 million” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Total revenue rose 20.7 percent to $457.34 million, beating estimates of about $448.5 million.Excluding items, Match earned 43 cents per share, beating estimates of 38 cents, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Source: reuters.com

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Trump requests expanded powers to impose tariffs

“The proposed legislation would expand the White House’s latitude to impose tariffs if other countries’ tariffs or non-tariff barriers exceed U.S. ones” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The president already has some powers to impose tariffs without congressional approval, primarily by citing national security as a reason.He has used those to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.President Trump requested in Tuesday’s State of the Union address that Congress expand his power to impose tariffs, saying he needed to be able to respond faster to foreign countries’ moves in trade wars.Bryan Riley, trade…

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Venezuela crisis: Major global powers ordered to stop trading oil and gold assets with Maduro

“It comes at a time when political tensions in Venezuela are reaching boiling point, with the oil-rich, but cash-poor, country in the midst of the Western Hemisphere’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory” writes Carlos Garcia Rawlins for cnbc.com. The group also underscored the need for an urgent delivery of humanitarian aid and insisted international governments “take measures to prevent the Maduro regime … from doing business in oil, gold and other assets.”.  Source: cnbc.com

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Victims Get New Powers To Challenge Release Of Violent Offenders After Worboys Case

“Crime victims are to be given new powers to challenge the release of violent offenders after a parole system review sparked by the case of black cab rapist John Worboys” writes Press Association for huffingtonpost.com. The challenge system, which has to be launched within 21 days of victims being notified of a decision to release, will only apply to the most serious of offenders serving lengthy jail terms.The review came after a decision to release former taxi driver Worboys in 2018, after almost a decade behind bars, was only overturned…

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