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Puerto Rico crisis: What the Jones Act controversy is all about

Puerto Rico crisis: What the Jones Act controversy is all about Seven lawmakers, led by Velázquez, sent a letter Monday to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke requesting a one year waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. "The limitation is going to be port capacity to offload and transfer cargo, not vessel availability", it said in a statement. But a request from a member of Congress is not the usual pathway by which the department gets waiver ... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Maria Brings Dangerous Storm Surge to North Carolina Coast

Hurricane Maria Brings Dangerous Storm Surge to North Carolina Coast This is the fourth named tropical storm to impact the islands in the past two years. A mandatory evacuation order for people visiting Ocracoke Island goes into effect at 5 a.m. A storm surge warning is in effect from Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Hatteras. "Large swells generated by Maria are affecting much of the east coast of the United States", the NHC said. [Full Article...]

"Bone-chilling" accounts from those fleeing Myanmar, UN Secretary General says

Refugees are still leaving Myanmar, more than a month after Rohingya Muslim insurgents attacked security posts near the border, triggering fierce Myanmar military retaliation. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council Thursday Myanmar's actions in Rakhine State appeared to be ethnic cleansing , an allegation UN human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein first made weeks ago... [Full Article...]

ICE Rolls Up 500 Criminal Aliens Hiding Out In Sanctuary Cities

ICE Rolls Up 500 Criminal Aliens Hiding Out In Sanctuary Cities The operation indicates that ICE considers Denver to be a sanctuary city despite efforts by Mayor Michael Hancock to find middle ground when it comes to protecting immigrant residents and cooperating with federal immigration agents. The lone Denver arrestee mentioned was an unnamed Guatemalan who was living in the United States with lawful permanent legal status but who had been convicted of fel... [Full Article...]

Trump orders shipping restrictions lifted for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Trump orders shipping restrictions lifted for storm-hit Puerto Rico The immediate relief effort was still badly hampered by the hit to infrastructure. The coalition has been working closely with commonwealth leaders; its honorary chair is former Puerto Rico Senate President Kenneth McClintock. But the way Trump talks about it, you'd think Puerto Rico was on the other side of the world. "Jones Act relief will save many Puerto Ricans - especially children and seni... [Full Article...]

Russian Federation destroys last Cold War-era chemical weapons

Russian Federation destroys last Cold War-era chemical weapons Contrary to Putin's comments, however, USA stockpiles of chemical arms created between World War I and 1968 have been nearly entirely destroyed. The Russian president also used the speech to needle Washington, saying the United States was not carrying out its worldwide duties in full. [Full Article...]

N.Korea mobilises aircraft in response to USA bombers

N.Korea mobilises aircraft in response to USA bombers Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho spoke to reporters in NY on Monday after a meeting at the United Nations. The US bombers' flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea that any US fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon said. [Full Article...]

Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Bill Expanding Medicaid Abortion Coverage in IL

Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Bill Expanding Medicaid Abortion Coverage in IL IL is one of a handful of states across the country with a so-called "trigger law", a 40-year-old provision that would make abortion illegal in all cases except immediate threat to the life of the mother if Roe v. Illinois Republicans expressed disappointment, with State Rep. David McSweeney calling him a "failed governor who lied to the people of Illinois". It expands state health insurance co... [Full Article...]

Kim's threat to down USA planes a hollow one

Kim's threat to down USA planes a hollow one His remarks were reported by The Washington Post , which cautioned that the Pentagon has yet to confirm the decision. National Security Office (NSO) chief Chung Eui-yong reported to lawmakers on Wednesday that the USA had promised to "expand the rotational deployment of the strategic assets around the Korean peninsula". [Full Article...]

Vietnam jumps five places on Global Competitiveness Index

Vietnam jumps five places on Global Competitiveness Index The country also possesses superior transport infrastructure and ranked second, its labour market is extremely efficient and placed second. Indonesia has increased its standing to 36th place in the Global Competitiveness Index due to the country's large market, robust macroeconomic environment and notable efforts to improve business sophistication over the past year. [Full Article...]

Neil Gorsuch speech at Trump hotel draws protests

Neil Gorsuch speech at Trump hotel draws protests The new Supreme Court term will have a major impact on President Trump's policies and legacy, as the justices take up a series of potentially blockbuster cases. He added: "The criminal side of the work of the Court of Appeal is up to date". Twenty-two states have not banned agency fee requirements, covering about 5 million public-sector workers. [Full Article...]

Reps. Hunter, Garamendi Concerned over Jones Act Waiver

Reps. Hunter, Garamendi Concerned over Jones Act Waiver He pressed Trump to put the Defense Department in charge of recovery efforts on the island. The domestic shipping industry argues the Jones Act is needed to preserve USA shipping jobs and for national security . "But hopefully today has been a little bit better than yesterday was, and our hope is that tomorrow is a bit better". He said there were still problems getting supplies and aid to... [Full Article...]

These Three Amigos Cause Presidents Cup to Live Up to Its Name

These Three Amigos Cause Presidents Cup to Live Up to Its Name Bush, and Bill Clinton , and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. This is the 12th Presidents Cup, which began in 1994 and pits a team of United States players against an worldwide squad from players outside of Europe. Obama, after shaking hundreds of hands and having a long chat with USA assistant captain Tiger Woods, departed adter the third match started but Bush and Clinton stayed until the en... [Full Article...]

Trump tax plan slams NY, ends state and local tax deduction

Trump tax plan slams NY, ends state and local tax deduction The plan calls for doubling the standard deduction, now $6,300 for single filers and $12,600 for most married couples. "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and I guess it's probably something I could say I'm very good at", Trump said in Indianapolis. [Full Article...]

Kim Kardashian slams Caitlyn Jenner for 'lying' in memoir about OJ case

Kim Kardashian slams Caitlyn Jenner for 'lying' in memoir about OJ case E! news reports Kardashian West is expecting via surrogate . "What happens every time I say, 'Guess what?'" Kim asks Khloé . The comedian tweeted , " Khloe Kardashian is pregnant ". The reality star and rapper Kanye West have two children together, daughter North and son Saint . "It's a he said.it's a she said/she said", added Joy Behar , tripping over her words. [Full Article...]

North Korea has just released this absolutely bonkers propaganda video

Air Force B-1B Lancers did off North Korea's east coast at the weekend. Lu's remarks came after North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump's tweet that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" was a declaration of war against his country by the United States. [Full Article...]

North Korea shot down a USA plane in 1969, killing 31 Americans

North Korea shot down a USA plane in 1969, killing 31 Americans Ri said on Monday the North's right to counter-measures included shooting down USA bombers "even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country". This issue has become more and more important to South Korea as tensions with North Korea have risen. Still, global rating agencies won't be adjusting their sovereign credit rating of South Korea anytime soon, Hwang said he confirmed recen... [Full Article...]

United Nations offers to help resolve Baghdad, Kurdistan region crisis

United Nations offers to help resolve Baghdad, Kurdistan region crisis Turkey's AtlasGlobal, Pegasus and Turkish Airlines, Lebanon's Middle East Airlines, EgyptAir and Royal Jordanian airlines announced Wednesday that they were are suspending flights to the area, in compliance with Baghdad's request. "The entire global community should present a consistent, unhesitant, and clear stance on protecting Iraq's territorial integrity and political union at the current st... [Full Article...]

Trump considers shipping waiver for Puerto Rico aid

Trump considers shipping waiver for Puerto Rico aid As he was departing for IN, a reporter asked Mr. Trump why the Jones Act had not been waived for Puerto Rico, as it had been for Texas. The rush baselessly to label people "racists" and "deplorables" is one the reasons Hillary Clinton did not become president and, thus, Brian Fallon did not become White House press secretary. [Full Article...]

Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino Fired After FBI Probe

Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino Fired After FBI Probe According to court documents unsealed this week, the school has been linked to a $100,000 payout to the family of one recruit and possibly a $150,000 payout to the family of another recruit. He recently transferred out of a Nike-affiliated high school program to Windermere Prep and switched from a Nike AAU team to 1 Family, an Adidas-sponsored AAU program that is run by Brad Augustine. [Full Article...]


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