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President Trump Sparks Revolt by CEOs

By nature most CEOs are cautious and thoughtful in both words and actions. So what might have been the most surprising thing Thursday was not that U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the country out of the Paris Agreement climate control deal, but the response he sparked from a number of CEOs that voiced their strong opposition publicly to his decision. It is an unprecedented and bizarre moment for American history, said a presidential historian. He called the reaction by the CEOs a sign of the state of damage that Trump brand has in the eyes of... 
 

Angela Merkel Indicates Growing Problems With U.S. Under Donald Trump

In a speech over the weekend Angela Merkel the Chancellor of Germany stated that Europe could not completely count on others any longer, which many took as a sign of the cracking in the relationship between the U.S. and Germany. The alliance between the two has defined the global order since the end of World War II. Merkel said during a campaign event in front of over 2,500 people that the times Germany can completely count on others are somewhat done as she experienced the last few days. While the name President Donald Trump was never mentioned... 
 

Infosys Feels Political Pressure, Hiring 10k Workers in U.S.

Tech consulting behemoth Infosys, based in India, promised it would hire 10,000 workers in the U.S. during the next two years. On Tuesday, the company said it would accomplish that by launching four new tech hubs across the U.S., with its first opening in Indiana this August. The facility in Indiana is expected to create as many as 2,000 jobs over the next 4 years. The announcement by the company comes just two weeks after federal agencies in the U.S. were ordered by President Donald Trump to review the distribution of H-1B visas. Measures to reform... 
 

President Donald Trump Wants Corporate Tax Rate of 15%

President Donald Trump wants a big cut in corporate tax rates, a move that likely would increase the national debt and would breach a long-held goal by the Republicans of curbing borrowing by the federal government. The president instructed his advisers to propose the cutting of the corporate tax rate to 15% from its current 35%, said officials in the White House who were not given permission to speak publicly. The reduction in the corporate rate, which budget experts said could, cost the government as much as $2.4 trillion over a 10-year period... 
 

Poll: Over 50% of Americans Trust Media over Trump

When trust becomes an issue, a newly released poll says that the majority of Americans said they put more trust in the media than in President Donald Trump. A poll released by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday asked those participating if Trump or the media tell the truth about issues that are important. The survey showed that 52% of those participating trusted the media and just 37% said they trusted the president more. Amongst voters who were Democrats, 86% they were more apt to believe in the media than their own president, while 78% of those... 
 

Documents Show President Trump Still Receiving Benefits from Businesses

Prior to taking office, President Donald Trump made a promise to put his assets into a trust that was designed to put a wall between him and his businesses that help to make him so wealthy. However, new documents just released show Trump is still the sole beneficiary of his trust and that it is controlled legally by one employee and Trump’s eldest son. The documents that were obtained through a request in public records by a news service known as ProPublica showed as well that Trump holds legal power to revoke his trust at any moment. The documents... 
 

Donald Trump Upset with Pharmaceutical Companies Over Drug Prices

During his first president-elect news conference, Donald Trump on Wednesday accused pharmaceutical companies of being able to get away with murder because of the high cost for drugs. He added that he would change how the country bids on drugs so the prices will come down and spending is less. Trump said that the pharmaceutical industry has a number of lobbyists and a great deal of power. He said very little bidding takes place on drugs. He called the U.S. the largest purchaser of drug worldwide, but the bidding is done improperly. The government... 
 

Leaders in Tech Industry to Meet With President-Elect

Many of the top prominent technology executives in the U.S. are expected to take part in a meeting on Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump. The hope is the meeting will help steer a complicated relationship that exists between some of the country’s top valued technology companies and the incoming White House administration. Those expected to attend the Wednesday meeting include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk along with both the Google parent Alphabet... 
 

Trump Picks Andrew Puzder for His Labor Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump selected Andrew Puzder the CEO at Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, as his Labor secretary nominee, said a source close to Trump’s decision. Puzder, who is 66, is an outspoken critic of regulation in government. He opposes the Affordable Care Act, broader overtime pay and the minimum wage of $15 being asked for by many groups. The Department of Labor oversees the job market in the U.S., regulates the U.S. workplace and produces valuable statistics such as the unemployment rate, which underpin the U.S. economic... 
 

U.S. Worried Over LinkedIn Being Blocked in Russia

The United States government on Friday said it was very concerned over the decision by Russia to block the public’s access to LinkedIn the networking site. The U.S. said it created a precedent, which could be used to justify the blocking of other online sites that are operating in Russia. LinkedIn, which is headquartered in the U.S., is the first social network of significance that has been blocked under a new measure in Russia that requires companies holding data of Russian citizens to store it on servers that are in Russia. Analysts specializing... 
 

Trump to Collide With California Over Undocumented Immigrants

California is becoming a battleground for policy on immigration as leaders for different factions across the state made vows to fight plans to deport undocumented immigrants by President-elect Donald Trump. During his presidential campaign, Trump said he would build a long wall that ran along the entire border of the U.S and Mexico. He also said he would deport the people who were in the country illegally. It is expected that he will undo the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is an initiative put into place by President Obama... 
 

Oil Prices Jump as Russia and Saudi Arabia Decide to Work Together

Russia and Saudi Arabia signed a new agreement that has a goal of stabilizing the worldwide oil market, according to TASS the news agency in Russia that is state-owned. The two countries pledged to set up a group, along with other types of measures with the goal of supporting an oil market that has been hit hard but a huge collapse in prices since 2014. On Monday, the prices of oil increased by 3%. The new agreement was first announced at the G20 summit being held in China. It should help to set an agenda for a meeting that is being called informal,... 
 

Homeland Security Says Undocumented Immigrants on the Rise

Another surge of undocumented immigrant families crossing the U.S. border with Mexico took place in July, said an official from Homeland Security in federal court this week as the White House administration requested that a judge not forbid the detention of the undocumented mothers and children. The Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol said that the amount of undocumented immigrant families that had been captured on the border rose during July. This was bucking a recent trend and worrying officials who were expecting the amount of families to fall... 
 

FCC wants to Subsidize Internet

The Federal Communications Commission has moved ahead with its ambitious plan to help millions of Americans with low income get online. The regulatory agency has proposed the overhaul of its Lifeline program, which at present only covers phone service, to subsidize access to high-speed Internet. This proposal shows just how critical it is to have Internet for everyday tasks such as finding work, doing homework and keeping in touch with friends and family. However, the FCC’s three Democrats were needed to override the opposition of two Republicans... 
 

Google and Apple Say Hands Off to Obama

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and more than 40 other tech companies are pleading with the White House to keep the U.S. government out of the emails and smartphones of U.S. citizens. The companies in a letter to President Barack Obama wrote that strong encryption is modern information security’s cornerstone. The letter was delivered early Tuesday morning. Apple in 2014 made waves when it encrypted its iPhones, making the task of law enforcement in obtaining data from the iPhone of a suspect, even more arduous. Only one thing on an iPhone can... 
 

Menendez Denies Wrongdoing, Could Face Charges

Senator Robert Menendez a Democrat from New Jersey, who has seen his profile rise in the U.S. Senate and the international stage, could face criminal charges of corruption. The charges could come in just weeks reported a number of media outlets on Friday. One source said that Eric Holder Jr. the Attorney General has signed off on the case. Menendez said on Friday that he always has conducted himself appropriately with the law and that every action in his public career of 23 years has been based upon pursuing what is best for New Jersey and for the... 
 

U.S. Ambassador Slashed, North Korea Praises Attack

North Korea has hailed the attack by a man from South Korea in Seoul on the U.S. Ambassador there via a statement, saying the attack reflected public opinion across South Korea and was a righteous punishment against the U.S. The statement said Kim Ki-jong, 55, who was the alleged assailant, gave justice to Ambassador Lippert, who police have said was slashed on his wrist and face with a fruit knife that was 10-inches in length. Lippert could be seen with blood dripping from his hand that covered his face. Medical officials announced that doctors... 
 

Venezuela Tells U.S. Embassy to Shrink Staff

Venezuela announced it would shrink the staff of the U.S. Embassy, limit U.S. diplomats’ activities and require all U.S. citizens to apply for a visa before entering the country. Speaking in front of a crowd that had rallied to protest against imperialism on Saturday President Nicolas Maduro announced gringo meddling forced him into adopting a number of new restrictive measures, which includes requiring diplomats from the U.S. to request approval from the Venezuelan foreign ministry for all meetings they hold. Maduro said the tourist visa was... 
 

Federal Judge Blocks Execution Action on Immigration

A federal judge on Monday granted the request from 26 states to block the executive action of President Obama over illegal immigration. This allows a lawsuit that looks to permanently stop the order to travel through the court system. Andrew Hanen, a U.S. District Judge granted the injunction on Monday after receiving arguments last month in Brownsville, Texas. He wrote in his memorandum that accompanied his order that the lawsuit will go forward and without an injunction, the states could suffer irreparable harm. He agreed that legalizing millions... 
 

Plan for Ceasefire in Ukraine Announced

A new plan for a ceasefire and overall end to war in Ukraine was announced on Thursday in Minsk, Belarus by leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia following an overnight marathon bargaining session that threatened to derail the ceasefire attempt. Even though the agreement was announced, it seems to be quite fragile, as officials from both sides said there was still much work ahead of them. The ceasefire will take effect Saturday at midnight, but because the leaders used three different news conferences to make the announcement, the accord... 
 

North Dakota Might Lose Billions in Revenues

Lawmakers in North Dakota are expecting to lose billions in tax revenue during the upcoming 30 months. The lawmakers are blaming the dropping oil prices for the loss. A report from the Legislative Council forecasting revenue projections to drop by $5.5 billion underscores the impact of the oil tax exemptions that were not reformed previously by the Legislature. During the legislative session of 2013, multiple bills were rejected to eliminate the exemptions in exchange for the top rates being lowered. Now, oil prices have plunged and are expected... 
 

North Korea Attacks Sony Servers

The Monday of Thanksgiving week, North Korea cyber hackers attacked Sony Pictures. The official statement of what happened is still being kept secret by the studio, but from what is known the attack could have been due to the new film that will be released by Sony titled The Interview. The comedy is about anill-fated attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un the North Korean dictator. The film was deemed an act of war by the North Korean leader. No word has come from North Korean as to whether or not they were responsible for the cyber attack. It is the... 
 

Michigan Pondering Ban on Tesla

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan who boasted of making his state more hospitable to entrepreneurs has a deadline of Tuesday to veto or sign a bill that would stop Tesla Motors the electric vehicle manufacturer from selling its cars in Michigan in its own stores and not via a traditional network of dealerships. The law in Michigan requires automakers to have franchised dealers that sell their vehicles. The law did not specifically mention electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, which began in 2003 and has its headquarters in California. Last week the... 
 

Arab League Wants United Action To Stop Islamic State

The Arab League unanimously adopted a new resolution to combat the Islamic State militant extremist group made up of Sunnis. The league did this to protect the national security of Arab nations. However, the member states of the league did not state the possibility of coordinating its efforts with the United States. Nabil el-Araby the Secretary General of the Arab League in a press conference on Sunday said the resolution was adopted after discussions between the different foreign ministers due to the growing influence the militant group has. Locally... 
 

Obama May Use Executive Power to Reform Immigration

On Monday, President Barack Obama announced that he would use his executive powers to revamp the immigration system in the U.S. and move more resources to the border to protect it, after his hopes of having immigration reform legislation passed by Congress died. The Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner told the President last week that the House would not take a vote this year on immigration legislation, which all but killed the chances that the bill signed last year by the U.S. Senate would become law. This collapse of the U.S. legislative... 
 

Lithuania Closer to Becoming Euro Zone Member

The common currency euro zone could have its 19th member soon. Lithuania a Baltic state received its preliminary approval Wednesday to join the union at the start of 2015. It likely will be the last addition to the troubled common currency bloc for a number of years. Lithuania has close to 3 million inhabitants and fulfills the legal and economic criteria needed to join, said the European Commission and European Central Bank, after separate assessments were conducted on the readiness of the country. The membership of Lithuania still needs the approval... 
 

U.S. Had to Act Quickly to Save Bergdahl

Chuck Hagel the U.S. Defense Secretary said the U.S. had an opening and acted very quickly to save the life of Bowe Bergdahl the captured U.S. Army Sgt. Hagel said U.S. military and defense officials believed the intelligence information they had was such that the health and safety of Bergdahl were in jeopardy. In particular, said Hagel, the health of the Sergeant was deteriorating. Removing him quickly became a priority to save his life and Hagel said he and the President strongly supported that decision. Bergdahl was the last soldier in the U.S.... 
 

Cutting Back Mail Delivery Approved by House Committee

The United States House of Representatives Oversight Committee has on Wednesday approved a measure that would end mail delivery on the doorstep for close to 15 million U.S. households over the next 10 years. The move would echo Canada’s implemented strategy north of the border and could save the Postal Service in the U.S. over $2 billion in operational costs annually according to House Republican who control the chamber. The measure would require the homes currently receiving mail to have their items delivered to a community mailbox or roadside... 
 

Kill Switch Bill Passed After Being Defeated

The Senate in California approved a new revised version of the kill switch measure, which mandates that all smartphones sold within the state have software installed that is anti-theft. The bill, which has been quite controversial, was defeated in late April in the Senate. It was then altered making it more acceptable to networks and key manufacturers. The important changes apparently included an extension of six-months for the compliance deadline, and that tablets were not included under the new anti-theft rules. Four major components make up the... 
 

Sebelius Resigning as Health Secretary

Kathleen Sebelius the Secretary of Health and Human Services is resigning following the overseeing of the botched launch of the signature healthcare reform law of President Barack Obama. An official from the White House confirmed on Thursday Sebelius was stepping down. The departure of Sebelius removes a big lightning rod for Obama critics as the president and nervous members of the Democratic Party attempt to retain U.S. Senate control in the midterm election in November. However, Republicans continue saying problems with the healthcare law are... 
 

Bush Will Decide on Possible 2016 Candidacy by End of 2014

Jeb Bush the former Governor of Florida said he would make a decision whether or not to run for president in 2016 before the end of 2014. Bush, who is 61, is the son of one previous president and brother of another. He has attracted much attention as a possible contender for the Republican Party due to his last name, his immigration views and his links to Florida an important battleground state. Bush said that each day he tried to avoid thinking about his possible candidacy. He said he has much to do and a fulfilled life. He urged lawmakers to stay... 
 

Leland Yee California State Senator Accused of Trafficking Firearms

Leland Yee a State Senator from California was arrested on charges related to the trafficking of illegal firearms by the FBI. He is also accused of accepting inappropriate contributions for his campaign. An agent for the FBI who was undercover worked to expose the state senator in a sting operation that was quite complex. Yee has advocated for legislation on gun control. He is accused of asking for donations to his campaign in exchange for making the introduction of an FBI undercover agent to an arms dealer. He also told the agent how to locate... 
 

Brown Signs New Legislation for Drought

While California grapples with its driest period in the history of the state, Governor Gerry Brown signed legislation on Saturday assisting the communities that are drought-affected to provide funding and to better use the water supplies. Brown said that legislators in California on both sides of the aisle voted to help the communities that have become hard pressed due to water shortages. The new legislation was bipartisan supported and passed 34-2 in the state’s senate and 64-3 in the state’s Assembly. The second legislation was passed by the... 
 

ICE Pushing Back on Zuckerberg’s Undocumented Immigrants Support

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook hired close to two dozen undocumented immigrants at the same time hosting a hackathon at the headquarters of LinkedIn. Zuckerberg’s intention was to encourage U.S. Congress to take on the immigration reform next year. Zuckerberg on ABC News said the issue of illegal immigrations was one of the country’s biggest civil rights issues of our generation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were not impressed with the actions of Zuckerberg. ICE has repeatedly invited the Facebook founder,... 
 

Virginia Senator Stabbed by Son

As state Senator Creigh Deeds of Virginia lay in a hospital room with stab wounds that were apparently inflicted by his own son, the police were investigating the relationship between the two, which from most accounts was a close one. In 2009, Gus Deeds helped the campaign of his father for governor by leaving college. Senator Deeds had made many efforts to help his son Gus over the years, said a colleague of the Senator. However, Tuesday morning the two ended up in an altercation at the home of Deeds in the rural western section of Virginia. The... 
 

Whites and HIspanics Split on California Immigration

Generally, California voters are supportive of the undocumented people living in the U.S., but are split on the laws that allow them to practice law and obtain legal driver’s licenses. Close to 69% of voters, who are Hispanic, but just 44% of whites are supportive of the new law allowing the driver’s licenses. The split is even sharper on whether the undocumented should be given permission to become lawyers, with more than 65% of Hispanic voters saying they should be allowed, while only 26% of the white voters agree. To win the support of a... 
 

U.S. Expels Three Diplomats from Venezuela

Three diplomats from Venezuela were told to leave the U.S. Tuesday in retaliation of their government expelling three officials from the U.S., including the highest ranking diplomat for the U.S. in Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela announced on Monday that Kelly Keiderling the charge d’affaires of the U.S. and two more U.S. diplomats were being expelled. Maduro excused the three of conspiring with members from the extreme right in the country to sabotage both the country’s power grid and economy. Official from the U.S. denied... 
 

Shut Down Hits U.S. Federal Government

The U.S. Federal Government experienced a partial shutdown early Tuesday, after the deadline of midnight passed without a deal on the budget being made to fund the new fiscal year. This is the first time the government has had a shutdown in close to two decades following over a week of jockeying by the Democrats and Republicans over the budget and the healthcare reform law known as Obamacare. Just prior to midnight, Obama let government agencies know to prepare to cease their operations starting Tuesday, even while Republicans in the House worked... 
 

Nuclear Missile Unit for Air Force Fails Test

The unit of the U.S. Air Force overseeing a nuclear missile installation from the Cold War era failed a test for safety, said officials from the Air Force. In Montana, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, the 341st Missile Wing made errors of tactical level during an exercise, said Air Force officials. On Tuesday, the exercise was meant to give a test to the ability of the unit to operate safety, said officials. However, a senior commander in the Air Force said the errors did not give an indication that the arsenal of nuclear weapons in the U.S. were at... 
 

Samantha Power wins confirmation as UN Ambassador

President Barack Obama hailed the newly appointed ambassador from the U.S. to the United Nations as one of the country’s leaders in foreign policy. Obama called Samantha Power a champion of many years of human rights. Power, who is 42, is a journalist who has won the Pulitzer Prize. She was confirmed to the new U.S. United Nations ambassador role following a vote of 87-10 by the Senate. Power is a native of Dublin, but her family came to the U.S. when she was only 9. She was raised in Atlanta. Obama, in a statement released on Thursday afternoon,... 
 

Suburb of Dallas Cannot Stop Undocumented Immigrants from renting

On Monday, a federal appeals court rejected a controversial law imposed by a Dallas suburb that would have banned illegal immigrants from being able to rent homes there. In a ruling of 9-5, the Court of Appeals of New Orleans upheld a decision by a lower-court to block the Farmers Branch ordinance. The court found that the legislation interfered with the authority of the federal government over immigration. The suburb’s ordinance would have made it a requirement for any renter in the area to register with city officials and obtain a legal occupancy... 
 

Opposition Leader in Russia to run for Mayor of Moscow

Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader in Russia returned to Moscow following his surprising release from prison pending his appeal of his embezzlement conviction. He said he would now continue forward with his mayoral campaign in the country’s capital. On Saturday, he arrived with his wife via a train trip overnight from Kirov. He was met by cheering supporters, at the railway station upon his arrival. He told the crowd of supporters he would run in the mayoral election on September 8 and would be the winner. Navalny was given his sentence on... 
 

FAA to lower restrictions on use of Electronic Gadgets

A draft report from the Federal Aviation Administration says the U.S. regulator will soon be allowing passengers to use electronic gadgets during a planes take off and landing. However, no mention has been given of allowing the use of phone calls during that time. Passengers on airplanes have long been irritated at the need to turn off devices, but could soon be given some reprieve, as regulators seem to be set to allow broader use of the gadgets during flight. The FAA is expected to make a change in the ban on certain types of electronic devices... 
 

First Lady Confronts Heckler

First Lady Michelle Obama was faced with a heckler in support of gay-rights on Tuesday. When the woman started to heckle Mrs. Obama, the first lady said one thing she does not do well is handle hecklers. The first lady was giving a speech at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. Leaving the podium, Mrs. Obama moved closer to the shouter and asked the crowd if they could listen to her or they could take the microphone, but that she was leaving. She said make one choice, listen to the heckler or to her. The crowd responded by making... 
 

South Carolina Congressional Race Attracting Interest

On Monday, two candidates vying for the 1st Congressional district seat in South Carolina participated in a spirited debate. Elizabeth Colbert Busch is a first time candidate running against the Mark Stanford the former Governor of South Carolina. The debate was not held on local television but Colbert Busch’s question to Sanford about his Argentina disappearance back in 2009 was the lead story on late night news in the state. While, Governor Sanford went to Argentina to spend time with his girlfriend while still married. Sanford, who is a Republican... 
 

Furloughs to start at the IRS

Official notices of furloughs will be issued at the IRS next week for its employees. The agency will shut its doors for five days because of the five unpaid days of leave handed down to its employees this summer. The furloughs are a result of the sequester that became in effect on March 1 when lawmakers could not come to an agreement to stave off the huge budget cuts. Steve Miller, the Acting Commissioner of the IRS, said in a memo addressed to employees that the five furlough days would be broken down into one day in May, June and August and two... 
 

Abbas accepts Prime Minister’s Resignation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he had accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad who handed his resignation in on Saturday. Abbas asked that Fayyad head the caretaker government, said officials following a meeting held in Ramallah. An official, who is high-ranking, said Fayyad told him he would not remain as the head of the government, regardless if he were asked to stay on at his post. Recently rumors have been rife regarding Fayyad resigning or being told to step down by President Abbas as the longstanding differences... 
 

Congress Receives White House Budget Proposal

Bipartisan broadsides came at President Obama after he handed Congress his budget proposal for 2014 on Wednesday. The White House’s intent was to please both Republicans and Democrats yet it succeeded in angering both. The spending plan of $3.77 trillion, which is two months late being delivered to Congress, attempts to curb the deficits by increasing taxes further on the country’s top earners and through reining in Social Security growth. However, the Republicans argue there has been enough sacrifice by them through agreeing to increased taxes... 
 

Kansas Legislature Approves Broad Anti-Abortion Legislation

Legislators in Kansas passed a measure on Friday that contains sweeping anti-abortion legislation, sending a bill to Governor Sam Brownback that says life starts at the moment of fertilization. The measure also blocks tax breaks for providers of abortions and bans abortions that are performed solely due to the sex of the baby. The Kansas House voted for the compromise version of the measure 90-30 after reconciling its differences with the senate, that just hours before approved the legislation by the vote of 28-10. The governor, a Republican, is... 
 

Pending Furloughs Prompt Obama to Give Back Salary

President Barack Obama said he would return 5% of his presidential salary as a sign of solidarity to the federal workers who are facing upcoming furloughs because of the huge budget cuts now known as the sequester. The president earns $400,000 per year making his give back $20,000. That amounts to a very large amount for many Americans but a drop in the bucket for others. For the president that amount is equal to about five minutes of a speech once he becomes a private citizen again in 2017. This was something that the president was forced to do,... 
 
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