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UK Politics

Trump Administration Announces $11.6 Billion Federal Aid to Puerto Rico

The Trump administration announced Friday that the federal government will provide an additional $11.6 billion to help Puerto Rico recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will award $9.6 billion to the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority to restore the power grid. Another grant of $2 billion will be given to the Puerto Rico Department of Education to rebuild school buildings and other educational facilities. Besides the federal grants, there will be an additional $1.4 billion in funding from non-federal sources, making the total amount $13 billion. It's unclear where the other $1.4 billion in funding comes from. ThRead More From Source [contf] [contfnew] The Epoch Times [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

UK Politics

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Make Attacking Law Enforcement a Federal Crime

Over a dozen Republican senators this week introduced a bill that would make attacking law enforcement officers a federal crime, citing the rising number of officers killed in the line of duty this year. The Protect and Serve Act would make it a federal crime to knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer. If the bill passes, offenders would face jail terms of up to 10 years. That penalty could escalate to life in jail if a death results from the crime, or if the offense includes kidnapping or attempted murder. “When someone attacks a law enforcement officer, that person is also threatRead More From Source [contf] [contfnew] The Epoch Times [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

UK Politics

Poll: Biden Ahead in Rust Belt, But Presidential Race a Deadlock Among Likely Voters

Vice President Joe Biden holds an overall 6-point lead (46.7% to 40.7%) among registered voters in the Rust Belt (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) according to an Epoch Times poll conducted by Big Data Poll between Sept. 11-15. However, among likely voters with no undecideds, the race between the two candidates tightens to nearly dead-even (48.7% to 48.6%), fueled by greater enthusiasm among Trump voters. In 2016, Trump won 48.5 percent of the total vote in the six Rust Belt states, compared to 46 percent for the Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton. Trump became the first Republican nominee to carry Michigan and PennsylvaRead More From Source [contf] [contfnew] The Epoch Times [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

UK Politics

House Democrats Call for an Emergency Watchdog Review of Durham Investigation

Four top House Democrats on Friday urged the Department of Justice's (DOJ) inspector general to immediately launch a review of U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal investigation. Durham was tasked by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the FBI's counter-intelligence probe, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, that explored possible contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and the other Democrats said DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz should open an emergency investigation to see whether Barr, Durham, and other political appointees are following policy to avoid taking actions that could influence the upcoming presidential election. "We also requesRead More From Source [contf] [contfnew] The Epoch Times [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

America

What would a year of distance learning mean for children in California?

Issued on: 18/09/2020 – 14:11 The closure of schools means increased inequalities for California students © France 24 screen grab In California, the 2020 school year has begun with 100 percent virtual instruction. With about 3,000 new Covid-19 cases being confirmed daily, the states 10,000 public schools will remain closed. And the governor says the closures could last the entire school year. That would put 7 million students and 300,000 teachers into the new world of distance learning. And that is where inequalities are emerging. Families with means are using private tutors and specRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Europe

Poland’s Law and Justice left to rule alone, after United Right coalition collapse

Leading politicians of Poland’s Law and Justice party on Friday announced the collapse of the ruling coalition and the creation of a minority government after a political disagreement during a parliamentary vote on a bill beefing up animal protection. Late on Thursday night many members of the ruling United Right coalition either voted against the bill or abstained. The ‘United Right’ political alliance, led by the Law and Justice Party (PSi), had been in power since 2015. For now, PSi will carry on as a minority Government, but negotiations could make it permanent or bring elections forward. The announcement Friday morning came after justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro and his party members refused to vote for an animal welfare bill which powerful Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński proposed. Kaczyński, 71, is a lawmaker in parliament and has no official government role, but he is widely understood to be Poland’s dominating political force, deciding government policies and app..

Tech

CDC dramatically restores COVID-19 testing advice marred by political meddling

Enlarge / The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters stands in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. As the novel coronavirus has spread in the US, the CDC is under increasing heat to defend a shaky rollout of crucial testing kits. Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesGetty | Bloomberg In a dramatic move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday restored its recommendation to test people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but dont have symptoms—erasing politically motivated changes made by members of the Trump administration without the support or input from CDC scientists. The CDC had—until August 24—always recommended testing for all people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone infected with the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, regardless of symptoms. The CDC stated clearly that this is “important” and should be done quickly “because of the potential for asymptomatic and ..

Tech

PS5 retailers have many fewer Digital Edition systems for preorder

Across the country, GameStop locations had many more $499 Standard Edition PS5 systems for preorder than the $399 Digital Edition These limited initial preorder supplies sold out in minutes, according to workers at the stores in question. The $399, disc-drive-free Digital Edition of the PlayStation 5 may be in much shorter supply at US retailers this holiday season than the $499 version with a standard disc drive. That's based on an Ars Technica analysis of PS5 preorder hardware allocations this week at GameStop locations across the country. Ars was able to confirm the initial PS5 preorder allocations for nine separate GameStop locations. All told, roughly 24 percent of the stock available at these locations was taken up by the Digital Edition, with the remaining 76 percent for the Standard Edition. The Digital Edition ratios at individual locations ranged from 13 to 33 percent of all the available PS5 preorders, with 20 percent being the most common ratio. Each individua..

Tech

Wayback Machine and Cloudflare team up to archive more of the Web

Enlarge / Screenshot of the Internet Archive's home page, including the WayBack Machine's search box.Internet Archive The Internet Archive and Cloudflare have teamed up to archive the content of websites that use Cloudflare's Always Online service, increasing the odds that users will be able to view a recent version of a website during outages. The partnership will increase the number of webpages scanned by the Internet Archive, making the organization's Wayback Machine more useful to Internet users in general. "Websites that enable Cloudflare's Always Online service will now have their content automatically archived, and if by chance the original host is not available to Cloudflare, then the Internet Archive will step in to make sure the pages get through to users," said an announcement by Mark Graham, director of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Cloudflare says its Always Online feature saves "a limited copy of your cached website to keep it onl..

UK Politics

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Postal Service Operational Changes

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday temporarily blocked operational changes that new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is making to the struggling U.S. Postal Service (USPS), claiming plaintiffs in a lawsuit will likely succeed. A coalition of states filed a lawsuit this month seeking to block the changes, claiming they unlawfully interfered with states' authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to manage their own elections. U.S. District Judge Stanley Allen Bastian, an Obama-appointee, sided with the states, ruling they established a likelihood of success. "Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at the heart of DeJoys and the Postal Services actions is voter disenfranchisement," BaRead More From Source [contf] [contfnew] The Epoch Times [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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