Customs and Border Protection outlines border wall requirements
Customs and Border Protection is asking for designs and prototypes from contractors to build Trump's proposed wall. Some requirements: It has to be at least 18 feet tall and "physically imposing."
Trump Administration files motion aimed at controlling Consumer Protection Agency
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is in the executive branch, but the president doesn't control it, which he says is unconstitutional. Agency supporters say independence is its strength.
Philippine President not intimidated by potential ICC trial over drug war
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he would not be intimidated by a potential criminal trial at the hands of the International Criminal Court, vowing that the country's war on drugs would continue. Speaking to reporters before he departed for Myanmar, the President was adamant in his defense of the country's stance on drugs. The president said "I will not be intimidated and I shall not be stopped just by what? International Criminal Court? Impeachment? If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go." Duterte has not backed down from the numerous international organizations condemning the extrajudicial killing of drug dealers and users. Duterte has also condemned such actions saying he'd never "condone the killing of a criminal person arrested with outstretched arms, begging for his life, or what is popularly known as extrajudicial killings." This comes as a former member of an alleged "death squad" is expected to file a case against Duterte with the ICC.
US appeals court rejects emergency request to stop oil from flowing through Dakota Access pipeline
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Saturday rejected an emergency request from two native American tribes attempting to stop oil from flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline. As a result of this rejection, the Dakota Access pipeline could begin could begin operating as soon as tomorrow. The three judge panel rejected the request because the native American tribes "have not satisfied the stringent requirements for issuance of an injunction pending appeal."
Japan court finds government and TEPCO liable for Fukushima nuclear disaster
The Maebashi District Court ruled that the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company are liable for professional negligence in their security maintenance at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The two parties have been ordered to pay a total of USD $341,000 to 62 out of 137 evacuees who sought damages for emotional distress. The court concluded that in order to ensure safety at the plant, the plant's generators should have been moved to a higher floor. The suit, which was filed in 2013, is one of 30 similar suits still pending in the Japanese court system.
It's good to be a CEO, again: stocks rise, and so does pay
Pay raises are back in style in the corner office, erasing cuts from a year earlier and pushing CEO compensation to new highs. Twice as many top American companies increased their chiefs' pay in fiscal 2016 as cut it. Median pay for the chief executives of 104 of the biggest American companies rose 6.8% for fiscal 2016 to $11.5 million, on track to set a post recession record.
New Jersey legislature passes bill requiring presidential disclosure of federal tax return
The New Jersey Legislature passed S3048 on Thursday which would require presidential and vice-presidential candidates to reveal their federal income tax return before being listed on the state's ballot. The bill, which was passed by a democratic-led state legislature and awaits Governor Chris Christie's signature, was inspired by President Donald Trump's refusal to release his own tax-returns.
Bitcoin price plunges on fears of a currency split
Bitcoin shed about a fifth of its value over the weekend as an increasingly bitter split in the developer community behind the virtual currency threatened to literally break it in two.
Beyond 'He' or 'She': The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality
Merkel, Abe Endorse Free Trade With Jabs At Trump Rhetoric
The Resurrection of Domino's
The world economy: on the rise
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Cosi finisce l'Europa
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