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Brazil's ex-President Temer arrested, threatening fiscal reform

Temer was president from 2016 to 2018, taking office after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, for whom he served as vice president for six years. Prosecutors alleged that Temer was the leader of a "criminal organization" that diverted 1.8 billion reais ($471.62 million) in funds as part of a scheme related to the Angra nuclear power plant complex on the Rio de Janeiro coast. Brazil's currency slipped 1.4 percent and the Bovespa stock index fell 2.5 percent, as the arrest diverted the attention...
Tags: Science, Congress, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Dilma Rousseff, Temer, Bovespa


The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use

Out West, the future is dry. Amid an unprecedented 19-year drought in the expansive Colorado River Basin — which supplies water to 40 million Americans — seven Western states have acknowledged that the 21st century will only grow drier as temperatures continue to rise. And that means less water in the 1,450-mile Colorado River. On Tuesday, water managers from states including California, Utah, and New Mexico announced a drought plan (formally called a Drought Contingency Plan), which cuts their ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Colorado, California, Earth, West, Arizona, New Mexico, Southwest, Lake Mead, Colorado State University, Powell, Golden State, Colorado River, Bureau of Reclamation, Rick


Devin Nunes Is Suing Twitter Users Including "Devin Nunes' Mom," "Devin Nunes' Cow"  

Our favorite California GOP Congressman Devin Nunes is in the news again, this time for suing Twitter for what he insists is anti-conservative bias, according to Fox News. Nunes will sue the company for $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. The suit also targets several individual…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Congress, California, Social Media, Gop, Lawsuits, Jack Dorsey, Devin Nunes, Anti Conservative Bias, Devin Nunes Mom Devin Nunes Cow, Fox News Nunes


America, the Moon, and National Memory

Three days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, the nation watched an elaborate state funeral unfold with great pomp, circumstance, and majesty in Washington, D.C. Americans, like most of the world, were in shock, and probably never gave a thought as to what it took to organize a major event like this on such short notice. Our British cousins, however, were incredulous.London had been planning Winston Churchill’s funeral since the 1950s (he would not die until two ...
Tags: Texas, Science, London, Obama, Congress, Washington, America, Beijing, United States, Winston Churchill, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Houston, Panama Canal, Apollo, Kennedy


U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction

Hundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Chanting "climate action now!", some 1,500 students joined the event in front of the Capitol Building, where Congress sits, while similar rallies were held in 46 states. The demonstrations, which demanded politicians take action to combat climate change, backed measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democra...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Capitol Building


U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction

Hundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Chanting "climate action now!", some 1,500 students joined the event in front of the Capitol Building, where Congress sits, while similar rallies were held in 46 states. The demonstrations, which demanded politicians take action to combat climate change, backed measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democra...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Capitol Building


Beto O'Rourke, friend of the fossil fuel industry, is no climate hero

O’Rourke wants to be everything to everyone. To take a look back at his career, that’s an invitation he’s extended to the fossil fuel industry ‘O’Rourke voted twice to lift a long-standing restrictions on crude oil exports.’ Photograph: Daniel Acker/Reuters “We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of this Earth,” Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke ended a video announcing his presidential bid. “At this moment of maximum peril and maximum potential, let’s show ourselves and those who...
Tags: Science, Congress, Senate, US, Canada, Iowa, Donald Trump, Gulf of Mexico, BETO, Rourke, Permian, Robert Francis, Intergovernmental Panel, Appalachian basin, Lee Drutman, O'Rourke


Elizabeth Warren’s Tech Assault Propels Fringe Antitrust View to Spotlight

Warren’s proposal last week to classify some technology giants as utilities and undo previous industry mergers jolted Silicon Valley. It also hit a nerve among Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who’ve grown increasingly concerned that curbs on anticompetitive conduct are poorly enforced.
Tags: Science, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Warren, Silicon Valley


NASA's new rocket won't be ready for moon shot next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's massive new rocket won't be ready for a moon shot next year, the space agency's top official told Congress on Wednesday.
Tags: Science, Congress, Ap, Nasa, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla


U.S. Congress invites pharmacy benefit managers to third drug pricing hearing

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) administer drug benefits for employers and health plans and also run large mail-order pharmacies. Drugmakers say they are under pressure to provide rebates to the handful of PBMs dominating the market to get their products included on preferred coverage lists. PBMs have come under increased scrutiny both by President Donald Trump's administration and lawmakers who say there needs to be more transparency about how drug prices get so high.
Tags: Science, Congress, Donald Trump


U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: official

Abrams did not elaborate on the fresh measures but his warning came a day after the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions. Abrams said Washington was also preparing to withdraw more U.S. visas from Venezuelans with close ties to President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old C...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, U S Treasury, Abrams, Maduro, PDVSA, Juan Guaido, U S financial restrictions Abrams, Nicolas Maduro Washington


Venezuela gives U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said U.S. diplomats on Venezuelan soil must leave within three days, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic "interest sections" in the two countries. The U.S. State Department had announced on Monday it will withdraw its staff from Venezuela this week, saying their presence had become "a constraint on U.S. policy." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congres...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, Trump, U S State Department, Maduro, Jorge Arreaza, Juan Guaido, Julio Castro


Venezuela give U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said U.S. diplomats on Venezuelan soil must leave within three days, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic "interest sections" in the two countries. The U.S. State Department had announced on Monday it will withdraw its staff from Venezuela this week, saying their presence had become "a constraint on U.S. policy." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congres...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, Trump, U S State Department, Maduro, Jorge Arreaza, Juan Guaido, Julio Castro


America first: Trump boosts domestic spending on HIV but slashes help for those overseas

The US government has pledged nearly $300m to help end HIV transmission at home but has also announced a huge cut to foreign aid programmes fighting the disease around the world.  In his new budget, unveiled on Monday, Donald Trump made good on promises to provide new money to fight HIV in the United States but slashed funding to the State Department and USAID, which describes itself as the world's "premier international development agency", by 23 per cent.  In his State of the Union address...
Tags: Science, Congress, US, America, United States, United Nations, Medicare, State Department, Donald Trump, Medicaid, Usaid, Trump, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, Emergency Programme, Michael Ruppal


'We won't stop striking': US students taking a stand over climate change

American student activists are joining the global fray and helping to organize the first nationwide strike on 15 March‘My generation knows that climate change will be the biggest problem we’ll have to face,’ said student climate activist Alexandria Villasenor. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty ImagesAlexandria Villasenor looks a slightly incongruous figure to stage a lengthy protest over the perils of catastrophic global warming. The 13-year-old, wrapped in a coat and a woolen hat, has spent...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Minnesota, Nbc, Obama, Congress, Colorado, California, Germany, New York City, US, Global Warming, Nasa, United Nations, Davis


'We won't stop striking': the New York 13 year-old taking a stand over climate change

Alexandria Villasenor is among the American student activists joining the global fray and helping to organize the first nationwide strike on 15 March‘My generation knows that climate change will be the biggest problem we’ll have to face,’ said student climate activist Alexandria Villasenor. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty ImagesAlexandria Villasenor looks a slightly incongruous figure to stage a lengthy protest over the perils of catastrophic global warming. The 13-year-old, wrapped in a c...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Minnesota, Nbc, Obama, Congress, Colorado, California, Germany, New York City, US, Global Warming, Nasa, United Nations, Davis


U.S. Lawmakers Would Really Like to Force 'Smart' Devices to Be Less Hackable, Pretty Please

The internet-connected gadgets, devices, baubles, and geegaws we fill our homes with to perform menial tasks and surveil our every move are often times wildly insecure. And so, members of Congress are taking yet another stab at setting device and reporting standards with companion bills set to be introduced in the…Read more...
Tags: Internet Of Things, Science, Laws, Congress, Mark Warner, Internet Of Shit, Once More With Feeling


Texan Ralph Hall, oldest person to serve in U.S. House, dies: report

Hall, of Rockwall, Texas, died of natural causes at his home, The Dallas Morning News said, citing a spokesman. On Dec. 25, 2012, Hall became the oldest person ever to serve in the House, exceeding the record set more than eight decades earlier by former Representative Charles Manly Stedman of North Carolina. When he died in office in September 1930, Stedman, the last Civil War veteran to serve in Congress, was 89 years, seven months and 25 days old.
Tags: Science, Congress, House, North Carolina, Dallas Morning News, Stedman, Rockwall Texas, Ralph Hall, Charles Manly Stedman


FDA finds asbestos in three Claire's cosmetics products

The FDA said it would work with Congress to update the regulatory framework that the agency has been operating under for more than 80 years for cosmetics. In its safety alert, the FDA identified the products as Claire's eye shadows, contour palette and compact powder and cited the talc used in the products. Claire’s disputed the FDA test results, saying they “show significant errors” and have “mischaracterized fibers in the products as asbestos.” The retailer, which emerged from bankruptcy in...
Tags: Science, Congress, Fda, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Claire


Before Saudi Arabia Goes Nuclear, It May Have to Follow Iran’s Lead

Focus on Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program has risen in the last month after the U.S. Congress opened an investigation into the potentially illegal transfer of sensitive technologies to the kingdom. This week the International Atomic Energy Agency, responsible for verifying that countries don’t divert material for weapons, weighed in on what its inspectors need before the kingdom can start generating nuclear power. Riyadh’s nuclear program is developing “based on an old text” of safeguard rules, ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Vienna, IAEA, Riyadh, Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency


Republicans Just Can’t Stop Talking About the ‘Green New Deal’

The party hopes they can use it to take back seats in Congress and possibly keep the White House in 2020. A cadre of Republican senators plan to take to the Senate floor Wednesday to bash the plan. “We are preparing to have a nice informative colloquy on that issue,” Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, said in an interview.
Tags: Science, Mississippi, Congress, Senate, White House, Roger Wicker


FDA finds asbestos in three products sold by Claire's

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called on Congress on Tuesday to modernize rules for cosmetics safety after it issued an alert about asbestos contamination detected in three products sold by retailer Claire's. The FDA issued a safety alert warning consumers not to use three Claire's products because they had tested positive for asbestos, a known carcinogen. Clair's did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Ankur Banerjee in Bengaluru; editi...
Tags: Science, Congress, Fda, Bengaluru, Claire, Clair, Ankur Banerjee, Reuters The U S Food and Drug Administration


Pentagon Requests $2 Billion over Five Years for Space Force

The Department of Defense on Friday released a plan for President Trump's proposed Space Force, asking Congress for $2 billion to fund it over the next five years.The proposal, sent to Congress on Wednesday, stipulates that 15,000 space-related military and civilian personnel will be transferred from other areas of the Pentagon to the Space Force. DOD officials are asking for $72 million from the fiscal year 2020 budget and 200 people to launch a headquarters for the program, which is expect...
Tags: Science, Congress, America, Department Of Defense, United States, House, Pentagon, Air Force, Trump, Patrick Shanahan, Space Force, Space Force DOD


Pentagon submits Space Force proposal to Congress

The Pentagon has submitted a proposal to Congress that, if approved, would see the creation of a new "Space Force," officials said Friday. The move comes at the request of President Donald Trump, who has insisted that a separate branch of military is needed to focus on protecting satellites and tackling vulnerabilities in space. "Our approach follows President Trump's bold vision for space and commits resources to deliver more capability faster, ensuring the United States can compete, deter, a...
Tags: Science, Congress, United States, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Patrick Shanahan, Space Force


The Five Biggest Takeaways from the Most Important MWC in Recent History

Even though Samsung pre-empted the next generation of new phones when it launched the Galaxy S10 just days before it officially kicked off, this year’s Mobile World Congress still felt special compared to previous shows. There was a frantic energy in the run-up to the show propelled by rumors of groundbreaking new…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Samsung, Smartphones, MWC, 5g, Bendable Phones, MWC2019, Mwc 2019 Wrap Up, Hololoens


Ask Your Central Banker If Climate Change Is Hurting You

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Toward the end of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before Congress this week, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz asked him, “Do you agree that climate change creates financial risks for the individual financial institutions and for our financial system as a whole?” His answer reveals the challenge in finding a long-term, universal answer to business as usual. It also raises questions: What kind of risk does climate change represent, and what will companies do abou...
Tags: Science, Congress, U S, Jerome Powell, Brian Schatz


Washington Governor Announces Presidential Bid With Focus on Climate Change

Washington governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that he will enter the already crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field, citing the "existential threat" of climate change as the primary motivation for his run.Inslee, who represented Washington in Congress for 20 years before becoming governor in 2012, sought to differentiate himself from the eleven other Democrats in the field by emphasizing his commitment to addressing climate change.“I'm Jay Inslee and I'm running for president becau...
Tags: Science, Congress, Abc, Washington, America, Vox, George Stephanopoulos, Inslee, Jay Inslee, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Green New Deal, Focus on Climate Change


With a focus on climate change, Washington Gov. Inslee enters 2020 presidential race

Washington's Democratic Governor, Jay Inslee, emphasizing the "existential threat" of climate change to the safety of the United States, officially announced his candidacy for president Friday morning, joining a field of Democrats that's already swelled to more than a dozen candidates. Inslee, who also represented Washington in Congress for more than 20 years, is the first governor to officially enter the 2020 race.
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, United States, Inslee, Jay Inslee


Senators propose bill to extend biodiesel, other expired tax provisions

Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican who chairs the tax-writing Finance Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat, introduced legislation that would temporarily extend nearly 30 tax provisions that expired in 2017 or 2018 and special tax provisions to address natural disasters. "We’re in the middle of the filing season for 2018 tax returns, and taxpayers affected by these expired provisions need a resolution so they can file," Grassley said, adding that he wants to "find a long-t...
Tags: Science, Congress, Ron Wyden, Grassley, Finance Committee, Charles Grassley


Senators propose bill to extend biodiesel, other expired tax provisions

Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican who chairs the tax-writing Finance Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat, introduced legislation that would temporarily extend nearly 30 tax provisions that expired in 2017 or 2018 and special tax provisions to address natural disasters. "We’re in the middle of the filing season for 2018 tax returns, and taxpayers affected by these expired provisions need a resolution so they can file," Grassley said, adding that he wants to "find a long-t...
Tags: Science, Congress, Ron Wyden, Grassley, Finance Committee, Charles Grassley



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