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    (CNN)New York's Yeshiva University and an LGBTQ student club reached a compromise after the university lost a bid to have the US Supreme Court block a court order that requires the school to recognize that club.The pride group extended the compromise after the school said it would put all undergraduate club activities on hold while it took steps to "follow the roadmap provided by the US Supreme Court to protect (the university's) religious freedom." The university also cited upcoming Jewish holidays as part of its reasoning to pause club activities.On Wednesday, YU Pride Alliance said it would voluntarily agree to a non-legally binding "stay" or pause of a court order requiring Yeshiva University to provide the LGBTQ student club the same resources as it allots to other groups on campus.Yeshiva University puts all student club activities on hold days after Supreme Court declined to block an order requiring the school to recognize LGBTQ clubThe university said it appreciated the offered gesture, and that it looks "forward to it as an opportunity to resume the discussions we had begun, and which...
    A 26-YEAR-OLD mom-to-be has shared that she's not keen on the names her partner has chosen for their tot. And, despite the sentimental reason for one of the names, she's not fond. 2A soon to be mother took to Reddit to find out if she's in the wrong for not liking her partner's choice of baby nameCredit: Getty 2She revealed that the girl name is Patrice/Patricia while the boy name is DustinCredit: Getty In a Reddit post, the soon-to-be mom shared that she is currently pregnant with her first child. Apparently, the father of her child has mentioned on multiple occasions that he wants to name the baby after his brother who died when he was younger, and that he has a name picked out for both a boy and a girl. The woman explained: "The problem is that I absolutely hate both the names he's picked. "The girl one is honestly ugly and the boy one is just weird, I don't even want to use them as middle names tbh. Read more on baby namesNAME SHAME I’m...
    Wimbledon's top officials will travel to the French Open later this week amid a glimmer of hope that some compromise might be found in the row over ranking points. However the options are few, with no chance of Russian and Belarussian players being admitted, and any suggestion that a reduction in prize money be used as a bargaining tool completely groundless. Outspoken Frenchman Benoit Paire insisted on Tuesday that '99%' of male players want the chance to play for points at SW19. 'I'm sorry for Russians (players) but they are the ones causing all the trouble,' he said. Wimbeldon officials will go to the French Open to try and find a ranking points resolution RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Naomi Osaka becomes the first high-profile player to admit... 'It's a lose-lose situation for everyone': Novak Djokovic... John McEnroe and Tim Henman clash in an awkward live TV... Emma Raducanu survives a scare at the French Open as she... Share this article Share 15 shares British No 2 Dan Evans expressed...
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, who came to Congress representing Sandy Hook, begged his colleagues to finally pass legislation that addresses the nation's continuing gun violence problem as the country's latest school shooting unfolded Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.A gutted Murphy took to the floor and demanded that lawmakers do what they failed to do after 26 students and educators were killed in Newtown, the area he represented as a congressman.The Democrat gave an impassioned speech, urging his colleagues to finally find a compromise."Our heart is breaking for these families. Every ounce of love and thoughts and prayers we can send, we are sending," said Murphy, who represented Newtown, Conn. where Sandy Hook Elementary School is located, as a former U.S. Representative."But I'm here on this floor to beg to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues. Find a path forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely," he said.EMBED More News Videos Eyewitness Isaias Melendez decribes the chaotic, emotional ascene outside Robb Elementary...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Chris Murphy, who came to Congress representing Sandy Hook, begged his colleagues to finally pass legislation that addresses the nation’s continuing gun violence problem as the country’s latest school shooting unfolded Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. A gutted Murphy took to the floor and demanded that lawmakers do what they failed to do after 26 students and educators were killed in Newtown, the area he represented as a congressman. The Democrat gave an impassioned speech, urging his colleagues to finally find a compromise. “Our heart is breaking for these families. Every ounce of love and thoughts and prayers we can send, we are sending,” said Murphy, who represented Newtown, Conn. where Sandy Hook Elementary School is located, as a former U.S. Representative. “But I’m here on this floor to beg to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues. Find a path forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely,” he said. The tragedy in Texas appeared to be similar to...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders struggled for hours Friday to find a compromise on a deal aimed at curbing energy prices that have gone through the roof and hurt households and businesses across the 27-nation bloc. There was a clear rift between the bloc’s southern and northern nations during the day-long talks in Brussels, with Mediterranean countries led by Spain pushing for intervention on the market with measures like price caps while Germany and the Netherlands resisted drastic options. Leaders, however, did agree on a proposal from the European Commission to move toward the joint purchase of natural gas and ensuring that the bloc’s storage facilities are nearly full to try to avoid another energy crisis tied to the EU’s dependency on Russian energy. The war in Ukraine has made EU nations realize they have been way too reliant on Russia for natural gas and oil to warm their homes and run their industries. Earlier in the day, the United States and the EU announced a new partnership to reduce the continent’s reliance on Russian energy. Under the...
    Russia and Ukraine's foreign ministers are meeting for talks in Turkey on Thursday, with hopes that a peace deal for Ukraine could be in sight. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba started talks at 8 a.m. GMT in the Turkish city of Antalya. The discussions come two weeks after Russia's full-scale invasion of its neighbor Ukraine. Among Russia's demands are legal assurances that Ukraine will never join the NATO — and have so-called "neutral status" regarding the military alliance. Ukraine has signalled that it is open to discussing Russia's demand of neutrality, and is ready for a diplomatic solution to the conflict. However, it has also said that it must be given security guarantees from its allies in the U.S. and NATO, and not just from Russia. Russia has also demanded that Ukraine acknowledges Crimea, which it annexed in 2014, as Russian territory, and recognizes the independence of the pro-Russian separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbas region. For its part, Ukraine has said it is not willing to cede any of its territory to Russia....
    COP26 President Alok Sharma (L) MP and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change speak at the start of the stock taking Plenary on day thirteen of the COP26 at SECC on November 12, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.Ian Forsyth | Getty Images News | Getty Images Negotiators from nearly 200 countries at the COP26 summit on Saturday reached an agreement to try to prevent progressively worse and potentially irreversible climate impacts. The announcement comes several hours after the scheduled Friday evening deadline. Delegates had struggled to resolve major sticking points, such as phasing out coal, fossil fuel subsidies and financial support to low-income countries. India raised a last-minute change of fossil fuel language in the pact, going from a "phase out" of coal to a "phase down." After initial objections, opposing countries ultimately conceded. The U.N. meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, was billed as humanity's last and best chance to keep the all-important goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius alive. This temperature threshold refers to the aspirational target inscribed in the landmark 2015 Paris...
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Governments at the U.N. climate summit have adopted a deal after making a compromise on coal. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A Chinese ministry leader warned the United States that there is “no room” for compromise when it comes to Taiwan . Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reiterated the Chinese government's stance on the island it considers a part of its country a day after President Joe Biden said the U.S. would defend the Taiwanese in a military incursion. 'VILE': CHINA THREATENS EUROPEAN UNION OVER VOTE IN SUPPORT OF TAIWAN “When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wang said, according to the Associated Press . He also called the island, which claims its independence from China, an “inalienable part of China’s territory” and described the issue as “purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention.” Biden, in a Thursday night town hall, answered affirmatively when asked about the Chinese hypersonic missile test, which...
    After President Biden said at a CNN town hall last night he would defend Taiwan from an attack by China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said there is "no room for compromise" on its territorial claims on the island.  The latest trading of barbs between the U.S. and China over Taiwan comes just a few weeks after China seized on the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan to bolster its propaganda against Taiwan. Since then, China has become increasingly aggressive in its incursions into Taiwanese airspace.  "China, Russia, and the rest of the world knows we have the most powerful military in the history of the world. Don't worry about whether we're going to – they're going to be more powerful," Biden said in the CNN town hall. "What you do have to worry about is whether or not they're going to engage in activities that will put them in a position where they may make a serious mistake." President Biden waves as he and first lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off...
    Social media platform Twitter released a statement casting doubt on Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters’ claim that her account had been "hacked" and "erased." "I have been hacked and my Twitter account has been erased," the California Democrat posted on Twitter to her more than 1.5 million followers on Tuesday. "I know who has done this. I will take care of this. M Waters." MAXINE WATERS RAISES EYEBROWS WITH BIZARRE POST CLAIMING TWITTER HACKED: 'I KNOW WHO HAS DONE THIS' A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the specifics of the tweet but said in a statement that "as is standard, we have open lines of communication with her office and have worked with them to ensure the account is secure" and that "at this time, we've identified no signs of account compromise." Waters was widely mocked on Twitter, after the post, by users who pointed out that her tweets on the account were still visible and that she was still able to actively post on the site.  MAXINE WATERS: TREATMENT OF HAITIAN MIGRANTS WORSE THAN SLAVERY "She tweets on her...
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    In another blow to bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats have ended weeks of negotiations after failing to reach a compromise on legislation to overhaul police practices. Democrats on Wednesday announced that the talks had ended, citing a refusal by the GOP to accept changes to legal protections now afforded to police officers that protect them from lawsuits and prosecution for their actions while on duty. Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat and top negotiator, called on President Joe Biden to instead use executive authority “to bring about meaningful police reform” now that lawmakers have reached an impasse after months of failed talks. Biden signaled in a statement he’s ready to act alone. “The White House will continue to consult with the civil rights and law enforcement and civil rights communities, as well as victims’ families to define a path forward, including through potential further executive actions I can take to advance our efforts to live up to the American ideal of equal justice under law,” Biden said in a statement. Biden has already acted to limit...
    US Muslim fashion model Halima Aden has told how she quit the fashion industry to give it a 'taste of its own medicine' - after claiming they treat models like they are 'disposable' and 'replaceable.' The Somali-born model, 23, who lived at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya before moving to the United States at the age of seven, fronted campaigns for Rihanna and Kanye West's clothing labels, and first shot to worldwide fame at the age of 19 when she was hailed the first supermodel to don a hijab.  Since her big break four years ago, she has appeared on the covers of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia and Allure but has since decided to hand it all in. Speaking to The Times, Halima Aden claimed how the fashion industry treats models like they are 'disposable' and 'replaceable.' US Muslim fashion model Halima Aden has told how she she quit fashion industry to give it a 'taste of its own medicine.' Pictured, at the Women of the Year 2019 Red Carpet arrivals in New York on 11 November 2019 ...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Joe Biden on Sunday for getting 'limited' by Republicans in infrastructure negotiations 'In those areas where there is agreement, Republicans are more than welcome to join so that we can get this work on infrastructure done,' Ocasio-Cortez told NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Sunday. 'But that doesn't mean the president should be limited by Republicans, particularly when we have a House majority, we have 50 Democratic senators and we have the White House,' the progressive New York Democrat continued. Ocasio-Cortez continued: 'This is our one big shot, not just in terms of family, child care, Medicare, but on climate change.' President Biden, along with 10 bipartisan lawmakers, announced from the White House Thursday 'we have a deal' on infrastructure. He later tried to tie the deal to his so-called 'human infrastructure' American Families Plan, but had to backtrack Sunday after Republicans raged and said they wouldn't pass the infrastructure deal if it was reliant on reconciliation. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at President Joe Biden on Sunday, claiming he shouldn't be 'limited by...
    With all 50 Senate Democrats voting Tuesday in favor of starting debate on a revised version of the 'For the People' voting rights act, the party showed that it's shifting on a key issue: voter ID.  Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a key swing vote, included a voter ID provision in the compromise he came up with in hopes of attracting some Republican support.   The GOP has long been pro-voter ID, while Democrats have been against, over concerns it could burden poor or urban voters, who'd be less likely to have a driver's license.  Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin included a voter ID provision in his compromise on voting rights legislation. While Republicans didn't bite, it shows that Democrats could be open to some sort of voter ID in future legislation  The vote to begin debate on voting rights legislation was split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. Sixty votes were needed to break a GOP-led filibuster  Manchin's enticement didn't work, with zero Republicans voting in favor of starting debate on the voting rights bill. Ten Republicans needed to defect in...
    High-profile Democratic campaigners for voting reform are falling into line behind Sen. Joe Manchin proposed compromise, setting up a clash with Republicans after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the plans would 'supercharge cancel culture' and retained a 'rotten core.'  The Senate is due to vote on Tuesday on a sweeping overhaul of election law, that will test Democratic unity in the face of Republican resistance. On Friday former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke, who founded the voter registration group Powered by People, said Manchin's proposal represented progress.  'I am so grateful for what Sen. Manchin has done and what he's doing right now,” he told CNN.  'He's trying to find a way to protect voting rights in this country at a moment that they are under attack in more than 40 states.'  Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is the latest high-profile Democrat to back Sen. Joe Manchin's compromise on voting reform. 'He's trying to find a way to protect voting rights in this country at a moment that they are under attack in more than 40 states,' he said. ...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will introduce a measure Thursday to ban alcohol sales after midnight in an effort to address the serious "nuisance issues" near liquor stores after reaching a compromise with other elected leaders that saw her back off an earlier closing time. The mayor originally introduced the proposal as part of a package to help city businesses recover from the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 9 p.m. liquor sale curfew took effect in the early days of the pandemic and later extended to 11 p.m., the Chicago Tribune reported.  The compromise will be introduced to the city's Committee on License and Consumer Protection. Lightfoot proposed a 10 p.m. closing time, but influential aldermen balked, saying the city would be better off cracking down on problem businesses instead of penalizing all of them as many are still trying to recover, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.  "We believe a midnight closure is a reasonable compromise that addresses the serious nuisance issues raised by late-night liquor sales without unduly burdening our business community," Lightfoot said in a news release. CHICAGO...
    The group of 10 Republican senators that attempted to negotiate with President Biden on coronavirus relief slammed the president in a biting statement Wednesday night accusing him of misrepresenting their meeting and its fallout.  Biden on Wednesday was asked if he will have failed at his promise of bipartisanship if he does not secure any GOP votes for his $2 trillion-plus spending package after no Republicans voted for his coronavirus stimulus either. The president responded that the GOP group he met with before passing the coronavirus stimulus wasn't acting in good faith.  "The last plan I laid out, what was available, what I was suggesting, and how I'd deal with it," Biden said. "And then the Republican group came to see me. And they started off at $600 billion dollars, and that was it." BIDEN'S $2T SPENDING PLAN, BILLED AS INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, SPENDS LESS THAN HALF ON INFRASTRUCTURE Biden added: "If they'd come forward with a plan that did the bulk of it, it was a billion, three or four, two or three. Allow me to have pieces of all what was in there. I would have...
    Facebook will restore Australian news pages this week after reaching a deal with the government over its world-first law regulating big tech. The social media platform was condemned by politicians around the world after it blocked 25 million Australians from viewing and sharing news articles on Thursday. The 'arrogant and disgraceful' move - which also banned charity, health authority and emergency service pages - came after Australia's ground-breaking news media bargaining code passed the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday night. But following talks with Facebook bosses, the government has made some last-minute changes to the law which have appeased the tech giant and brought it back to the negotiating table.   'We're pleased that we've been able to reach an agreement with the Australian government and appreciate the constructive discussions we've had,' said William Easton, Managing Director, Facebook Australia and New Zealand. Facebook has advised the government it will restore Australian news pages 'within the coming days'. Pictured: CEO Mark Zuckerberg Facebook's statement on the deal 'We're pleased that we've been able to reach an agreement with the Australian government and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Avoiding a potentially heated showdown over a proposal for a new community policing initiative in the Roseland neighborhood, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) hammered out a compromise with the Chicago Police Department and the Lightfoot administration on Tuesday to pave the way for a so-called “COP House” on a particularly dangerous block in his ward. Beale said he had been in talks for nearly two years with City Hall and top brass at CPD to bring a community-oriented policing house (COP House) to Roseland, funded by a private donor. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot had pushed back on his proposal, telling Beale she could not support it without more specifics on how much it would cost, who would pay for it, and how it would fit with CPD’s existing community policing strategies. At a City Council Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday, Beale offered up a compromise after lengthy talks with CPD and the Lightfoot administration. His plan would now require CPD to move forward with the COP House proposal only after meeting several benchmarks: A proposed budget...
    NANCY Pelosi has now said she'll compromise on stimulus deal – after being accused of blocking bill to hurt Donald Trump in the election. The House Speaker claimed that she changed her mind due to the "game-changer" of the coronavirus vaccine and Biden's election. 1Pelosi made the comments on FridayCredit: AFP or licensors "That's OK now because we have a new president. A president who recognizes we need to depend on science," she said. "That was not a mistake; that was a decision that has taken us to a place where we can do the right things without should we say 'other considerations' in the legislation that we don't want." Most read in NewsGREAT WAR OF CHINAChina is the greatest threat to democracy since WW2, says spy chiefJOE WAYBiden wants Trump at inauguration & says Hunter WON'T have conflict of interestsSTONE METrump pal Roger Stone claims Kim Jong-un sent boats full of votes to rig election‘SMOKING GUN’Giuliani reveals video of 'hidden cases of votes' that 'prove election fraud'MAULED BY BEASTWoman savaged by shark while diving in Red Sea resort popular...
    For every hijab and turban set sold from Halima Aden and Anywear's collaboration, another one will be donated. Tim Hunter/Newspix/Getty Images Halima Aden, 23, got signed as a model in 2016 after competing in Miss Minnesota wearing a hijab. She has since become the first hijab-wearing model in Sports Illustrated and on the cover of British Vogue. Aden announced on Wednesday that she will no longer partake in shows or shoots that misuse the hijab — citing many of her own that she regrets — and criticized the industry for a lack of Muslim stylists. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Halima Aden, one of the first high-profile models to wear a hijab, has announced that she will no longer walk fashion runway shows, citing religious grounds.  Aden has made history many times since 2016, when she competed in Miss Minnesota, wearing a hijab — accruing national acclaim and a contract with IMG Models, the launchpad for stars including Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen. Since, Aden has graced Sports Illustrated in a burkini, walked for Kanye West's...
    CBS Detroit – The South Lyon Community School District agreed to a compromise on Monday after Governor Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a three-week lockdown for the state and South Lyon Superintendant Steve Archibald advised that the entire school district should go to virtual learning after spikes in COVID-19 in the South Lyon area community. Jennifer Urtel, a South Lyon School Board Trustee told Hometown Life K-8 students will remain in face-to-face learning while high school students will learn remotely for at least three weeks in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s recent closures. Urtel is concerned with people traveling and getting together with others for Thanksgiving and the holidays, that there may be a spike in COVID-19 cases. Even superintendent Archibald has said in the past while cases in the district are low, with cases in the community on the rise, he has been advocating for district-wide virtual learning. With the school board’s decision, secondary students will be learning remotely as-early-as by the end of Tuesday. Elementary students will remain in classes until the Thanksgiving break. Going to online learning until December 7,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mail-in ballot counting has stopped in Philadelphia due to unspecified legal challenges, but it is expected to resume shortly. The compromise was negotiated in large part by Pennsylvania Sen. Sharif Street. The total time for counting to have been paused should be about an hour or so. Ballot counting stopped shortly after the Trump campaign won a legal battle in Philadelphia lower court which allowed poll watchers to be within six feet of ballot counting, rather than the previous 20-foot perimeter. The order, which went into effect at 10:30 a.m., requires all poll watchers to abide by COVID-19 protocols. Trump campaign staffers marched into the PA Convention Center with a court order giving them the right to stand 6 feet away from sorters, instead of the previously allotted 20 feet. ⁦@CBSPhilly⁩ pic.twitter.com/GpwAU0GN9J — Alecia Reid (@alecia__reid) November 5, 2020 “As a result of this incredible legal victory, the lower court’s order has been reversed,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “Now, according to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, ‘all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives’ shall ‘be...
    Bradley Cortright October 29, 2020 0 Comments Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is engaging in a political stunt after she sent him a letter requesting that he respond to Democratic proposoals on a COVID-19 relief bill. In a letter posted on Twitter on Thursday, Mnuchin said, “I woke up this morning and read your letter to me in the press. Because you sent it to my office at midnight and simultaneously sent it to the press, I can unfortunately only conclude that it is a political stunt.” “I have spoken with you almost every day for the last 45 days in an attempt to reach a serious bipartisan compromise that would benefit the hard-working Americans who have been impacted by COVID-19,” he continued. He added, “Because your letter to me inaccurately the status of our current negotiations, I feel obliged to publicly respond.” He continued to say that the administration has responded to Democratic proposals on a relief bill. Additionally, he said he had provided “reasonable compromise positions” on the issues of funding for...
    Brussels negotiators, under pressure from France, have ‘not moved at all’ leading to fresh deadlock Brexit talks face a roadblock this week after France refused to compromise on fishing, with Government sources hoping Angela Merkel will intervene to break the impasse. Sources close to the negotiations said that Emmanuel Macron was refusing to soften his stance and had adopted an “egregious” position on the issue. The UK has proposed adopting a similar arrangement to Norway, whereby fishing quotas would be agreed annually in shared fishing zones. However, sources said that Brussels negotiators, under pressure from France, have “not moved at all” leading to fresh deadlock. The Government hopes the German Chancellor will manage to persuade the French President to budge. A Whitehall source said: “We are relatively optimistic but that doesn’t mean it won’t end in tears. Fisheries is the biggest thing. We are hoping Merkel can unlock Macron on fisheries.” However, a Government source suggested that there was “light at the end of the tunnel” on the other key sticking points of state aid and finding a suitable...
    BORIS Johnson has tonight agreed to restart the Brexit talks after Brussels caved into his demands for the EU to compromise. Michel Barnier will travel to London on Thursday to see David Frost and has declared a deal by mid-November is "within reach". ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Michel Barnier will fly to London for more talks this week after Boris gave it the green lightCredit: AP:Associated Press The reboot came after the bloc's chief negotiator announced the crucial climbdown, completing a major negotiating victory for the PM. He talked around his British counterpart during a phone call this afternoon. Lord Frost said: "We have agreed that a basis for negotiations with the EU has been re-established. Intensive talks will happen every day." A No 10 spokesman added: "It is clear significant gaps remain between our positions in the most difficult areas. "But we are ready, with the EU, to see if it is possible to bridge them." Addressing MEPs earlier, Mr Barnier vowed any deal will be "fully compatible" with the...
    About two months into a Virginia legislative special session, the General Assembly passed a compromise budget bill Friday evening that will head to the governor’s desk. Despite both chambers agreeing on most of the funding priorities, leadership needed to resolve different approaches on funding sources and specific allocations in a conference committee. The compromise bill includes additional funding for education, broadband expansion, utility assistance and potential bonuses for state employees. Lawmakers passed a skeleton budget earlier this year that maintained essential funding but gutted several proposed initiatives because of revenue shortfalls expected from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget passed today keeps some of those initiatives out but incorporates others in light of improving projections. Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee Chairperson Janet Howell, D-Reston, said Friday lawmakers had a budget everyone liked before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, but the state was forced to adjust spending in light of new forecasts. She said the new bill includes money for measures the state can afford to fund without using reserves to ensure the state maintains...
    By Sangmi Cha SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Wednesday proposed allowing abortion up until the fourteenth week of pregnancy as part of a new law designed to comply with a landmark ruling by the constitutional court that struck down a decades-long ban. South Korea criminalised abortion in 1953 when its leaders wanted to boost the population, but exceptions to the law were introduced in 1973, including when the pregnancy was caused by a sexual crime. However, the Constitutional Court overturned the ban in April last year, saying it unconstitutionally curbed women's rights and ordering the government to come up with a new law. Under the new proposal, abortion would be banned after 14 weeks except in the case of a sex crime, or if the health of the mother is at risk, or if the fetus shows signs of severe birth defects, in which case abortion would be allowed up to 24 weeks, the Justice Ministry said in a statement. It also allowed the use of the drug mifepristone for performing abortions. The proposal drew criticism from both sides...
    Republicans in Congress are angry at Democrats even after the party offered to lower spending costs by $1 trillion in a phase 4 coronavirus stimulus package, as negotiations have stalled. Democrats originally wanted to spend more than $3 trillion on a relief package compared to the Republicans’ $1 trillion, which many in the party still have reservations about. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have reportedly not been in contact with the White House for nearly one week. However, Pelosi offered Republicans a deal. Pelosi said Thursday that negotiations will resume only when Republicans agree on $2 trillion, which is $1 trillion less than Democrats had originally asked for. Republicans have not accepted the offer. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who has been leading the negotiation efforts on Capitol Hill on behalf of the White House, said Wednesday that “the Democrats have no interest in negotiating,” something Senate Republicans echoed when asked about the progress of the legislation by the Daily Caller. “The Pelosi/Schumer team is demanding a $2.5 trillion blank check in order to reach...
    BRITAIN has offered an olive branch to the EU over Brexit. We are set to compromise on one key sticking point to get a deal. 1David Frost insisted a Brexit deal 'can still be reached' in SeptemberCredit: Reuters Negotiator David Frost has now told counterpart Michel Barnier that the fate of trade talks is “in his hands”. He is confident a deal can be reached by September but also warned Britain must be prepared for the possibility of leaving without one. Mr Frost yesterday agreed to work with the EU on its wish for a governance deal covering all aspects of our interaction with the bloc. Britain had wanted a series of mini agreements covering different areas. But Mr Barnier warned there was still “substantial areas of disagreement” over fishing rights and the freedom to set our own laws. British officials said there had been “genuine progress” and a deal in the autumn was “a real possibility”. But they warned Brussels needs to accept our new status as a sovereign country. Most read in BrexitBreakingTRIPLE TRAGEDYTexas mom & kids, ages...
    By Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers WARSAW/BRUSSELS, June 22 (Reuters) – The European Union could soften demands in trade talks that Britain follow its state aid rules, diplomats and officials have said, just as the bloc’s own splurge to cushion the hit from the coronavirus has stretched its competition rules. EU sources following Brexit described seeking a compromise as Brussels and Britain, which left the bloc in January, intensify talks on their relationship from 2021, when London’s standstill transition agreement ends. The negotiations have so far made little progress. Britain wants a trade deal with no tariffs or quotas and few strings, while the EU wants a closer alliance that would also cover security, climate and transport, and to align regulations closely between the world’s largest trading bloc and its fifth biggest economy. State aid goes to the heart of a particularly key contentious issue: the “level playing field” guarantees of fair competition. The EU says they are essential to open its cherished single market of 450 million people to British products without the risk of being undercut by laxer...
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