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How central banks set interest rates

It is generally assumed that central bankers often argue over the appropriate conduct of monetary policy. Focusing on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, this column argues however that based on what policymakers vote for, there is no evidence that they disagree with one another in any meaningful sense. Show More Summary

Christie legal notice bill threatens New Jersey papers

New Jersey may soon become the first state to pass a bill that would reverse the mandate to print legal notices in newspapers. The bill passed Thursday in both the state senate and assembly appropriations committees, could see a final vote as early as Monday. If passed, the measure could hit New Jersey newspapers hard at a time when several...

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Stepping up to the plate: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Monday backed a probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee into alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. elections, saying that the panel was the appropriate place to investigate a subject that has flared in recent days.” Step on the president-elect’s toes by introducing […]

Do Politicians Believe the Stuff They Write in Their Press Releases?

I came across this press release from Representative Charlie Dent’s office yesterday congratulating incoming Appropriations Committee chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey. This passage struck me as funny: Rep. Dent, a strong proponent...Show More Summary

CT Budget Gap Could Hit Transportation Funding (Tolls, Fees Cited as Potential Funding Options)

The Connecticut Mirror reports, “Though it is premature to target specific measures — such as tax increases, fee hikes or tolls — Rep. Toni E. Walker, D-New Haven [co-chair of the state appropriations committee], said trying to offset...Show More Summary

British government insists intervention in Libya 'undoubtedly' saved lives

Response to damning report by MPs says action against Gaddafi was ‘entirely appropriate’, but committee chair warns lessons have not been learned The British government has rejected criticism of its intervention in Libya, arguing its involvement saved civilian lives and claiming the Islamic State group has been weakened in the country. Show More Summary

FOMC Minutes: "Appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate relatively soon"

There are still different views, but most participants think it will be appropriate to raise the Fed Funds rate "relatively soon". (probably means December)From the Fed: Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, November 1-2, 2016. Show More Summary

Van Hollen to replace Mikulski on appropriations, head DSCC

The Maryland Democrat will be the first senator-elect to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Yellen: Rate Hike "appropriate relatively soon"

From Fed Chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.: The Economic OutlookI will turn now to the implications of recent economic developments and the economic outlook for monetary policy. Show More Summary

Be Careful What You Pray For?

Ouch! Wow! We watched, read and listened to the media firestorm reaction to the public disclosure of FBI Director James Comey's recent letter to appropriate Committees of Congress that he was reopening the matter of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State. Show More Summary

Getting away with murder: CPJ’s grim index of impunity

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual Global Impunity Index, appropriately entitled Getting Away with Murder to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on November 2. The data...Show More Summary

UNESCO issues report on Freeports

3 months agoArts : ARCAblog

The Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP) promotes practical tools and communication to raise public awareness about trafficking in and return of stolen objects. Show More Summary

Bill to Alleviate Pain and Suffering Passes Assembly Committee

It was a fitting venue. Today, in the same chamber where the Karen Ann Quinlan case was decided four decades ago, the Assembly Appropriations Committee, chaired by Democrat John Burzichelli, advanced the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill act....Read more

Pennsylvania: Youth Hunter Fix Passes Senate Appropriations Committee

House Bill 1452 (Gillespie-R47) passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, moving one step closer to becoming law. This post Pennsylvania: Youth Hunter Fix Passes Senate Appropriations Committee appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News.

We must protect federal funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Last month, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill for FY17, in which the Committee completely eliminated both the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program...Show More Summary

After a Devastating Year for UN Whistleblowers, US State Department Reports All's Well

In recent years, the Secretary of State has been obliged to report to the Appropriations Committees of the Congress on the implementation of best-practice whistleblower protections at the United Nations, its Funds, Programs, and Specialized Agencies. Show More Summary

A Simple Fix with a Big Benefit: California Lawmakers Consider Closing Loophole to Curb Gas Leaks

After passing the State Assembly Appropriations committee last Wednesday, a little known bill – SB 1441 – is headed for the assembly floor, which is slated to deliver big benefits for consumers and the environment. Not only will theShow More Summary

Russia Rules out New Coalitions in Syria Without UN Resolution

Russia rules out any new formal international coalitions in Syria without appropriate UN Security Council resolutions or a request of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian parliament's upper house, said.

Medicare Counseling: A Lifeline We Must Sustain

By Valerie Bogart, Director, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources, New York Legal Assistance Group Before the members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee adjourned for the July 4th holiday they struck a blow to the independence and wellbeing...Show More Summary

NRA-backed GOP again defeats Democratic efforts to allow spending for federal gun-violence research

6 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Republicans did it again Thursday. Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee tried with two amendments to alter the fiscal 2017 health spending budget to allow the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun-related violence. Show More Summary

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