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Watch: Illinois House Dems have major power on union bill vote

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called a union bill passed by the General Assembly the worst piece of legislation in Illinois history and a "direct, frontal assault on the taxpayers of Illinois." He vetoed Senate Bill 1229 on July 29 and then lobbied fiercely for the Illinois Senate to let his veto stand. Show More Summary

Sunday News: Cause & effect version

Members of the "third house" shape public policy (WRAL-TV) -- Businesses and interest group pour millions of dollars into lobbying the General Assembly every year in order to influence everything from taxes to health policy.http://www.wral.com/members-of-the-third-house-shape-public-policy/14840363/’ Officials:...Show More Summary

DSCC follies: Recruiting anti-LGBT candidate for US Senate

2 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Senator Joel Ford emerges as a potential challenger to Richard Burr: Ford calls himself a pro-business, moderate Democrat. He’s the vice chair of NC Main Street Democrats, a legislative caucus within the General Assembly. And now that...Show More Summary

Why Volunteers Can Help Lead the Changes Required to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

In a few weeks, Governments meeting at the UN General Assembly will endorse the 17 proposed sustainable development goals. Once this stage is passed, the focus will be on ensuring implementation and taking the discussion on targets and benchmarks for success to national and subnational levels. Show More Summary

Sanctioned Members of UN Delegations Subject to US Travel Restrictions

US State Department announced that sanctioned foreign nationals participating in the September UN General Assembly meeting in New York City will be subject to travel restrictions while in the United States.

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Putin’s Visit to New York to Be Short, Schedule Being Coordinated

The 70th session of the UN General Assembly is set to open at the UN headquarters on September 15.

Vatican says won't co-sponsor Palestinian flag initiative at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian U.N. mission to remove all references to it from a draft resolution the Palestinians have prepared for the General Assembly calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to fly at the U.N.

US Politicians Use Media to Push Agenda at Home, Abroad - Ex-UN Delegate

US politicians exploit the mass media to promote their own interests both domestically and internationally, a former delegate of UNESCO to the UN General Assembly told Sputnik Tuesday.

Mogherini Says Could Meet Lavrov on Sidelines of UN General Assembly

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she would likely meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

GM suspends 800 job cuts at Brazil plant, ending strike

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Workers at a General Motors Co plant in Brazil ended a two-week strike on Monday after the company agreed to suspend nearly 800 job cuts, buying time in an industry where idle assembly lines have roiled labor tensions. Show More Summary

First Slice 8/24/15: State rep plans bill making fetal tissue purchase or sale a felony

State Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, says he will introduce a bill when the General Assembly convenes in January that would make the sale of fetal tissue a felony. And yes, it's related to the recent uproar over Planned Parenthood. The Southern Company board of directors voted yesterday to acquire AGL Resources, bringing Atlanta's two largest utilities under one roof.…

Lavrov, Kerry Could Meet at Sidelines of UN General Assembly

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said that Sergei Lavrov will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September if their schedules allow for it.

The Five Ps of Freedom: My Time as a Youth Delegate at the United Nations

Die Luft der Freiheit weht. Stanford University's motto rang through my mind as I approached the row of flags on the corner of 46th and First Avenue. The Wind of Freedom Blows. As I entered the grandeur of the General Assembly Hall at...Show More Summary

Astronomer Celebrates Female Scientists’ “Special Natural Gift for Caring and Educating”  

At the closing ceremony of last week’s general assembly in Honolulu, the International Astronomical Union (you know, the people who demoted Pluto to dwarf planet status) announced three new female members to its board, in a series of long, somewhat boring speeches.

White House Reluctant to Confirm Obama’s Meeting With Putin at UN

President Barack Obama's agenda for the upcoming UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in September is not yet ready, a senior administration official told Sputnik on Wednesday when asked whether the president will meet there with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

GM extends Oshawa assembly line operations until 2017

TORONTO (Reuters) - General Motors Co will keep an Oshawa, Ontario assembly line operating until 2017, the company's Canadian unit said on Wednesday, extending the life of a line that has been repeatedly scheduled for closure over the last decade. Show More Summary

Russia's Putin would consider meeting Obama at U.N.

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend next month's U.N. General Assembly in New York and would "consider constructively" any request for a meeting there with President Barack Obama, Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Putin Plans to Attend UN General Assembly Session in September

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed Vladimir Putin may attend the UN General Assembly in September.

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