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Russia blocked Google briefly, but don't panic

Russian authorities blocked Google for about three hours on Thursday.  And while this may seem like a familiar story — another instance of an authoritarian government blocking major internet sites — this brief Google blockage may have...Show More Summary

Wow: Etihad Is Cutting Chauffeur Service For First & Business Class Passengers

There's no denying that the Gulf carriers are under an immense amount of financial pressure, and we've seen a bunch of cutbacks. Their respective governments don't have unlimited money, so these airlines are having to make changes in...Show More Summary

US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

42 minutes agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened.

Officials: No Policy from Trump On Russian Vote Attacks

2 hours agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

Government cybersecurity and intelligence officials say they haven't received directions from Trump about stopping Russian meddling in future elections, and that Russia targeted 21 election systems in 2016.

Mexico murder rate reaches record high

More than 2,000 murders registered in May, a record high for any month since 1997, government statistics show.

Nauseating Stupidity On Confiscating Homes For The Greater Good

Authored by Mike Shedlock via, When it comes to anti-war pieces and matters of the US government overstepping its bounds in matters of privacy and security, The Intercept is usually spot on. On matters of social justice,...Show More Summary

Census: US growing older and more racially diverse

The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse, a trend that could put strains on government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. Every ethnic … Click to Continue »

France to present new security bill amid extremist threats

French President Emmanuel Macron's new government is presenting a security bill to beef up police powers amid sustained extremist threats to Europe. Macron insists the bill being discussed in Thursday's … Click to Continue »

Compensation for Guam WWII atrocity survivors

The US government has launched a compensation scheme for survivors of Japanese atrocities in Guam, 73 years after hostilities ended on the Pacific island. Japan occupied Guam on December 10, 1941, -- three days after the Pearl harbour...Show More Summary

Luisa Ortega: Venezuelan prosecutor defying president

Her enemies have branded her insane, but those close to Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega say her defiance of the government over the country's deadly political crisis is pure courage. A longtime sympathizer of the socialistShow More Summary

London fire: Local administrator resigns amid criticism

The local administrator in the west London community devastated by a high-rise apartment fire has resigned after government officials criticized the speed of the response to the devastating blaze that … Click to Continue »

Kensington and Chelsea council CEO resigns after Grenfell Tower disaster

LONDON — Nicholas Holgate, the CEO of Kensington and Chelsea council, has resigned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. In a statement, Holgate said he was asked to step down by Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid. Show More Summary

The value of UK inheritance tax is at its highest point since 1980

Inheritance tax receipts have risen to their highest level since 1980 at nearly £5bn, according to official figures released by the government. That is the highest point both in terms of the annual value of revenue, and revenue as aShow More Summary

Shanske:Interpreting State Fiscal Constitutions

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis), Interpreting State Fiscal Constitutions: A Modest Proposal, 69 Rutgers L. Rev. ___ (2017): The fiscal constitutions of many states limit the ability of governments to raise taxes. These same constitutions typically do not impose similar limits on the ability of governments to impose a fee, say a...

ISIS Blows Up Mosul's Grand Mosque as Troops Close In

In what American commanders called a crime against the people of Iraq and the country's prime minister called an admission of defeat, officials say ISIS fighters blew up Mosul's most iconic mosque Wednesday night as government troops closed in. The Grand al-Nuri Mosque, more than 800 years old, was where...

China needs patience to fight costly war against soil pollution: government

BEIJING (Reuters) - China must show patience in its "long war" against widespread soil pollution, the environment ministry said this week, with the country facing a clean-up bill that could reach as high as 1 trillion yuan ($146.39 billion).

Pakistani citizens gasp for clean air

Furhan Hussain moved to Islamabad seeking fresher air, only to find Pakistan's leafy capital in a semi-permanent haze. Frustrated, he joined a vanguard of citizens monitoring pollution themselves amid a void in government data.

Some needed pushback on feds’ snooping

Another day, another revelation about government abuses of surveillance powers and Americans’ privacy. Now, many in Congress are pushing back against such violations. The most recent domestic surveillance revelation comes courtesy of WikiLeaks, which describes the CIA’s efforts to hack home, business and public WiFi networks. Show More Summary

Open plea to the Moulton Niguel Water District: Please, pay your bills

In our combined 75 years of public service, we have witnessed many interesting actions by local government agencies. However, one thing we have never seen is a public agency that refuses to pay its bills. It is simply unheard of for a responsible government organization to be delinquent on valid, contractually obligated payments. But the […]

Officials to get update on public campaign finance option

Montgomery County officials will get an update on the county's new option of public campaign financing for county executive and county council candidates. The county's Government Operations and Fiscal Policy … Click to Continue »

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