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Bercow’s #DigitalDemocracy report – how does it challenge NI Assembly?

12 hours agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy issued their report Open Up! on Monday. The brain child of the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, the commission has no powers and no teeth other than the persuasiveness of their recommendations. The report is centred around five targets: By 2020, the House of Commons should ensure that more...

"A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat...."

The NYT reports.While drones are commonly thought of in the context of missile-firing, unmanned vehicles used against terrorists, there is a wide variety of devices that would qualify. Many small flying drones are available on the commercial market and are used as toys.Mr. Show More Summary

64th Legislative Assembly: Week 4 Highlights- DUI Checkpoints, Taxes, Guns in Schools, Common Core Testing, Voter ID, Governor’s Mansion, and Annual Sessions

Monday starts week 4 of the 64th Legislative Assembly, and by this Friday close to 24% of the Constitutionally-authorized 80 days will have passed. More importantly, they are roughly at the halfway mark before crossover. The House has introduced 474 bills and 18 resolutions. They have passed 69 and five (respectively), failed 11 and one,...

Why are renewable technologies held to a different set of standards?

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee wants a moratorium on fracking so that what it calls the ‘huge uncertainties’ of its impact on the environment can be resolved. If… Continue reading The post Why are renewable technologies held to a different set of standards? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

MPs brand fracking 'incompatible' with UK climate targets

This post originally appeared on Carbon Brief. Fracking should be banned because it is incompatible with the UK 's climate targets, according to the cross-party House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee ( EAC ). The  committee's...Show More Summary

Qatar's ties to militants complicate relations with U.S., neighbors

Even in a part of the world where tangled alliances are as common as sweet tea, one would be hard-pressed to find a country where the same few sweltering square miles house the sprawling operations hub for a huge U.S.-led air war and provide plush sanctuary to the likes of the Taliban and...

TTIP – more “foreign” judges criticising “our” laws?

Last week, on 15 January 2015, TTIP was debated in the House of Commons – see here. It is important for us all, but why? TTIP stands for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed trade agreement between the US, the EU, and various members of the EU including the UK. A sober account of its history and […]

Shock of Shocks: Banning Abortion Would Cost Taxpayers a Shitload

That an abortion ban would end up costing taxpayers millions seems like common sense, but now there are numbers to back it up. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the House of Representatives' proposed 20-week ban on abortion could increase Medicaid spending by half a billion dollars over the next decade. Read more...

Some Republicans see areas of common ground in Obama's speech

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Rank-and-file congressional Republicans leaving the House chamber Tuesday night took a more measured tone in responding to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, focusing on specific policy areas where they agreed with him, even as their leaders released boilerplate statements panning the speech.

Ending Violence Against Women Should Be Common Political Ground

Each year, the American president convenes the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, his cabinet, the Supreme Court, and the American public to report on the state of the union. The speech is forward looking and usually lays out the President's priorities for the upcoming year. This year is different from the last few, though. Show More Summary

Colorado courts wrestle with unexpected side-effect of legalized pot: exploding houses

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Police and courts in Colorado are wrestling with an unexpected, but increasingly common, problem in the wake of of marijuana legalization in the their state: home chemists blowing up their homes attempting to extract the marijuana concentrate commonly known as hash oil from the legalized pot....

Massacre Haunted House: Illinois Defense Attorney Denies Clown ‘Sex Toy’ Allegations

What do haunted houses, clowns, and sex toys have in common? All are part of a very strange lawsuit unfolding in Montgomery, Illinois. A lawyer who is defending employees of Massacre Haunted House, a spooky – and allegedly perverty –...Show More Summary

Control the Clutter: Organizing with Trays In Every Room of the House

You know the table in the room where you just put 'stuff'? Or that collection of 'things' you love, but don't really have much in common with each other? Or all the essentials in your kitchen or bathroom that you want at an arm's reach...Show More Summary

To Angola 3 Supporters, Help Stop LA Gov Jindal From Speaking at House of Commons, London

To all A3 supporters, please pick up the telephone and make 2 calls now. Governor Bobby Jindal will be in London on Monday speaking at the House of Commons about democracy and human rights whilst the state of Louisiana impedes justice for Albert. He has been invited by Damian Collins MP and The Henry Jackson [...]

White House To Host Special 'Selma' Screening

Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo and Common were in Los Angeles for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday night, but on Friday afternoon they're invited to an intimate screening of "Selma" at the White House. The special...Show More Summary

Do Theresa May and Mr Henry Bellingham think we were born yesterday?

On Wednesday the Home Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons about the terrorist attacks last week in Paris. Here is part of the Hansard transcript of the… Continue reading The post Do Theresa May and Mr Henry Bellingham think we were born yesterday? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tale of Two Sketches

Here are two contrasting sketches about Tony Blair's appearance at a House of Commons Select Committee the other day. The first by Donald McIntyre in The Independent takes a balanced view of it all and what Blair had to say, whereasShow More Summary

Robots to help around the house becoming more common

The use of robots is expanding in business, from store assistants to robotic bartenders. Scientists are looking to move the technology to the home, and someday soon users will be able to have robots fold clothes or cook food. Kris Van Cleave reports from New York.

Obama, Congress may find common ground on fighting Islamic State

President Obama and Republican lawmakers are renewing efforts to officially authorize the fight against Islamic State terrorists, an issue that could become one of the earliest areas of cooperation between the White House and the new GOP-led Congress.

Missing Records (19/10/14)

The BBC reports that the missing files scandal in Rotherham Council is not going away and that the Homes Affairs Committee in the House of Commons is demanding answers on what looks suspiciously like a deliberate act to cover up the truth. Show More Summary

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